No one can blame you if images of European streets flash through your mind while gazing at the above photographs of the spruced up Vagbhatananda Park at Karakkad in Kozhikode district. The stunning pics of the park were a huge hit among netizens with many people drawing parallels between the facility and European cities after it was thrown open to the public by Kerala Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran.
Everything is special about this park, which is modelled after European style, as it has an elegant design with beautiful statues, open auditorium, badminton courts, children’s park and gymnasium. Keeping in mind the needs of the differently-abled people, the park, which was built at a cost of Rs 2.8 crore by the state tourism department, has special pathways and toilets for them. The tactile paving will help the visually-challenged persons to move around with ease at the park.
The tourism minister had uploaded pre and post-renovation pictures of the park on social media, and also noted that the park was revamped with the support and cooperation of local residents.
The park was constructed in memory of Vagbhatananda, a renaissance leader and social reformer who fought against caste discrimination and superstition that prevailed in the society in the 20th century. The facility was put in place by the Uralungal Labour Contractors Cooperative Society (ULCC), which was founded by Vagbhatananda.
Many travellers, including foreigners, have expressed their desire to visit the park.