Kozhikode: Kerala tourism is gearing up to reach new heights in 2024 with the inauguration of its latest Heli Tourism project in Ernakulam today. The project is expected to provide a significant boost to both the tourism and domestic aviation sectors. "It's a project that facilitates the mobility of tourists in helicopters to their destinations. Tourists can now hire helicopters to reach far-off or hilly areas instead of relying on roadways," said Tourism Minister PA Mohamed Riyas during a press meet in Kozhikode.
The project has been developed in coordination with helicopter operators in the state. To facilitate the project, the state will utilise helipads and facilities under private ownership, informed the minister. There are also proposals to create new helipads on government lands.
Enhanced facilities in Kozhikode
Tourist spots in Kozhikode city will receive additional facilities. Rs 1 crore has been allocated for the beautification of Mananchira Square. The facelift will include an attractive lighting system, improved walkways, and additional seating in the park. The minister held a detailed discussion regarding this with the Corporation's Deputy Mayor. Abandoned parks in the city will be renovated and made ready for kids and families. Rs 2.5 crores have been allocated by the tourism department for the Sarovaram Biopark renovation, said the minister.
Bridges to take center stage
The tourism department plans to give the bridges in the state a makeover by adding more lights. To begin, the Feroke Bridge will be illuminated, said Minister Riyas. The nearby park, under the ownership of the Kozhikode Corporation, will also be renovated. The bridge illumination project is set to launch on January 14.