The 19 acre site is lying contiguous to the Veli Tourist village on both sides of the Shanghumugham - Veli Road. The site is just 3km from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, and is 8km from Thiruvananthapuram city centre. The site is within 8km from Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station and within 1km of the Kochuveli rail terminal.
Veli tourist village, the backwater tourism destination of the capital city of Kerala is located 10km from Trivandrum. The village has water sports activities, floating restaurant, landscaped garden with interesting sculptures, cafeteria, children’s park and a floating bridge that attracts several domestic as well as international tourists. The water sports facilities include speed boats and safari boats.
The Thiruvananthapuram district received as much as 1,93,924 foreign tourists and 9,48,579 domestic tourists during the year 2007 and there is a gap of around 3000 quality rooms in and around Thiruvananthapuram City. Also there is a need to have a good entertainment park for the local population and the visitors. The proposed International Convention Centre, Akulam and Veli are located on opposite banks of the Veli-Akulam Lake and are part of the same tourism zone and can be mutually supportive. The internationally famous Kovalam beach is just 16km away from Veli and is well connected by road and canal. The site is also with in l0km from the Techno park campus and IT corridor.
The Project Idea
The project idea, under consideration, has mix of a theme park, recreation components, commercial components and accommodation facility.
The theme park has three district theme zones.
- Showcasing the uniqueness of the three cultural regions of Kerala, Travancore, Kochi and Malabar. The basis of design and detailing for the components in each theme would be showcasing the unique features of the cultural centres of the particular region.
- High street experience of the multi cuisine ethnic food in each theme zone.
- Conferencing with on site accommodation facilities to accommodate 100 well appointed rooms with facilities like modern health club, spa and Ayurvedic spa, seminar facilities, traditional restaurants and theme restaurants swimming pool and water front areas.
The recreation components have to be designed in such a way as to attract tourist and the natives alike. Some of the components suggested are
- Night cricket which is a modified version of cricket, played outdoors in enclosed courts – This would attract the local youngsters as cricket is regarded as a religion in our country now a days.
- Go-karting – This is a variant of open wheel motor sport with single four wheeled vehicles called karts, go-karts or gear box / shifter karts. Different types of racing such as sprint, endurance and speed way can be planned in dedicated kart tracks. This is free time activity which can be performed by almost anybody. Also kart racing is generally accepted as the most economic form of motor sport available.
- Bowling Alleys – Ten pin bowling which is a competitive sport in which player (bowler) rolls a bowling ball down a wooden or synthetic (polyurethane) lane with the objective of scoring points by knocking down as many pins as possible. Brought to USA from Europe this game has risen in popularity as its technology has improved – this will be a novel addition in the recreational facilities.
- Other popular entertainment facilities may be included to develop a fantastic recreation cum fun zone kind of place. – A musical may add to the colour and gaiety of the environment.
- A stand along health club may be developed with gyms and recreational facilities – should have jogging tracks, paved areas and lawns and children's play area with different equipments etc. – This can be availed by Trivandrumites on exclusive membership basis. Indoor tennis clubs and shuttle courts can also be included in this club.
Shopping and tourism would go together. Therefore the complex may be provided with components such as shopping mall, multiplex and spaces for banquets and meetings, marriages and other such functions.
The above project components are only tentative and subject to change after a detailed market and feasibility study for the project.