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Kerala to open up its pristine mountains for adventure trekking

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Kerala, with its breathtaking landscapes and natural beauty, is set to become a haven for adventure enthusiasts as the state government has decided to identify and promote 50 trekking paths. In a bid to boost adventure tourism, Kerala tourism department has embarked on a comprehensive initiative to highlight the scenic trails, offering visitors an exhilarating and immersive experience.

The decision will enable tourists to explore wilderness and majestic mountains in Western Ghats. “Kerala is a hidden gem for trekking enthusiasts. However, lack of proper trail identification and infrastructure has limited its potential for adventure tourism. Recognising this untapped opportunity, the government has taken a decisive step to map out and promote various trekking paths to attract adventure seekers from far and wide,” said an officer of the tourism department.

As per the details, Kerala government has given sanction to the Director of Tourism Department to allocate an amount of Rs 12.50 lakh to identify and map the selected trekking and hiking routes in Kerala. An order issued by the tourism department said the trekking and hiking routes will be mapped as part of the project ‘Hiking Routes in Kerala-2023’ undertaken by Kerala Adventure Tourism Promotion Society (KATPS).

The KAPTS has conceived the project to make Kerala a destination for adventure tourism and to pitch the incredible unexplored routes in Kerala before the international trekking community.

“The project explores to map out trails of varying difficulty levels to cater to a diverse range of trekkers. The identified trails will showcase the natural wonders that include waterfalls, rare flora and fauna. The project will also ensure safety and convenience for the trekkers. The initiative not only aims to boost tourism but also seeks to generate sustainable economic opportunities for local communities,” the officer said, adding that the project will be implemented aligning with sustainable practices and preserving the ecology.

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