TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IN AND AROUND IDUKKI ARCH DAM AREA

Idukki the second largest district in Kerala state is much known for its unique topographical and geographical characteristics. The hilly terrain ranges from an altitude of 2500 feet above mean sea level to more than 6000 feet. The district amply irrigated by river Periyar and its tributaries provide additional infrastructure for power generation. Idukki arch dam across river Periyar is the second highest in India where as the double curvature arch dam is the biggest of its kind in Asia. Apart from this fact Idukki is a hub of tourism related activities with places like Munnar, Devikulam, Mattupetty, Eravikulam National Park, Chinnar wild life sanctuary etc. to name a few. Amidst all these facts Idukki fails to tap its full resource as a tourism hub due to the apparent lack of amenities and the uneven concentration of activities. Idukki tourism project gains prominence in such a situation. The physical planning evolved around the governmental land areas near to Idukki arch dam and adjacent properties under district Panchayath. The project envisages coordination with various governmental agencies like District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), Department of Revenue etc. The stretch of land near archdam will be landscaped properly and be operated as a garden area comprising of maze garden, children’s play area, amphitheatre, view tower and dining area. Further there is a proposal for a state of art swimming pool and renovation of existing Idukki stadium acknowledging the rich athletic tradition of Idukki and to promote various adventure sports. Real potential of the project becomes evident when the nearby tourist centers like Kalvary mount, Anjuruli etc. gets developed simultaneously and formulates a circuit. Additional spacing and enough fore sight is employed for such a development in the master plan. The second phase of the project oversee the development of an aviary in an eight acre plot adjacent to the Idukki reserve forest with minimum disturbance to wild life. Another proposal is for a rope way revealing the maximum scenic beauty of Idukki arch dam. The tourism master plan clearly follows the development plan for many years to come and the economic plan is been worked out in different phases with enough room for adaptation
Duration: 2008-

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