New coracle boats await visitors at Kallar River

Last Sunday, twenty seven new coracle boats were brought from Hogenakkal. Photo: Manorama

Thannithod (Pathanamthitta): Tourists who visit the beautiful locales in Kallar can now enjoy a ride in the river in brand new coracle boats. The boats that are strengthened with tar coating has already begun operating services.

Some of the old coracle boats that were more a year old were almost on the verge of dilapidation. Moreover, the shortage of boats created problems during rush hours.

New boats from Hogenakkal
Last Sunday, twenty seven new coracle boats were brought from Hogenakkal. On the next day itself, the outer surface of the boats were coated with tar. The boats were then launched into the river as soon as the tar dried.

The number of tourists reaching the spot to enjoy coracle boat rides have gone up, especially since there are only a few more days before the summer vacation gets over. Even though it rains in most evenings, people still enjoy the rides in rain.

Strict safety rules
The visitors are thrilled as they feel the cool breeze from the river on their faces. The tourists have to strictly wear life jackets while taking a ride on the coracle boats. Besides, lifebuoys too have to be stored in each coracle boat in order to ensure the safety of the visitors.

How to reach?
Konni – Tannithod Road – Elimullu. From there, drive forward for 4 kms and reach Mundommuzhi bridge, where you will find a waiting shed. The coracle services start from here. 

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