Catering to the preferences of tourists in the post-pandemic period, Kerala has announced a Caravan Tourism Policy. The comprehensive policy promises visitors a safe, customized and closest-to-Nature travel experience. Caravans can be parked in picturesque places in the state named caravan parks.
Tourism Minister Mr P. A. Mohamed Riyas said the caravan policy is a paradigm shift since the state made it big with houseboat tourism almost three decades back. The caravan policy will be implemented on PPP mode with private investors, tour operators and local communities as stakeholders, the minister said.
The minister also released the logo of the Caravan Tourism Policy.
The Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism, Dr. V. Venu IAS said the policy will improve access to unexplored locations.
The two major parts of the policy are tourism caravans and caravan parks. Tourism caravans involve specially built vehicles for travel, leisure and stay. The caravan parks are designated places for parking of the vehicles, and visitors can spend a day or a night or an extended period there to explore the destination.
The caravans will have the required facilities for a safe and comfortable stay such as sofa-cum-bed, kitchenette with fridge and microwave oven, dining table, toilet cubicle, partition behind the driver, air-conditioner, internet connectivity, audio-video facilities, charging system and GPS. The real-time monitoring of caravans will also be in place to ensure the security of the guests.
Responsible Tourism will also get a boost through caravan tourism. Eco-friendly activities and local products will be promoted during caravan tourism.