A helicopter service will be launched between Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) and Guruvayur Sreekrishna Temple with the aim to enhance religious tourism facilities in Kerala.
In the same manner that we have chopper facility for Sabarimala pilgrims from Kochi to Sabarimala, the central government has decided to start a helicopter service between Kochi and Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple.
As per the officials, the Union Ministry for Civil Aviation has conducted a feasibility study on this route and decided to launch services connecting the holy place with the rest of the nation by helitaxi.
“The representatives of the state-owned Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd have already identified two locations to set up two modern helipads near Guruvayur, one adjacent to the Devaswom-owned Srikrishna College and another on the Dwaraka beach at Guruvayur,” officials said.
The company has also started preparing a report on the economic feasibility of the route, the potential traffic volume and the regulatory requirements.
We are expecting that the service would pave the way for tapping tourism potential of the town, where around 10,000 devotees throng every day. The figures will be two-fold during the Mandalam season that has been listed under special security zone.