After a long period of suspension due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Kerala government has resumed its famous houseboat services, thanks to an increase in the footfall of travellers.
Bouncing back slowly but steadily after a long COVID-induced halt, the houseboat services in Kerala have finally resumed. Enjoying a stay experience on a houseboat in the serene backwaters is one of the most prominent tourist activities in the state. The announcement has, hence, brought a sigh of relief to boat owners who had taken a severe hit, losing out on tourists due to the pandemic.
With the recent increase in the footfall of travellers in Kerala, the service providers are hoping to bring their businesses back to life and are looking forward to hosting guests. The owners are also aware of the necessary COVID-19 protocols and are following the same. The state tourism department had also recently organised the Beypore International Water Fest, one of the biggest water-themed event in the country, in order to boost tourism and promote water adventure sports in the state. The houseboat services in Kerala’s Kumarakom had earlier been suspended for almost a year, or owing to the widespread pandemic and various lockdowns across the country, and as well as the shutting of borders and the restrictions on air travel.
Addressing the looming threat of increasing Omicron cases across India, the state government has imposed strict protocols, including curfews and restrictions, to prevent the virus from spreading. Keeping in mind the NYE celebrations, the government had in fact imposed a night curfew from December 30, 2021 to January 2, 2022, and no gathering for celebration post 10pm on December 31.