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  • Post last modified:June 3, 2024
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Kerala Keravan: A Houseboat Owner's Take

Ahoy, fellow travelers and houseboat enthusiasts! If you’ve been keeping an eye on Kerala’s tourism news, you’ve probably heard the buzz about “Keravan Kerala.” This caravan tourism project promises to be the next big thing, with the government touting its potential to revolutionize how we explore God’s Own Country.

Now, as someone who’s made a living on the backwaters for years, I’m always interested in new ventures. But I also have a few questions and, well, a bit of healthy skepticism.

The Official Spin (And a Dash of Reality)

According to the powers that be, Keravan Kerala is off to a roaring start. They’ve earmarked a hefty budget, handed out subsidies, and gotten the bigwigs in tourism excited. It’s all about offering a unique travel experience, connecting unexplored spots, and boosting the economy.

Sounds great, right? But let’s dig a little deeper.

  • Parking Problems: One of the first things that popped into my mind was parking. Caravans aren’t exactly compact, and Kerala isn’t exactly known for its wide-open spaces. The press release mentions caravan parks in the works, but how many? And how far apart will they be? If you’re cruising along the coast and suddenly need to refuel or empty your waste tank, will you be stranded?
  • Fueling Frenzy: Speaking of fuel, have you seen the number of petrol pumps clustered together in Kerala? Seems like a caravan trip could turn into a game of “spot the pump.” And with a public-private partnership, why limit ourselves to Kerala? Maybe those parking lots could be strategically placed in neighboring states, giving travelers a chance to explore even more of India’s diverse landscapes.

Home is Where You Park It (Maybe?)

Now, here’s an idea I actually like: letting homeowners in tourist areas host caravans. It’s a win-win – travelers get a unique place to stay, and locals get a boost to their income. Plus, it aligns with Kerala’s tradition of hospitality.

But, and this is a big but, it has to be done right. We need to make sure these are genuine homestays, not corporate-run operations disguised as local experiences. A simple way to check? Make sure the ration card matches the address. We don’t want any sneaky business going on!

Electric Dreams (And Sunny Solutions)

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room (or, in this case, the caravan): fuel efficiency and environmental impact. Why not go electric? Imagine caravans running on clean energy, recharging at solar-powered homes along the way. It’s a chance to promote sustainable tourism and reduce our carbon footprint.

A Few More Questions (Just for Fun)

  • Will there be caravan-only lanes on our already crowded roads?
  • Can you get a houseboat and caravan combo package? (Asking for a friend)
  • Who’s going to clean up if someone accidentally spills their fish curry inside the caravan?

The Final Word (For Now)

I’ll admit, I’m cautiously optimistic about Keravan Kerala. It could be a game-changer, but it also has the potential to be a massive headache if not planned carefully. As the project evolves, I’ll be watching closely, ready to offer my two cents (and maybe even a discount for fellow caravaners on a houseboat stay!).

Until then, happy travels, whether by land or by water!

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