WHY KERALA TAKES PRIDE IN CALLING ITSELF "GOD'S OWN
This is my native state, but from my young days I was abroad and am now settled at Chennai in South India.
Here are real-time pictures of the scenic backwaters and lakeside resorts of Kerala. You decide if the title of this write-up
is justified by viewing the pictures. Yes ladies and gentlemen ---This is a heavenly part of your great India which most of
you may not know of.
TONY CHACKO (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The heavenly joy of going along the Backwaters of Kerala in a Houseboat.
Kumarakom, is considered the premier hotspot tourist destination of Kerala.
Kumarakom, the famed backwater tourism hotspot in Kerala, is fast moving forward to become an international Model Responsible
Tourism (MRT) destination. The Kerala Institute of Tourism and Travel Studies (KITTS) is providing equal importance to social, economic
and environmental aspects at the four centers selected in the State for conversion into MRT destinations. Various local agencies such as
panchayats, local community, tourism industry, NGOs will be actively involved in formulating strategies to promote RT initiatives in select
areas. Director of Kerala Tourism, said that the main strategy is to create a sustainable tourism destination with the support of tourism
stakeholders. Each stakeholder will be given the responsibility in making tourism sustainable on the economic, socio-cultural and
environmental fronts, he said. Wayanad, Thekkady and Kovalam are the other three identified spots for MRT destination. It was decided to
elevate at least one destination into the level of international model and Kumarakom was chosen.
Vivanta Bekal, Taj Resort in Kerala.
71 stylish villas and rooms with Kettuvallam house boat motifs woven in Balinese design and laterite lined exteriors spread over landscaped gardens along Kappil Beach Shore.
Great seaside cottage hut facilities of Vivanta Taj