Now, State to showcase Travancore heritage to lure tourists

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On the lines of Muziris, Alappuzha and Thalassery heritage projects

The government is planning to formulate a Travancore heritage plan on the lines of the Muziris, Alappuzha and Thalassery heritage projects, Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran said here on Monday.

Addressing a function organised to launch two projects here, he said the proposal was part of the government’s policy of promoting tourism by preserving and showcasing the State’s rich heritage.

The Minister launched the projects to set up a digital museum and raise a Miyawaki model forest on the premises of the Kanakakunnu Palace.

He said the Miyawaki forest, coming up on five cents, would be replicated in all major tourist centres of the State.

Named after the Japanese botanist and plant ecologist Akira Miyawaki, the method of urban afforestation involves planting more number of trees in small spaces to promote natural vegetation and enhance biodiversity.

Tourism Secretary Rani George said the digital museum would showcase the culture of Travancore and Kerala. Tourism Director P. Bala Kiran said world-class technology had gone into the concept of the digital museum.

The museum is part of works worth ₹8.94 crore sanctioned to strengthen and preserve the heritage of Kanakakunnu Palace, a bustling cultural hub known for its aesthetically crafted architecture located at the core of a lush green mound.

Even as the central theme of the museum is political and social history of Travancore, it will shed light on the general history of Kerala, its inclusive culture, unique religious traditions and alluring landscapes. It will also encapsulate an array of illustrations and descriptions on spices, for which Kerala has been renowned the world over since ancient days, Ayurvedic tradition and the ethnic knowledge of herbs and medicines.

The museum will take the visitors on a virtual tour down the centuries by aid of project mapping. Visitors to the museum will be treated to a display of the history of Travancore in particular and diverse aspects of Kerala’s culture. Other highlights include innovative table-top display that enables visitors to have a 3D view of objects, audio-visual zone and laser projection, 4D photographic panel and automated ticketing facility.

Audio-visual experience

The audio-visual experience will be supplemented with a sound-and-light show in the evening. The government has given administrative sanction of Rs 4.90 crore for setting up the museum and Rs one crore for its operation and maintenance. An amont of ₹2.90 crore has also been sanctioned for the heritage preservation of the palace. The work will be executed by the Uralunglal Labour Contract Cooperative Society.

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