Affordable tour packages introduced by the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) Thamarassery depot by linking major ecotourism sites have started attracting a large number of domestic tourists, especially families and elderly people.
“We have so far organized five special trips in just four weeks to various destinations including Munnar and Nelliyampathy. The total number of our participants so far is 255,” says K. Baiju, Inspector General Control at Thamarassery, he also points out that 75 more people have already booked their seats for the upcoming trips to Munnar and Nelliyampathy.
Thamarassery Depot has offered long distance packages following the success of its organized day trips to various local tourist attractions in Kozhikode and Wayanad districts. The main attraction for families is the affordable package of ₹1,750 for Munnar and ₹1,050 for Nelliyampathy.
“We are in a situation where we are keeping many on the waiting list with the flooding number of inquiries and reservations. A team of officers are now working to coordinate travel and take care of passengers,” Baiju said. According to him, more personalized packages according to passenger demand could be put in place in the coming days in consultation with the high authorities.
Some of the participants in the trips said the comfort and safety offered by a government-backed company was the main incentive for them to be part of it. Many of them also noted that the trips were well organized by meeting the expectations of passengers who belonged to different age groups.