Army team to gear up Kerela Adventure Tourism

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A 35-member Army team, that explored Kerala recently had a hands-on feel of the best of what adventure lovers look for  high mountains, lush forests criss-crossed by rivers and gushing brooks and sylvan beaches where water sports flourish.The uniformed  visitors from the Arms and Ammunition Control Unit, led by Brigadier Sudhindra Itnan, had come to the state on an invitation from the Kerala Adventure Tourism Promotion Society, set up by the Tourism Department to give a push adventure tourism in the natures paradise.

The itinerary of the special guests included night trekking at Thekkady in the Periyar Tiger Reserve, trekking to the colonial-era hill station Munnar and a visit to the water sports hub of Cherai beach near Kochi.

Congratulating the Army team, state Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said "visits of groups like this will impart fresh energy to Kerala tourism."

These are going to be prime attractions for visitors, especially youngsters," said Rani George, Secretary, Tourism.P Bala Kiran, Director Tourism, said the department will take all necessary steps to promote adventure tourism in the coming days, for which the industry and other stake-holders will also be taken aboard.

We expect more such visits, since adventure tourism is on the rise and Kerala has the best  tourists look forward in this promising segment", said Manesh Bhasker, CEO of  Kerala Adventure Tourism Promotional Society.He further added, that the visit by the Army team was quite an encouragement to the adventure tourism of Kerala.

Combining the thrill of seeing the unseen places with community service, the visitors from the defence service voluntarily undertook a cleaning drive when they reached Cherai beach, inspiring other tourists and local community of the need to keep the premises spick and span.

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