BRDC introduces Uru tourism in north Kerala backwaters

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Kasaragod: The state-owned Bekal Resorts Development Corporation Ltd (BRDC) is ramping up tourism by launching a special tourism endeavour which offers tourists an opportunity to explore the culture and history of North Malabar by sailing across the backwaters in the destination in an Uru, a traditional sailing vessel.

In a release, T K Manzoor, Managing Director of BRDC said, “The novel tourism project has been envisioned by the BRDC as one which will offer a rich experience to the traveller by stringing together the cultural, historic, art and other elements of Malabar. The project envisages attracting international and domestic tourists.”

The focus will be also on introducing the art forms of North Kerala along with tribal art. Along with the artforms of the North such as the Yakshaganam, Duff Mutt, Pava kali, Kol kali, Alamikkali and Oppana, tribal art such as the Mangalam Kali, Eruthu Kali, Man Kali will be performed by artistes so as to offer the travellers a peek into the rich cultural milieu of the state.

The traditional culinary delights of the land will also be offered in the package. The travellers will be taken on a journey through the heritage of the state which will include trips to sacred groves, forts, temples, churches and mosques. The package also lets the travellers explore the rich biodiversity of the state, natural medicine, and experience village life as well. Other heritage monuments such as palaces, forts, prehistoric burial locations, and other historic sites will be introduced to the travellers through narratives and visual tools.

Though houseboat tourism is prevalent, backwater tourism through Uru is a first of a kind offering. BRDC, which has been successful in fetching Kasaragod district a spot in the tourism sector with its innovative SMiLE tourism project, hopes to make a significant mark with its new Uru tourism model. The focus of the BRDC is in understating the needs of each traveller and offering the right tourism experience.

The Uru which is being arranged by the BRDC under tourism department can accommodate over 50 people. The travellers will be given a glimpse into the making of the vessel, its history and significance through narratives and visual tools by the SMiLE entrepreneurs trained in ‘story-telling’.

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