Kozhikode, Mar 24 (PTI) A tourism project to conserve the mangroves, biodiversity, local resources and traditional jobs in Kozhikode district was launched here today.

State Minister for Tourism and Co-operation Kadakampally Surendran inaugurated the ‘Jalaayanam tourism project’ at the Kambilipparambu Mambuzha Farm Tourism Centre.

Speaking on the occasion, he said five packages would be offered under the project.

They are: ‘Know Kadalundi’, a full-day package, offering country boat rides, taking tourists closer to the mangrove forests, the traditional lake and marine resources.

‘Feel Mohabbath with Mambuzha’ offers tourists a day-long visit to centres where mats, earthen pots, brass iron box are manufactured.

The ‘Chaliyar Triveni Gramayathra’ would take tourists on a ride across three rivers to watch fishing.

A half-day package ‘Yesteryear Villages’ includes a boat ride, visit to a coir-manufacturing unit, coconut tree- climbing, live fishing, and traditional meals.

The ‘Connecting Culture’ package offers trekking and sightseeing of paddy fields, traditional weaving units and art centres.

The Jalaayanam website was launched by Collector U V Jose.

Coordinator of Kerala State Responsible Tourism Mission K Rupesh Kumar gave a presentation on the project, which is being implemented along with the Kozhikode Block Panchayat.

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