Promoting tourism in Kerala with bike trails

April 7th, 2008 - 5:49 pm ICT by admin  

Thiruvananthapuram, April 7 (IANS) A group of cycling enthusiasts from the US will be coming to Kerala during the next tourist season beginning October to bike along four routes identified for them by a tour operator here. Each stretch of the route is 25 km long and covers areas not well explored by tourists.

The first one begins at Kappad beach in Kozhikode and ends close to ace athlete P.T. Usha’s hometown in Payyoli.

The second starts from the Muzhapilangad beach, considered the most beautiful stretch to drive/bike along, and ends near Kannur cantonment.

The third one is in the hilly terrain in Kasargode and the fourth in the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary passing through dense forests in the hilly district of Wayanad.

“These four routes have been specially chosen for an American tour company which will bring in cycling enthusiasts,” tourism consultant Koshy John told IANS.

John said biking is one area that Kerala tourism has not exploited, though the state has beautiful beaches, scenic hilly terrains and abundant greenery.

“The one limiting factor is that there are no proper maps to identify routes and it is here that the local community can come forward by identifying routes to help tour operators,” he says.

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