It goes without saying that beaches, nature, spice hills and backwater cruises come naturally to you as soon as you think of a typical Kerala holiday. However, Kerala is all set to surprise you by springing up a new holiday idea, which is sure to pop up literally in very Kerala itinerary in the coming days.
The hydel reservoirs of Kerala, some of which dating back to a century or more are becoming a big draw for tourists. The state tourist department is going whole hog to tap this novel holiday theme by providing comfortable accommodation facilities at more dam sites. Apart from putting up new buildings, the existing inspection bungalows and tourist Bungalows will be given a facelift to cater to the burgeoning accommodation needs of the tourists.
Hydel tourism in Kerala was flagged off over eight years ago at Munnar and Wayanad. During this period, it has grown from a modest beginning to a full fledged tourist option that draws almost one million visitors annually. Eight sites including the ‘Sun Moon Valley’ at Mattupetty, ‘Trout Lagoon,’ Kundala, Echo-Point and Hydel Park, Munnar, Kakkayam, Banasurasagar and Lower Meenmutty will be included under the hydel tourism plan, with more sites including Anayirankal on the anvil in the subsequent plans.
Apart from a fleet of boats ranging from the slow moving pontoon boats to high speed boats, the ‘Kashmiri ‘shikkaras’ will be floated in the placid waters of Kundala to recreate a Dal Lake cruise magic in Kerala. Add to it the big plus of the opening of the Idukki arch dam during the holiday season from December 20 to January five, which is sure to gloss off your holiday in Kerala, this season.