A pink vista covers the backwater villages of Kottayam every monsoon in Kerala. This year too the water lilies have come out in full bloom. However, due to the global pandemic, tourists have not been able to flock to the backwaters and enjoy the view. However, there is good news for all of us. We will now be able to view the pink vista online. Yes, you heard that right. This is the peak season, and with just a few more weeks left for the lily blooms to fade, the tourism authorities are capturing the flowers for online tours. The authorities want to make sure that people around the world are connected to these destinations despite the existing travel restrictions.
Water Lily Fields Of Kottayam – Most Photographed Attractions
Agencies including the Kerala Tourism, India Tourism, and the Malarikkal Tourism Society have filmed guided tours of the pink vista and other activities in the region. These agencies would be streaming the videos online over the coming days. Did you know that the water lily fields of Kottayam, especially Malarikkal, became one of the most photographed tourist attractions of the State last monsoon? These locations were expecting a surge in tourist arrivals when the raging COVID-19 made the destination out of bounds for visitors. Kayak In The Backwaters Of Kerala In Alappuzha.
E-Festival On Water Lily Blooms
There are also plans to host an e-festival of the water lily blooms along the lines of the online Onam celebrations organised by Kerala Tourism last month. Apart from the flowers, the Tourism Departments are also capturing the village-life experience and backwater tourism potentials of Kerala covering Vaikom, Kumarakom, Murinjapuzha and Amballur. Kerala’s Aveda Kumarakom Resort Turns 500 Feet Swimming Pool Into Fish Farm To Recover Losses Amid Pandemic.
Limited Number Of Tourists May Be Allowed To Visit The Backwaters
In just a couple of weeks, the flowers would be replaced by paddy saplings. Depending on the new travel guidelines from September 21, the tourism associations are hopeful in bringing in a limited number of tourists through the Pazhukkanila water route. And as long as the flowers are in bloom, the Malarikkal tourism society plans to keep making videos and share it on their social media page. Kerala Opens For Tourism; Issues New Travel Guidelines With Minimum 3 Days Stay.
Around 80,000 people visited Malarikkal last year alone during the flowering season. The 120 boat rowers together earned around ₹12 lakh who ferried the visitors. The State government also announced plans to organise a Pink water lily festival on the lines of the Tulip Festival held in Amsterdam. Around 15 locations were also identified for tourism promotion. However, the tourists have not arrived since then.