In November Edition 1 of the latest travel news, we are covering India’s first solar-powered miniature train, Goa’s Sunburn festival 2020, Kochi’s beaches, and more. The COVID 19 pandemic hit the tourism industry the hardest and the road to recovery hasn’t been without hiccups. In fact, governments of various states are now focusing more on the revival of tourism in their states as the key factor in driving their slumped economies. Below are the latest developments in the tourism sector for you to stay updated.
1. Kerala launched India’s first-ever solar-powered train
A solar-powered miniature train was launched in Veli, Kerala on November 2. Boasting all features of a fully-equipped rail system, the solar-powered train also comes with a tunnel, station, and a ticket office. The eco-friendly locomotive can accommodate up to 45 passengers at a time and will afford them to enjoy panoramic destinations to international standards. The ambitious project aims to transform Veli into one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Kerala. Read the full story here.
2. Sunburn Festival 2020 in Goa will not be cancelled
The 14th edition of the Sunburn festival will be hosted in Goa from December 27 at Vagator. The 3-day EDM festival will be a limited capacity event with strict covid 19 precautions in place. The Sunburn festival will also be live-streamed across Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram for fans across the world. Know more.
3. Beaches in Kochi finally reopen for tourists
After 7 months of lockdown due to the covid 19 pandemic, the exotic beaches in Kochi finally welcomed tourists on October 31. People were seen enjoying the beaches with their friends and family alongside following COVID 19 precautions. Find the source here.
4. Visitors return to Bhubaneswar’s Nandankanan Zoological Park
Tourists feel comfortable in Bhubaneswar’s Nandakanan Zoological Park. They have expressed their appreciation for the arrangements made by the management authorities to prevent the spread of Covid-19. With social distancing, thermal screening, and proper sanitization, the zoo received a footfall of 25,000 visitors in a month since it was opened for the general public on October 4. Know more here.
5. Vaishno Devi Temple to allow 15,000 pilgrims every day
Starting November 1, only 15,000 pilgrims will be allowed per day at Vaishno Devi as opposed to 7,000 due to covid restrictions. The holy shrine was reopened on August 16 after a gap of nearly 6 months. In addition, the pilgrims have to mandatorily undergo home quarantine of 14 days after their visit. Read the newspaper article here.
That’s it folks for November Edition 1! We will be back next week for more updates from the travel industry in India to keep you well-informed for smarter travel decisions in the future.
Travel safe. Travel responsibly.