Talk about seeing an opportunity in every crisis. When the world stayed indoors, worked from home, and rarely stepped out or socialised in 2020, the tourism industry looked at it as a business opportunity. They came upon this brilliant concept of combining work with leisure. And perhaps travel as well? That means you can check into a picturesque resort, do your zoom meetings, and take a break, wine, and dine and explore the mountains and beaches. And there are so many tourist destinations who are already making use of this unique format. They are also offering a travel-on-wheels package along with this. This package seems to be exciting a lot of tourists from outside Kerala. A new term called workcation has been coined thereby.
Pandemic has put the spotlight on health, from boosting immunity levels to nurturing emotional and mental well-being. That is why you should opt for a wellness trip to unwind, cleanse, and rejuvenate. Our state has so many spa and Ayurvedic destinations to restore the mind, body, and soul. Some interesting options include Kalari Kovilakam at Palakkad, the Naatika beach ayurvedic resort at Thrissur and the Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra at Kovalam.
Last year saw tourists flocking the little-known destinations in Kerala with many preferring one-day tourist destinations. This has resulted in the State tourism department taking steps to popularise rural tourist spots in the State and to train over 40,000 volunteers for this job. Through the Malanadu-Malabar cruise policies, the centre is planning to explore the prospects of backwater tourism in North Kerala.
Digital all the way
To control crowding and maintain social distancing there are plans to introduce e-pass facilities at all the important tourist destinations. Hotels can be pre-booked online and restaurant menus will be digitized.