Union Minister for Tourism has inaugurated Eco Circuit: Pathanamthitta – Gavi – Vagamon
– Thekkady at Vagamon, Kerala. Eco Circuit is one of the thematic circuits
identified for development under Swadesh Darshan Scheme.
eco-circuit project in Kerala includes a) Eco Adventure Tourism Park at
Vagamon, b) Cultural Centre at Kadamanitta, c) Eco Log Huts at Peerumedu,
Idukki, d) approach Roads, walking trails, and rain shelters at Pine Valley
Forest, Thekkady, Kumily, Moozhiyar Dam, Penstock and Kakki Dam.
The Swadesh Darshan scheme was launched in
2014-15 by the Ministry of Tourism. It aims at integrated development of theme
based tourist circuits.
Under the scheme, 15 thematic circuits have
been identified, for development namely: North-East India Circuit, Buddhist
Circuit, Himalayan Circuit, Coastal Circuit, Krishna Circuit, Desert Circuit,
Tribal Circuit, Eco Circuit, Wildlife Circuit, Rural Circuit, Spiritual
Circuit, Ramayana Circuit, Heritage Circuit, Sufi Circuit and Tirthankar