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Wayanad dairy tourism a hit

The Malabar Milk Union which recently launched a unique tourism initiative linking cooperative dairying and responsible tourism has received encouraging response from the the dairy industry in many states.

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/53313/wayanad-dairy-tourism-hit.html

17 February 2010


Thiruvananthapuram:

Dr George Thomas, coordinator of Malabar Rural Development Foundation (MRDF) which manages the tourism package, told Deccan Herald that teams from Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh will be visiting Wayanad next month.

As reported in these columns earlier, the package offers the tourists an insight into the Malabar model of dairy development along with a regular tour.

The tourists will get an opportunity to spend quality time with a dairy farm owner in Wayanad and also be taken around attractive tourist destinations in north Kerala. “The itinerary includes a country boat trip through the backwaters, a visit to the boat-making (Uru making) yard at Beypore, a live Kalaripayattu performance and two days in the hill stations of Wayanad,’’ Dr Thomas said. Coffee and tea plantations of Wayanad, visits to the pre-historic Edakkal caves, Pookkodu lake and Soochippara waterfalls are the main attractions in Wayanad which is about 5 hours ride from Bangalore. The tourists will be able to experience the rural way of life in Wayanad and taste Malabar cuisine.

“We are involving farmers having over 10 to 20 cows or those who run mini dairy farms  to be showcased to the tourists. There are more than 1000 such dairies in the Malabar region,’’ Dr Thomas said.

A visit to the state-of-the-art dairy plant at Chembra which is located near a peak will be a highlight of the tour.