The master plans for Kovalam and Ponmudi will be prepared with an eye on comprehensive development for the next three decades.
The state government is in the process of preparing a separate master plans for Kovalam and Ponmudi with an eye on comprehensive development for the next three decades.
In a bid to increase the facilities at Ponmudi, the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) will open a tourist camping centre at Kallar and a wayside rest centre at Vithura soon. The tourist camping centre comprises four guest rooms, a dormitory and a restaurant. “Its construction has been completed,” said Tourism Minister A C Moideen in a written reply in the Assembly.
The rest room at Vithura is coming up at Swaraj Island Park on the way to Ponmudi. It will have a coffee bar and toilets.
The construction of a new 16-room guest house has started at Ponmudi. This will support the existing facilities which include a 15-room guest house run by the Tourism Department and the Tourist Amenity Centre of the Forest Department at Upper Sanitorium which has a cafeteria, restaurant, toilets and an ‘interpretation’ centre. In addition to this, the KTDC is operating ten quarters, a canteen and a conference hall at Ponmudi.
The topic was raised in the Assembly by D K Murali who wanted the government to form a Tourism Hub linking Varkala, Ponmudi and Kovalam and create master plans for their development.