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Kerala Tourism to pilot ‘Ethnic Villages’ project in Idukki

Kerala Tourism is introducing a unique project called ‘Ethnic Villages’ to allow tourists to experience the state’s diverse ethnic culture without disrupting the lives of local communities. 

This initiative, led by the Responsible Tourism (RT) Mission and the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), will commence in the Idukki district.

The project involves establishing an ethnic village on two acres of DTPC land, where visitors can explore traditional art, cuisine, handicrafts, and cultural expressions of Kerala’s Scheduled Tribes. 

The state government has allocated INR 1,27,60,346 for the first phase of this project.

“This novel initiative will present before the world the unique features of Kerala’s ethnic culture,” Tourism Minister P A Mohamed Riyas said.

Riyas also highlighted that the project will play a crucial role in safeguarding the lifestyle, ecosystem, and heritage of ethnic communities while giving visitors a genuine experience of the state’s diverse ethnic culture.

The ‘ethnic village’ will include accommodations inspired by tribal homes, with modern conveniences. It will be divided into two sections: a tourism activity zone and an accommodation zone.

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