12 Cyclists Ride 1,200km Through Kerala In 10 Days To Boost Tourism | To travel
Kozhikode: A dozen cyclists recently toured Kerala covering the main tourist destinations of the 14 districts in 10 days. The aim of the “Kerala Cycle Tour” was to give a boost to the travel industry in the state, which is gradually regaining its former glory after the global pandemic.
The tour, reported by Kerala Tourism Minister PA Muhammad Riyas to Thiruvananthapuram on December 3, ended in Bekal in Kasaragod district. During the journey, the cyclists covered a distance of 1,200 km.
Videos and photos of the ride were shot throughout the route and are said to be on display at various locations including Dubai and other centers overseas. Organized by Grand Cycle Challenge, an organization based in Kozhikode and DXB Riders of Dubai, the ride covered Thiruvananthapuram, Ponmudi, Thenmala, Alappuzha, Kumarakom, Fort Kochi, Kothamangalam, Munnar, Athirappilly, Kuthiran, Kodungallur, Konnagappiri, Beypore, , Chembra Peak, Mananthavady, Muzhappilangad, Madayipara and Bekal.
Led by the mayor of Kozhikode, Sahir Abdul Jabbar, the team consisted only of professional runners. Among them, Salim Valiyaparambu, Faizal Kodanad, Salah Anappadikkal, Abdul Salam, Anwar Ali, Noufal Muhammed and Noufal Charan came down from Dubai to take part in the adventure. The other riders were Shahul Bosque, Naseef Ali, Riyas Konkath and Shanith.
âWe received good support from people throughout the trip, most of whom were complete strangers. Many of them offered food and water. Some even invited us to the house, âsaid team leader Jabbar.
However, there were also some unpleasant experiences. âGoing up the Wayanad ghat roads, you can see a sign inviting tourists to the neighborhood. Right in front, the police were checking and even forcing families out of the cars. Such incidents could be avoided, âJabbar said.
âWe will prepare a report describing all these experiences and present it to the Minister of Tourism. The shortcomings of various tourist centers will also be mentioned, âhe added.
In the future, the organizers plan to organize a larger event also involving foreign runners.