Sep 17, 2012 at 11:52am IST

Vizhinjam lighthouse area to get a facelift

The much-neglected Vizhinjam lighthouse and surroundings are all set to become a sought-after tourist destination point, with the Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships under the Union Ministry of Shipping selecting it as one of the sites in the country to get a facelift.

Vizhinjam lighthouse, apart from Kadalur Point Lighthouse in the state, has found a place in the list of centres where a scheme to restore and maintain old lighthouses will be implemented shortly.

Union Minister for Shipping G K Vasan made the announcement while inaugurating a sectoral session on Ports, Ship Building and Logistics, held on the concluding day of Emerging Kerala-2012 here on Friday. He pointed out that old lighthouses which have a heritage value are major tourist attractions in many parts of the world. In India also, such lighthouses have been identified.

“Kadalur Point lighthouse and Vizhinjam lighthouse in Kerala have been selected for development as tourist centres,” Vasan said.

With the announcement that the Vizhinjam lighthouse will be developed as a tourist destination, the area is poised to have the fortune of being led to its past glory and future prospects, at a time when the ambitious Vizhinjam port project is also waiting on its wings for a real beginning. The Central scheme would bring in necessary funds and expertise for creating a new aura around the lighthouse and precincts, which have stood the test of  time.

Irrespective of the status of the Vizhinjam port, the lighthouse has its own charm and splendour in the coast for its towering natural beauty, historical importance and future prospects as a tourist location. The enigmatic location has many legendary tales to tell, as visitors are bound to register a phenomenal increase in the near future for its classification as a destination.