The first ever of its kind, a lighthouse-cum-resort is going to be built in the coastal region of Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu. Coastal area resorts are one of the most cherished tourist places, and the amalgam of a 18th century lighthouse-cum-resort augments a wide variety of choices for the tourists.
The Noida based Directorate which has administrative control of the entire national coastline, which is divided into nine districts ranging from Gandhidam to Port Blair, will soon be called for presentation of tenders for the construction of 60 cottages.
A restaurant-cum-food court, coffee shop and recreational centre are among the facilities that the department has included.
“This will be the first such lighthouse in the country to get such facilities. It will be constructed under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.
All the required approvals, including under the CRZ (Coastal Regulation Zone) rules, have been obtained and sent to the Union Shipping Ministry for final approval,” said D. Venkatraman, Director-Chennai Region, Directorate of Lighthouses and Lightships.
The Muttom Lighthouse is about 20 km from Nagercoil and 10 km from the tourist spot of Eraniel. There are several beaches nearby. It is still functional and guides fishermen and passing ships. Guests are allowed up the lighthouse and can get a view after a quick climb.