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Now, a storytelling tourism drive in Kerala

Now, a storytelling tourism drive in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 27 (PTI): Soon, travellers
will get to discover little known lores and unwritten
historical tales behind tourist destinations in Kerala, thanks
to an innovative drive.

The state-owned Bekal Resorts Development Corporation
(BRDC) is getting ready to implement the ”storytelling
initiative with an aim to make destinations and travel more
attractive to tourists.

Under the comprehensive project, unwritten historical
and cultural tales behind places will be documented, collated
and retold to travellers, an official statement said here.

The project is envisaged to attract new-age foreign
tourists who prefer to know and experience the history and
culture of the land over going on a sightseeing tour.

The storytelling project will be launched in Bekal in
northern Kasaragod district by BRDC and is expected to get
going in March, according to the release.

The project was approved at a recent meeting chaired
by Chief Secretary Tom Jose, said BRDC Managing Director T K

Kerala Tourism Secretary Rani George and Kerala
Tourism Director P Bala Kiran also attended the meet, he

The project would provide foreign tourists a
phenomenal travel experience by compiling and preserving
uncharted and unrecorded historical tales about places
including ancient history, folklore and geographical elements.

Workshops, seminars and community meets-
nattukoottams- will be held along with special training for
storytelling entrepreneurs, the release said.

As a first step, workshops will be organised among
various experts from different fields such as writers and

Later, the dissertations prepared in the form of
stories by experts will be made into books in English and
Malayalam, the release added.

The content will include the real history of a
particular tourist place along with pictures.

The anecdotes will be introduced to both foreign and
domestic tourists via modern technologies.

Tourists can then embark on the storytelling journeys
which will be made memorable with historical, little-known
nuggets of information.

Such stories will be narrated by trained entrepreneurs
enabling travellers to see places and understand its
historical facts, all at the same time.

Myths, life stories, agriculture, folk arts, rituals,
all will be studied and presented as part of this programme.
Thus the compositions will be an amalgamation of experiences,
lives, myths and legends, it said.

Historical records and other remnants like Muniyaras,
Kudakkallu, Thoppikkallu, Surangas, Mukkuthi wells, ancient
weapons, coins and so on, all of which are fading into
oblivion, will also be recorded as part of the initiative, the
release added. PTI LGK

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