Kochi: Temples in Kerala will soon find a place on the country’s tourism map with the India Tourism Development Corporation Ltd (ITDC) proposing to launch a daily ‘Temple Tour´, taking visitors to five famous shrines.
The tour which commences from 1August, would cover the famous Lord Krishna temple at Guruvayoor and the popular ‘Nalambalam´ (four temples) will also include a trip to the only Bharata temple in India at Irinjalakuda.
According to Vishnu Mohan, ITDC Manager in Kochi, the tour would cover the Lakshamana temple at Moozhikkalam, Shatrugna temple at Payammel, Bharata temple at Irinjalakuda and Lord Rama temple at Triprayar.
ITDC is hoping that it turns into as big a success as the Chennai-Tirupati tour, moreso since ITDC has little or no presence in the state after the dismantling of it two hotels at Thiruvanthapuram. The temple tour is an attempt to make a strong presence, that caters to people’s religious sentiments, in God’s own country.
“There will be good demand for the tour as there are a lot of tourists, especially from North India and Gujarat,who would like to visit the famous temples in Kerala,” Mohan told media pesonnel, who were taken around the chosen sites.
Those running the temples are happy that ITDC has taken the initiative to come up with a tourism related proposal. Responding to the move, administrators of the four ‘Nalambalam´ temples said they would do their best to provide all amentities to visitors.
According to Dhillon, an active committee member of the Payammel temple, which is not under any Devaswom board, “we have spent money to provide more toilets, including Western type, near the temple and acquired land near the temple for providing parking facilties”.