Kottayam: Ever since Covid restrictions have been lifted, tourist kendras are getting more visitors. District Tourism Promotion Councils' Illikkal Kallu and Aruvikuzhi tourist kendras are getting visitors from all over the state.
Illikkal Kallu nearly got 60 visitors on Friday. They have to register their name, address, and Aadhar number before entering the premises. Those who are not following the state protocols are not given passes. The tourists are allotted only two hours of visiting time. Around 40 people are allowed at a time to enter the premises. The second set of tourists are only allowed after the first set leaves. You have to park vehicles far away and walk towards the location. At the top, DTPC is not allowing vehicles inside. The vehicle service is expected to begin in two days.
Meanwhile, at Aruvikuzhi, visitors were there from day 1 to watch the waterfalls. The rules are more or less the same here and only 40 people are allowed at a time. Between the two kendras there are three guards to supervise, according to the DTPC Secretary Dr Bindu Nair.
Even at Kumarakom tourist centres, the bookings have started. At various resorts, there was at least 25% occupancy. Resort owners are hopeful that things will start to look up during the Onam season. Houseboats and boating have also started in full swing. Looks like the tourism industry will slowly pick up.