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Thematic cruises being developed in Kerala
Thematic cruises being developed in Kerala
Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned the project “Development of Rural Circuit: Malanad Malabar Cruise Tourism Project’ in Kerala under Swadesh Darshan Scheme for Rs. 80.37 Crores. The project focuses on development of water based thematic cruise experiences in and around Valapattanam and Kuppam Rivers of Kannur District.

Kerala Boat races in full swing Kerala Boat races in full swing

Snake boat "Chambakkulam Chundan", powered by oarsmen of UBC Kainakari Boat Club, won the 62nd Nehru Trophy Boat Race held at the Vembanad Lake in this District on Saturday, 9th August. Sree Ganeshan of Kanakari Freedom Boat Club, last year's champions, came a close second and "illikkulam Chundan" of Kollam Jesus Boat Club finished third in the annual event watched by a large number of people, including foreign tourists. Held on the second Saturday of August every year, it is the most popular of all boat races in the world.
 
 
Protecting Italy’s floating city Protecting Italy’s floating city

Big cruise ships will be barred from Venice's Saint Mark's lagoon, to protect Italy's floating city from potential damage caused by growing traffic. Venetians and environmentalists have long voiced concern about tourist vessels sailing close to the fragile city. Last November, Italy's government started limiting traffic on the lagoon and the Giudecca canal, which flows into the lagoon between the main island of Venice and the island of La Giudecca to the south.
 
 
Mountaineering gets costlier in Nepal Mountaineering gets costlier in Nepal

Foreign mountaineers will have to spend more for the insurance cover of their Sherpa guides to climb any Himalayan peak in Nepal including Mount Everest. Nepal is home to more than 1,300 Himalayan peaks - 414 of them, including Mount Everest, are open to foreign climbers who turn up in hundreds every year. An ice avalanche on Mount Everest in April killed 16 Sherpa guides in the biggest disaster in the history of the world's tallest mountain, highlighting concerns that the Sherpas were paid too little.
 
 
‘Small is big’ enough to woo tourists ‘Small is big’ enough to woo tourists

With the aim to promote themselves as world class tourist destinations, the Union Territories of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli on Wednesday unveiled their new projects and plans to popularise themselves among domestic and foreign tourists. Their new logo – ‘Small is Big’ summarises the idea of all Union Territories – that while they are small dots on the map, they have so much more to offer in the form of culture, heritage, wildlife, architecture and natural wonders.
 
 
India's first jellyfish lake discovered India's first jellyfish lake discovered

Marine biologists have discovered a jellyfish lake in Gujarat, probably the first such in India. This is probably the first jellyfish lake to have been found in India. The concentration and density of jellyfish is very high here. Bottom of the lake, spread over 5-6 hectares, was carpeted with a type of jellyfish known as 'upside down jellyfish'. Another unique feature of the lake is that these jellyfish are present all around the year unlike other places where they are reported to be seasonal.
 
 
Trams on way back to Chandni Chowk! Trams on way back to Chandni Chowk!

Trams may be on the way to making a comeback in the Chandni Chowk area here if a PWD proposal is given the go ahead with the government agency also having chalked out a redevelopment plan to decongest the historic Old Delhi neighbourhood. An area of 1.3-km will be redeveloped in Chandni Chowk. As per the plan, trams are proposed to be operated so that the operation of auto-rickshaws, mini buses is stopped.
 
 
Tourists rescued in Nepal after landslide Tourists rescued in Nepal after landslide

More than 500 foreign tourists and their guides have been rescued after a deadly landslide in Nepal blocked a major highway, leaving them stranded in a border town over the weekend, Nepali hiking officials said on Monday. The mostly Indian and European tourists were returning to Kathmandu after hiking expeditions in Tibet when heavy rains triggered the landslide, blocking the Arniko highway to the capital and forcing them to take refuge in Tatopani town on the Nepal-Tibet border
 
 
Locals make authorities re-open tourist spot Locals make authorities re-open tourist spot

Nearly twenty months after the tragic incident in which five youngsters lost their lives, Mahogany Thottam, the river-side tourist destination located in the valley of Malayattoor hill on the outskirts of Ernakulam in in South Indian state of Kerala has been re-opened to the visitors. According to officials, a decision with regard to opening the tourist spot followed repeated requests from the local residents. In December 2012, five cadets under the Delhi Directorate of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) drowned in the Periyar here following which the Forest Department had closed down the spot for an indefinite period.
 
 
Spice route to be re-invented Spice route to be re-invented

Kerala Tourism has signed an agreement with UNESCO to begin a historic cooperation between the state and the world's foremost cultural organisation in promoting and protecting the ancient Spice Route heritage. The Spice Route project is a new milestone in the growth of tourism in Kerala. It is a revival of the ancient spice route that connected 31 countries. Spice Route Project brings together the multi-cultural and multi-ethnic civilisations and communities along the ancient trade route.