As many as 100 destinations in Kerala will be declared as 'Accessible Tourism Destinations' this year, State Tourism Director P Balakiran said.
Stating that 'Accessible Tourism Initiative' is high on the Kerala Tourism agenda, he said a Barrier-Free International Kite Festival is being organised as part of the Accessible Tourism Initiative (ATI) in Kovalam.
"The main event of the International Kite Festival will get underway on Sunday and is expected to draw a sizable crowd that would include kite flying enthusiasts and others. As many as 650 participants, including differently-abled individuals, are expected to take part in the festival," he said in a statement here.
The Department of Tourism and Kerala Responsible Tourism (RT) Mission have joined hands with Helping Hands Organisation (H2O), an NGO working with children with autism and other learning/behavioural differences, to organise the event.
The fest will also see professional representation from UK, US and Malaysia, and national participation from the states of Gujarat, Chandigarh and Karnataka. Planned as a fundraising event, the funds received would be directed towards the work that H2O does.