The Kerala government has resumed houseboat services after a long hiatus in order to boost tourism in the state. The services have been suspended for a long time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Houseboats were taken out of service in Kerala due to the number of unpredictably imposed lockdowns and travel bans across the country.
However, now that services have resumed, the state is experiencing a boom, as houseboats are the state’s heart. The decision has pleased the owners of the houseboats. Houseboats began operating in Kottayam as soon as the pandemic situation improved, but this did not increase footfall.
Kerala is a heavily tourist-dependent state. Boat owners were particularly hard hit by the pandemic, as they lost out on tourists. Boat owners, on the other hand, have something to look forward to now that the number of passengers has increased.
Despite the fact that international travel has yet to pick up, the houseboat owners are looking forward to resuming their operations after a long hiatus. With COVID-19 restrictions in place, houseboat services have resumed. People are aware of the required procedures and are following them.
However, as the number of Omicron cases in the country rises, houseboat owners have seen a sharp drop in bookings in January, which does not bode well. To promote tourism and adventure sports in the state, the state government recently hosted Beypore Water Fest, one of India’s largest water-themed events.