The inaugural floating bridge in the Thiruvananthapuram district has been inaugurated at Papanasam Beach in Varkala, a prominent tourist destination in the state.
Mr. P. A. Mohamed Riyas, the Tourism Minister, officially launched the floating bridge and water sports activities at the beach. Expressing the importance of beach tourism, Mr. Riyas emphasized the need for the state to recognize its potential. The government is committed to connecting various tourist destinations along its expansive coastline spanning nine out of its 14 districts as part of its ongoing project.
The bridge spans a length of 100 meters and has a width of three meters, supported by pillars on either side. At the bridge’s conclusion, a platform measuring 11 meters in length and seven meters in width awaits, offering visitors a vantage point to appreciate the distant sea scenery.
Built using 1,400 high-density floating polyethylene blocks, the floating bridge comes equipped with safety features such as safety boats, life jackets, and lifeguards.
“There exists immense potential for beach tourism in Kerala, and we are committed to harnessing it effectively. The coastal landscape of Kerala is well-suited for water sports, although there are currently only a few projects in place. If managed efficiently, these resources have the capacity to significantly boost the state’s revenue,” he remarked.
The Varkala floating bridge, designed to boost tourism in the region, has been established through a collaboration between the Department of Tourism, the District Tourism Promotion Council, the Kerala Adventure Tourism Promotion Society, and the Municipality of Varkala.
The floating bridge can accommodate approximately 100 visitors simultaneously, with entry permitted from 11:00 am to 05:00 pm.