The project has also secured required clearances including those from irrigation and environment departments.
Boosting the tourism prospect of Trivandrum, state tourism department is planning to develop Eerattinpuram, a tiny island in Neyyar River situated near Neyyattinkara, into an exotic tourist destination.
Tourism Department plans to set up a Rock Park at this two-acre land. The park will strictly follow eco-friendly protocols. “The municipality, which owns the land, has given permissive sanction to the tourism department. Now, an agreement has to be signed between the department, the DTPC and the executing agency,” said DTPC secretary T V Prasanth to TOI.
Eerattinpuram is already attracting visitors even though it is not a mainstream tourist destination. The place is located downstream Aruvippuram and around eight kilometres from Neyyattinkara and 30 kilometres from the city.
The place offers a huge potential to transform it into a tourism destination. A bridge will also be constructed to connect the island with the main land. A major attraction would be two watch towers to be built on two big rocks in the riverbed which can provide awesome views.
A major attraction would be two watch towers to be built on two big rocks in the riverbed which can provide awesome views
Except for Toilet all other construction and buildings will have only bamboo and rock structures. Apart from the connecting bridge and watch towers, the project components include resting huts, tree houses, tender coconut stall, solar street lights and bollards with lights, stone benches, bamboo fencing and earth road. The tourists will also be offered coracle boating facility.
Already the government has given administrative sanction and the project is estimated to cost Rs 2.66 crore. The project has also secured required clearances including those from irrigation and environment departments.