Kerala tourism requires a toilet revolution in Kerala to solve our public sanitation issues and giving new heights to our civilization. Tourists are facing difficulties due to the absence of sufficient toilets in the Kerala tourism destinations and main roads. Taking a serious view on bringing about this Toilet Revolution in Kerala, Government of Kerala has set up E- Toilets in Kerala. (more…)
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Onam festival in Kerala begin with the Tripunithura Athachamayam which is held on Atham asterism of the Malayalam month Chingam ( August – September). The event is a major tourist attraction. Several traditional art forms will be on display in the grand Athachamayam procession– chendamelam, Pambamelam Panchavadyam, Thiruvathrakali,Kolkkali, Pulikkali,Shingari melam,Mudiyattom,Pookavadi , Theyyam, Karakattam, Ammankudam, Mayilattam and many more are presented as floats. Many tourists and local people flock together to witness the procession of caparisoned elephants and colourful tableaus. (more…)
A road show with a novelty – Kerala Tourism organized a snake boat rowing demonstration in the river Thames has been scheduled for the coming London Olympics in 2012.Such an event at the Olympics venue would pave way for 600 million across the globe witnessing the snake boat race live for the first time in their life. It is sure that the world will look aghast by the action and song-back contingent of 114 men in uniform rowing. This will surely catch the attention of world towards our God’s Own Country. (more…)
Bekal Beach Resort and Spa – An architectural symphony
Conceived as the Heaven in the God’s own Country, Bekal Beach Resort and spa is located in Kasargod, the northern district of Kerala. It is a top end five star deluxe beach resort with 166 cottages, built in traditional Kerala architectural style.The first planned beach resort destination in the Country, it is developed by Government of Kerala.
Mr. U.V. Jose, the managing Director and CEO of the project elaborates the details of the project to Kerala Holidays 247
Can you please narrate the Bekal project and its stake holders?
It is developed in 55.43 acres of land with a theme ‘true celebration of Kerala heritage with focus on Malabar. The resort has a total built up area of about 3,00,000 sq.ft. It features different types of rooms including water villas, pool villas, beach villas, garden villas and spas and a state-of-the –art convention centre with a seating capacity of 2000.The total estimated cost of the project is Rs 107.85 crores.
The Bekal Beach Resort and Spa is developed by Government of Kerala through Bekal Resorts Development Corporation (BRDC)with private sector participation.
It is being set up by Green Gateway Leisure LTD(GGL), the hospitality arm of Air Travel Enterprises India Limited (ATE)Group, Trivandrum.
Are we on the right tracks in terms meeting the milestone?
Land development and piling are going on as we speak. The cloakroom construction has started and expected to complete in 3 months. By august 2011, a pilot project will be commissioned with more than 100 rooms.
What are specialty and the significance of the resort?
It’s a first of its kind, a model resort incorporating all aspect of responsible tourism-economic, social and environment. For economic side-when we develop we include local community so that the benefits circulate down. When we started this project the place was like an isolated village with 300 plus families and with no roads. Because of our resort a road has been constructed in a shared land and the local community is now connected with other parts of the area by road. With 156 rooms and all facilities, a resort of this kind can be helpful to local community. We are motivating local people to cultivate vegetable, fish and other things and we can procure these things for the resorts instead of buying from outside states. This way we are making this resort a truly model resort to enhance social, economic and environment standards.
The site has unique feature of both beach and backwater frontage. It has 400 meters of beach and 700 meters of backwater frontage with a scenic lush green of coconut palms. The accommodation units are mostly single storied cottages.
What are the other facilities planned in the resort?
The resort will be equipped with Library, Money Exchange/ ATM, Travel Desk, Internet Centre with WiFi access, Health club and Beauty salon, Handicraft Village, kids club, Facilities for differently abled, amphitheatre and Open air auditoriums, Water Sports Activities, Canal Boating and Walking & jogging trails.
What are the future plans of GGL?
GGL is special purpose vehicle set up only for Bakel resort project. A series of many projects have initially envisaged being the Bakel as the first one. Plans for other phases are yet to be finalized. These projects will cover areas from south to north of Kerala including Trivandrum, Kumarakom, cochin, Wayanad, Kasargod etc.
Kerala Agri-Food Technology Meet – AFTM 2011 is being organised by Department of Industries & Commerce, Government of Kerala, in association with Kerala Agricultural University as well as K-bip (Kerala Bureau of Industrial Promotion). Agro-Food Technology meet will be held at the Lulu Convention Centre, Thrissur from February 24-27, 2011. (more…)