Bhoothathankettu dam site will be soon developed into the first adventure tourism spot in Ernakulam district. Plans are afoot to develop it into a perfect outdoor tourist destination with an aim to attract the youth for camping experiences and adventure sports. According to the district tourism promotion council, the project will be targetting techies mostly for conduct training camps. Night camping options and trekking trails will be developed as part of this adventure tourism initiative.
The project will also include a day trip starting at the Marine Drive, which would enable the tourists to experience various popular adventure sporting activities like trekking and kayaking. Located just eight kms north-east of Kothamangalam,Bhoothathankettu is a perfect choice for a quiet and tranquil holiday, however many people prefer to skip this spot due to its poor infrastructure and lack of transportation facilities. There are many leisure activities in Bhoothathankettu including jungle trails , boat rides, rock climbing and fishing . The initiative to make it a base camp for adventure sporting activities would surely give it its well desired place in the tourism map of Kerala. Indulge in the breathtaking beauty of the unexplored destination of Boothathankettu through these well captured snap shots in Sreesobhin’s gallery and we bet, it will become your favorite weekend hang out spot in Cochin .
A helicopter taxi service ( Heli Taxi Service) has been introduced by Cochin International Airport ltd, which will be utilised for transporting pilgrims and tourists to various destinations. The HeliTaxi has over 20 years of experience in Helicopter operation and belongs to Bangalore Bharath Airways Private Limited. In a bid to give further impetus to the tourism prospects of Kerala, CIAL had recently launched its tourism division in association with over 30 Tour operators.
The American made Bell-407 helicopter has a capacity to carry 5 passengers and two Pilots and is expected to reach Nilakkal from Cochin in just 30 minutes, thereby saving a lot of time and effort of the pilgrims. It will be an ideal transportation choice for the aged and disabled pilgrims or those who are hard pressed on time.
The heli taxi services will be a boon for Sabarimala pilgrims and tourists who can explore even the remote parts of Kerala very easily. It has also obtained permission from Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), which manages the hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa, for operating this service to Nilakkal (Foothills of Sabarimala) and its services will be extended to Saramkuttiyal (near Sannidhanam) for emergency purposes like causality evacuation or for security requirements.
The Heli Taxi can operate approximately for 30 hrs in a month and is hoping to take a minimum of 150 passengers to various locations in the State. It will be a good choice for adventure tourists to reach the unexplored spots that are not well connected with other modes of transport