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Kerala introduces heli-tourism connecting 11 destinations in the state

In a significant move to boost tourism and enhance connectivity, the state of Kerala has inaugurated a pioneering heli-tourism project. Tourism Minister P.A. Mohamed Riyas officially launched the initiative, designating Kochi as its central hub.

This ambitious project aims to connect 11 key destinations across the state, including Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Jadayu Para, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Idukki, Munnar, Kumarakom, Kozhikode, and Kasaragod.

Minister Riyas highlighted that the heli-tourism initiative seeks to minimize time spent on travel, providing tourists with efficient and seamless access to popular destinations. In addition, Kerala Tourism plans to unveil an informative microsite dedicated to heli-tourism.

Further developments in the project include the introduction of new helipads in strategic locations. Discussions with private stakeholders have already commenced to streamline the project’s implementation.

The heli-tourism services will be categorized into three types: ‘City Rides’ for short trips within or near cities, ‘Destination-to-Destination Connect’ facilitating exploration of tourist destinations within the state, and ‘Tourism Packages’ offering curated trips linking multiple destinations.

Kerala Tourism will play a facilitating role, while private agencies will be responsible for providing services, adhering to all security specifications. Approval from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) is mandatory for the commencement of services.

Choppers used for heli-tourism will have a seating capacity ranging from 6 to 12 passengers. Expressions of interest will be invited shortly, requiring aspiring operators to submit detailed plans for consideration, as outlined by Minister Riyas. The launch of this heli-tourism project is poised to transform the tourism landscape in Kerala, offering visitors a unique and efficient way to explore the scenic beauty of the state.”

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