Kerala’s Varkala Cliff Is A Gloomy Destination With No Tourists In Sight Due To Covid-19

by Sanjana Shenoy
Kerala’s Varkala Cliff Is A Gloomy Destination With No Tourists In Sight Due To Covid-19

Kerala gears up to welcome tourists who are vaccinated or can show a negative RT-PCR test report taken 72 hours before reaching the state. The government has opened tourism centres after several months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, in order to ensure the safety of both tourists and the locals, Kerala has launched bio-bubbles to create protective layers of mostly vaccinated service providers to receive and host tourists in sightseeing spots to soften the blow on million dependent on tourism for a living. Meanwhile, busy-beach town Varkala cliff is a gloomy destination with no tourists in sight due to Covid-19. Most of the neighbouring shops are closed, Tibetan Kitchen remains shut and the tourist destination unfortunately has a ghost-town feeling.

Kerala Launches Vaccinated Bio-Bubbles For Tourists

Kerala Tourism Minister PA Mohammed Riyas stated to ANI that the bio bubble will ensure tourists landing in any Kerala airport meet and interact with only vaccinated ground staff. From the airport, the tourists can drive to their chosen destinations in taxis, driven by vaccinated drivers provided by tour operators. PA Mohammed Riyas also stated that the same goes for resorts, homestays and hotels which will have all vaccinated staff.

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Kerala’s bio-bubbles are sanitized, safe and secure environments. The people within these bio bubbles will be fully vaccinated who will come into contact with vaccinated tourists. Meanwhile, all tourism centres in Kerala were re-opened on August 9 and will be accessible to tourists who have taken at least the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine or possesses a negative RT-PCR test taken 72 hours. This applies to houseboats, homestays, hotels, resorts and other open tourism spaces. Meanwhile, here are some international travel experiences in India.