Augmented reality walkway project at Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple gets approval

You can watch the 360 degree images of the Navratri celebrations, Lakshadeepam, Painkuni festival and more in HD quality if Kerala tourism mobile app is opened in front of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple. Photo: iStock/santhosh_varghese

Thiruvananthapuram: The tourism department has approved the augmented reality based heritage walkway project to improve the tourism scopes of the iconic Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple.

The project aims to provide augmented reality experience of the entire area by using a mobile application at the temple and surrounding area. The tourism department has sanctioned Rs 60.18 lakh for this project.

There would be fifteen videos that are fifteen minutes long. The tourism department says that it would cost Rs 45 lakh for preparing the videos alone. Meanwhile, Rs 6 lakh would be spent for research, interface designing and developing the mobile application. The total expenses would be Rs 60.18 lakh including the GST.

Project to be completed in 6 month
The authorities have instructed to complete the project in under six months. The images would be seen on the mobile screen if the application is opened using the camera at anywhere from East Fort Ghandhi Park until the area where the Kottavathil ends.

Interestingly, you could watch the 360 degree images of the Navratri celebrations, Lakshadeepam, Painkuni festival, Velakali, Pallivetta and Alpasi festival in HD quality if the mobile application is opened in front of the temple. Besides, there would be 3 D animation and navigation map too.

The augmented reality could be enjoyed by installing the Kerala Tourism app by the tourism department. You could even hear a narration while watching the images or videos. The department plans to introduce the project at various tourism centres including Alappuzha.

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