Kumbalangi in Kerala is to be declared a Responsible Tourism destination bring the total declared in Kerala to five, over the last few years there have been a series of initiatives in Kumarakom, Wayanad, Thekkady, and Kovalam.
Kumbalangi is recognised as a sustainable agriculture village, the plan is to supply products from the village to hotels in Fort Kochi as Kumbalangi more home stays than hotels.
The Ministry if Tourism, working with the Kerala Institute of Tourism and Travel Studies has an ambitious plan: 30 per cent of the classified and approved units located in rural areas will be converted to RT classified units in 10 years. Responsible Tourism investor will be grant aide. A new system is to be introduced whereby 15 per cent of the total investment, subject to a maximum ceiling of Rs.20 lakh, will be provided for investors classified under RT.