Published On: Wed, Dec 7th, 2011

Kerala soon to become a Global Pilgrim Tourism Centre

Kerala, one of the smallest states of India, is host of a large number of temples, mosques, churches and several other places of worship.
According to the Press Trust of India (PTI), it will soon become a global pilgrim tourism centre. A pilgrim tour “Darshan Yatra” is decided to be launched by the Kerala Government in order to attract more tourists to the state.
Pilgrim Destinations of one’s choice can be selected from this special package designed by the State Tourism Department.
According to the location of major pilgrims, the state has been divided into three zones. The ‘Yatra’, lasting two days, will be arranged in three packages.

The first package covers south Kerala, beginning from the capital city, Thiruvananthapuram, covers Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Kovalam, Veli, Attukal,Tiruvallam and Neyyar Dam.
The second package starts from the commercial city Kochi, covering Ernakulathapan Temple, Thripunithara, Kaladi,  Athirampuzha,  Guruvayur  and Kadampuzha.
The third package begins from Angamali and covers Kanniyur, Malayatur, Bharananganam, Pala and Valiyapalli.
Plans to setup a global village in Kochi is also under consideration, tourism officials said.
Around 8.5 million domestic tourists and 700,000 foreign tourists visited the state, according to latest figures.

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Kerala soon to become a Global Pilgrim Tourism Centre