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Almost Sixty families took active initiative to bring the destination into a state at which, what we can see there now. 3. Majority of visitors of this place are youngsters which comes under the age group 26 to 30 which constitutes around 30 percent of total visitors and next comes the family section which is limited to around 13 percent. 4. Around 72 percent of visitors coming here are males and females constitute only around 28 percent of total visitors. 5. An important thing to be noted is that 77 percent of people came to know about the destination through their friends and relatives which contributes the lions share to the overall population. This shows that the destination is not marketed in an efficient way. 6. 75 percent of the tourists are frequent visitors of the destination and this is a fact that proves the potential of this destination. 7. Undoubtedly, waterfalls contribute to the 67 percent of visitor’s interests and an area which currently holds a minor 10 percent visitor’s interest; Trekking has a wide scope in the near future. 8. 92 percent of visitors reveal that this destination is safe for women and children. 9. 97 percent of visitors showed their interest in visiting the place again.
10. Medical facilities and food systems are the next things that should be resolved there in accordance to the visitor’s inconvenience. 11. Mankayam is one of the finest examples of a destination least affected with the pollutants like non cleanliness, over infrastructural developments and all. 12. It is a sad fact that, even though the place has a strong potential, it is less popular when compared to others like Ponmudi, Kallar etc which are near to it.
Mankayam is a paradise for a true nature lover as it is enriched in wide variety of flora and fauna. the private sector. 16. Generating greater awareness among public authorities. what they want. 2. share thoughts with them and pure breed of honey called ‘cheru thene’ and ‘van thene’ can be bought from them. Majority of people visiting here are of local residence. 7. the officials should be capable of handling the various guests. this is an aid if rainfall comes or if someone wants to eat and have their food or do a short rest. management. Moreover. Tourist inflow should be properly recorded and developments should be made for the benefit of tourists without affecting the ecological balance of the destination. 3. and the improvement of standards of living in those areas. Proper funding should be made for the periodic development and maintenance of Ecotourism destinations. The visitors can mingle with local communities. Information regarding the nearby tourist attractions should be provided to the tourists by the officials. 4. . the civil society and consumers regarding ecotourism’s capacity to contribute to the conservation of the natural and cultural heritage in natural and rural areas. 15. Suggestions 1.13. which would be a great help to the tourists. regulation and monitoring of ecotourism to guarantee its long term sustainability. 6. In Mankayam. 14. Most of the family tends to bring with them. Disseminating methods and techniques for the planning. Proper waste management and use of non biodegradable materials like plastics and PVC should be monitored. 17. Food facilities should be provided. there are no proper shops or snack bars nearby which is major con side. so that tourist will be more satisfied. 5. There is Bamboo cabanas nearby the waterfalls.
This will help change people’s perceptions regarding tourism and raise their awareness of the opportunities and challenges involved in tourism. This should be accompanied by making efficient use of mass media and other promotional facilities to publicize and promote existing attractions and available resources. Increase opportunities for the efficient marketing and promotion of ecotourism destinations and products on international markets 10. which proved to be largely ineffective. . Promoting the exchange of successful experiences in the field of ecotourism. There should be a separate guide room facilities. 12. A permanent snack bar shop should be opened. Developing and raising Tourism oriented education . 9.8. So that local people will have a job opportunity and also tourist will be more satisfied. The new focus of sustainable development and management of tourism should be on the promotion of economic incentives and environmental education and on building local capacity rather than merely on the establishment of rules and regulations. A gent’s toilet should be there. 11.