Kumily: International travel destination Thekkady is getting crowded with tourists yet again after COVID-19 lockdown restrictions were eased. This has prompted the authorities to resume all the boat services on the lake, which is the biggest attraction of the place.
There will now be five daily boat trips - at 7.30 am, 9.30 am, 11.15 am, 1.15 pm and 3.30 pm - from Wednesday. Earlier, boat services were resumed at 9.30 am and 3.30 pm after the lockdown was partially lifted. Later, considering the arrival of more tourists, the boat services were rescheduled to 7.30 am, 11.15 am and 3.30 pm. Now, the frequency has been increased to five trips a day.
Thekkady came to life again with the arrival of holidaymakers from Tamil Nadu and other states during Deepavali.
The boating fare at Thekkady is Rs 385 per person. In addition, an entry fee and bus fare of Rs 100 is charged as visitors are taken to the boat landing in Forest Department’s bus. Visitors would be allowed into the Thekkady tourism centre only based on the availability of boat tickets, said authorities.
Meanwhile, entry is banned for children aged below 10 years and senior citizens above 60 years, they added.