Seeking to put the
ancient port town of Beypore on the global experiential tourism map, Kerala
Tourism Minister P A Mohamed Riyas on Sunday inaugurated a comprehensive
Responsible Tourism (RT) project to showcase its panoramic water-front
settings, history and culture before the world.
Riyas said promoting
experiential tourism that simultaneously helps increase footfall, supports the
local community and preserves the environment, culture and heritage is on the
State should offer a novel and refreshing experience to visitors.
on tourism is that the state should offer a novel and refreshing experience to
visitors. It should also bring benefits to the local communities without
upsetting their day-to-day life. This is why the government is giving high
priority to the projects of the RT Mission. The RT model of tourism is now
being extended to the entire state,'' Riyas said.
Beypore has all the required features to become a global RT hub, the minister
said its panoramic settings, maritime history, shipbuilding tradition and
harmonious and vibrant culture will not fail visitors looking for a different
Beypore was a vital link in maritime trade with West Asia
maritime history dating back to centuries, Beypore is also renowned for cross-cultural
influences and communal amity. Long before the advent of the western
colonialists, Beypore was a vital link in maritime trade with West Asia and the
commercial hub of the Malabar region,'' the minister said.
The project aims
to develop Beypore as an RT hub of international stature on the model of
'Pepper Tourism' and 'RT Villages'. The project will be completed by 2024 in a
Corporation Mayor Dr Beena Philip presided over the function and District
Collector Narasimhugari T L Reddy and RT Mission State Coordinator K
Rupeshkumar were present.
Beypore was renowned for the wooden ships built by the local artisans
renowned for the wooden ships built by the local artisans, who made strong and
weather-resistant vessels with exceptional skill and artisanship much before
the modern technology made its foray. The ships, known as 'uru' (dhow) in local
parlance, were in great demand and they carried the bulk of trade with West
Located about 6 km
south-west of Kozhikode city on the estuary where the River Chaliyar empties
into Arabian Sea, Beypore is one of Kerala’s oldest ports. The project, based
on participatory development model, seeks to relate tourism to the area’s
alluring landscape, mercantile history, ship-building tradition, skills and
craft, diverse cultural influences and rich and nourishing cuisine, the Tourism
Department said in a release.
The project area,
includes Beypore beach and port, Kadalundi estuary and bird sanctuary, villages
on the banks of Chaliyar river, and other spots of historical importance.
The inaugural ceremony was followed by a workshop on RT
ceremony was followed by a workshop on ''Responsible Tourism and Local
Development”, which was led by RT Mission State Coordinator, Rupeshkumar. The
project comes as part of concerted efforts to take tourism deep into the
state’s interiors and hinterland, which would help visitors experience the
vibrant culture of the state in all its diversity.