Kerala, known for its pristine beaches, lush greenery, and rich cultural heritage, is adding another feather to its cap. The state is set to introduce the first public sector caravan park near the historic Bekal Fort in Kasaragod.
This initiative, spearheaded by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation (KTDC), aims to provide tourists with a unique blend of historical exploration and modern comfort.
The Bekal Fort, constructed in the 17th century, stands as a testament to Kerala’s architectural prowess. With its walls touching the Arabian Sea, the fort offers breathtaking views, making it a perfect spot for caravan tourism.
The fort’s history is intertwined with various dynasties, from the ancient Kadampa Dynasty to the British East India Company, each leaving its mark on the fort’s architecture and design.
Caravan tourism, though a relatively new concept in India, is gaining traction globally. It offers tourists the flexibility to chart their own course, allowing them to explore off-the-beaten-path destinations.
Kerala’s caravan parks are designed to provide tourists with all modern amenities, from air-conditioning to kitchenettes, ensuring a comfortable stay, as reported by The Hindi.
The state government’s Keravan Kerala initiative is a significant step in promoting caravan tourism. With plans to develop around 150 caravan parks, Kerala is poised to become a major caravan tourism hub. The government’s support, in the form of subsidies and a comprehensive caravan policy, further underscores its commitment to this form of tourism.
However, the journey hasn’t been without challenges. The initial enthusiasm for caravan tourism was met with hurdles, including administrative challenges and a lack of private investment. But with the introduction of more public-sector caravan parks, the future looks promising.
As reported by The Hindi, sources in the Tourism Department are optimistic about the growth potential of caravan tourism in Kerala, stating: “With more parks coming up in the public sector, it is expected to improve the prospects of the sector.”