Inspired by Kerala’s backwater tourism, the Andhra Pradesh government wants to start one of its own.
The tourism department and district administration of East Godavari are in talks with the entrepreneurs in the state to develop Konaseema into a beautiful tourism hub.
Konaseema in the Godavari delta is often known as East Kerala due to how similar it is to Kerala’s backwaters. This is also why it’s sometimes regarded as ‘God’s Own Creation’.
The government wants Konaseema to be developed close to what Kerala’s Kuttanadu looks like, reports The Times of India.
And of course, it will have houseboats!
Last week, the Andhra Pradesh tourism department selected a team of 12 from Kerala to visit Konaseema and see how they could develop it. The team liked the region.
The state government has also offered subsidies, loans and concessions to those who are interested in transforming the area into a popular tourist spot.
According to TOI, the Konaseema houseboats will have staff members from Kerala for the initial few years. The plan has been confirmed by the East Godavari district collector Kartikeya Misra, who told the publication that Konaseema would be following Kerala’s model of tourism.
“Konaseema is almost like Vembanad Lake. We know how Kerala has developed its tourism. We are aiming to replicate it here. The team from Kerala liked Konaseema. And we have offered them some incentives,” he told the publication.