After being shut for around six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kerala opened up for domestic tourists in early October. From November 1, the state has opened its beaches, museums and parks as well to tourists. November 1 is also observed as Kerala Day. All other tourist destinations opened up in the state from October 12. Kerala has also launched many new tourism projects including the Veli Tourist Village and Kerala Art and Crafts Village. For the operation of the beaches, parks and museums, the state has released detailed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which all the visitors need to follow. Read on to know the details.
SOPs For Beaches And Other Tourist Destinations In Kerala
The beaches, parks and museums in Kerala have finally reopened, after a gap of over seven months. Tourists need to strictly adhere to the SOPs at the beaches, houseboats, hill stations and other adventure spots. The SOPs are as follows:
- All visitors need to wear face masks, use soaps and sanitisers and follow social distancing.
- Tourists visiting for less than 7 days do not need to quarantine themselves, however, they must register themselves on the COVID-19 Jagrata portal.
- Surfaces susceptible to high human touches like handrails, shelters and walkways will be sanitised at regular intervals.
- The sanitisation staff will clean and fumigate toilets and restrooms at regular intervals.
- The authorities will put up boards with various DOs and DON’Ts at the tourist spots.
- Details of the visitors will be entered in a register during entry.
- There will be online/SMS booking available at the gated entries of parks and museums.
- Tourism police will assist lifeguards and volunteers when required.
Popular Beaches And Museums In Kerala
Some of the most ravishing beach destinations in Kerala include Kovalam, Varkala, Mariri, Kannur, Bekal and Cherai. The state is also home to some offbeat beaches like the Vallikunnu beach and the Padanna beach. Some noteworthy museums in Kerala include Napier Museum, Thrissur Museum, Kerala Folklore and Cultural Museum, Indo-Portuguese Museum, The Teak Museum, Hill Palace Archaeological Museum, Wayanad Heritage Museum and loads more.
So, once it’s safe to travel, how about planning a month-long trip to Kerala to explore all these wonders? Meanwhile, allow us to take y’all on a virtual tour to Kerala’s best-kept secret, the Kairali Ayurvedic Healing Village: