Adrenaline-filled adventures of water parks can be fun for thrill seekers of any age. The newly opened Thangassery break water toursim park, in Kollam, has been experiencing an amazing turn out ever since its inauguration on April 27, say authorities. The 2.5 acre park charges only Rs 10 for entry and is open from 2 pm to 8 pm, every day.
The park in-charge S Sudev says, “While we have around 2,000 people visiting the park on weekdays, on weekends it can go up to 5,000. Most of our visitors are families.” In April, entry was free for everyone and now, it's still free for kids under the age of 5. Also, Rs 5 is charged for children between 5 and 12 years of age and Rs 10 for others. “The decision on whether the rate will stay or be revised will happen after an upcoming meeting with the district Collector. More rides and water sports facilities might also get added after the tendering process,” he adds.
A perfect spot to enjoy the sea
Set up at the entrance of the Thangassery Break water system, the park is designed to offer a perfect view of the sea divided by a 'pulimuttu' or bund. On one side of it, the sea retains its rough character with forceful waves keep battering the coast, while on the other, the water remains placid.
A string of amenities including an open-air stadium with a capacity to accommodate 400 persons, a view tower overlooking the sea, seats that face the sea, bicycle tracks, kiosks, a playing area for children, a tourist information center, and a toilet block among other attractions have been set up as part of the project.
Floating bridge to come up at Thangassery
A floating bridge that will enable visitors to walk over the rollicking sea waves, thereby providing them with an enthralling experience, will also come up here soon, Tourism Minister Mohammed Riyas said while launching the breakwater tourism project.
Kollam has been included in the Spice Route Heritage project, the minister added.
A total of nine floating bridges in nine districts are being laid down to substantially boost the tourism prospects of the state. The amusement facility has already been laid down in Kozhikode, Kannur, Kasaragod, and Malappuram districts. Now the southern districts of the state too will feature the facility.
The Tourism Department has decided to widen the scope of the Heritage Protection project. As part of it, more heritage projects will be developed in Kollam. Thangassery, with its serene beaches having historical importance, will be part of the scheme. A detailed report on the same is under preparation, Minister Mohammed Riyas pointed out.
The tourism potential of Kollam, which has breathtaking backwaters, serene breaches, and beautiful hilltops, is yet to be fully tapped. New projects will be rolled out for that, the minister added.
The tourist destinations and centers should be kept neat and tidy. The cleaning activities should be carried out regularly. For this, the tourism clubs of educational institutions should play an active role. The eco-tourism heritage circuit, announced in the budget, will be started this year itself, the minister added.