Kochi: Kuruva Island, which remained closed since June following the advent of monsoon, will be open to tourists from November 1. A meeting of the Kuruva Destination Management Committee (DMC), chaired by O R Kelu, MLA, decided to complete the beautification work of the ecotourism destination in Wayanad district before the opening. The work includes construction work of a rain shelter and seating arrangement for tourists, construction work of protection wall and hand rails on the banks of the Kabani river and installation of surveillance cameras and setting up of a modern waste management system. The Tourism Department has earmarked Rs. 42.28 lakh for the beautification work under the Green Carpet project of the State Government and the work is progressing under the supervision of District Nirmithi Kendra.
Kuruvadweep, a string of 64 islets spread over 1.47 sq km, is situated near Pakkom in the estuary of the Mananthavady river and the Panamaram river, the tributaries of the Kabani, and has a unique biodiversity-rich ecosystem with a collection of rare flora and fauna. The land, under the South Wayanad forest division of the Forest Department, shows ecological succession of the natural vegetation in the Nilgiris biosphere. As the islets are a safe haven for unique plants and microorganisms, the entry has been permitted to only one of the islets. The islets are a safe haven for thousands of migratory birds and butterflies. River crossing on bamboo raft is another attraction of the destination and the construction work for a new bamboo raft is underway.
There are two ticket counters functioning at Pakkom and Palvelichom for tourists and ferry services are available at both the counters. The Pakkom counter is under Forest Department and the other is being managed by Kuruva DMC .