Splash 2017: An Eventful Wayanad Monsoon Carnival Draws Good Response

Kochi: Wayanad Splash 2017, a joint initiative of Kerala Tourism and Wayanad Tourism Organisation (WTO), saw a good number of tour operators, media and travel experts coming together at Kalpetta, the district headquarters of Wayanad, between July 7 and July 9 to experience and promote the 8th edition of Wayanad Monsoon Carnival. “450 travel operators from all over India participated in the event. The B2B meet was attended by 130 sellers and 450 buyers. Since we put a cap on the number of participants this year, the buyers and sellers could have good interaction,” says K Ravindran, WTO General Secretary and Proprietor of Pranavam Homestays in Wayanad.

E M Najeeb, Founder and Chairman of ATE Group of Companies, inaugurated Splash 2017 while Kadakampally Surendran, State Tourism Minister, inaugurated the valedictory function of the event. The Wayanad Monsoon Run was flagged off outside the Flower Show ground by Rajpal Meena IPS, Wayanad SP. The run commenced with the half marathon runners starting off first, followed by 5-km and 10-km runners after a gap. The SP himself participated in the run.

“This year, resorts and homestays from neighbouring areas like Coorg, Nilgiris, Mysore, Kannur, Kasargod and Bekal also participated in the event. We are planning to develop this as a tourism circuit. Discussions are going on in this regard,” Ravindran said.  Destination visit, property visit, outdoor activities, adventure activities, cultural programmes, sponsored programmes, mud football, off-road jeeping etc. were some of the other major highlights of the Splash 2017 event.

Subrahmanian, General Manager of CGH Earth Wayanad Wild, said it was the flash mob and mime performances to spread awareness about the nine-point charter of Kerala Travel Mart (KTM) which caught his attention. “With the aim of promoting eco-friendly and responsible tourism and empowering the local community, KTM has adopted a nine-point charter termed as ‘Agenda 9’. This charter calls for measures to put in place proper waste management system, plant trees, harvest rainwater, procure organic farm produce, tap renewable energy, reduce use of plastic, facilitate procurement of locally-available products, ensure livelihood opportunities, and promote art, craft and cuisine. Each of these themes was presented through the flash mob and mime programmes,” says Subrahmanian.

The Wayanad monsoon off-roading event at the Flower Show ground was inaugurated by C K Saseendran MLA, by flagging off a ‘fun drive’ that was held in connection with the event. The two-day programme was organised by the Jeep Club, Wayanad. A ‘skill drive’ of four-wheel-drive vehicles was conducted on a specially laid 7-km off-road track inside Eva Estate at Madakkimala on July 9. S Suhas IAS, Wayanad District Collector, flagged off the event. Around 225 adventure motorists, including three women, from Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Goa and Maharashtra took part in the event.

A national ‘mudball championship’ was also organised in connection with Splash 2017 at Kakkavayal in the district. Team Pranavam of Pranavam Homestays bagged the mudball championship trophy. The monsoon cycle race organised as part of Splash 2017 saw the participation of Mohamed Shafi, Kalpetta DySP.