The captivating coastal town of Alappuzha in Central Kerala, globally acclaimed for its backwater tourism, is now poised for a remarkable transformation into a beachfront sanctuary. Nestled amidst enchanting backwaters, the region’s intricate network of lakes, canals, and rivers, along with its iconic houseboats, has long been a draw for travelers. The Tourism department is orchestrating a revitalization, spotlighting the once-overlooked coastline to captivate the imaginations of globetrotters.
Among the ambitious plans is the introduction of thrilling water sports and the creation of a floating sea bridge at Alappuzha Beach. Anoop Kumar K, Secretary of the District Tourism Promotion Council, shared insights, “The first to come is a floating bridge at the Alappuzha Beach, which is buzzing with visitors on weekends and holidays. The bridge will protrude 100 meters into the sea and can be boarded at low and high tide. We’re aiming to ready the structure by Christmas.” This marks a significant addition to the state’s existing floating bridges.
An array of water sports activities, including surfing, jet-skiing, parasailing, banana boat rides, and snorkeling, will be gradually introduced at Alappuzha Beach. An exciting Beach Fest at Marari Beach is also on the horizon, tentatively scheduled from December 26 to December 31. A committee is working on finalizing the event, which may include music shows, dance performances, and culinary delights.
Simultaneously, the Tourism department is undertaking the development of Purakkad Beach as the state’s premier beach ecotourism site. Anoop emphasized, “The project will be implemented in coordination with the Social Forestry wing of the Kerala Forests and Wildlife Department, including conserving the Casuarina grove adjacent to the beach. It will result in job creation for the local populace.” The initiative encompasses creating pathways, eco shops, toilets, and gradually introducing caravan tourism and camping.
With the harmonious convergence of tranquil backwaters and the vastness of the sea, Alappuzha’s coastline is unique. Through innovative initiatives, community engagement, and ecosystem conservation, the Tourism department aspires to elevate this coastal paradise into a global sensation in the coming years.