India’s savvy Lighthouse Tourism and How it can Kill its Aesthetic Beauty.
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India’s savvy Lighthouse Tourism and How it can Kill its Aesthetic Beauty.

Sep 10, 2018

Taking inspiration from the fact that lighthouses are attracting the tourists all over the world with their beautiful and peaceful surrounding as well as gorgeous oceanic heritage, Ministry of Shipping in India has started implementing the ambitious plan of developing lighthouses along the wide and vast coastline of the country. This move by the ministry is being taken as a great move and booster for the tourism industry.

There are several amazing places to visit in India and development of the lighthouses is definitely going to add few more to the list. In India, there is a total of 189 lighthouses in existence and DGLL, i.e. Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships has planned to develop 78 out of them as tourist places. This development is to be done through private-public partnership.

Credit: Nationalparks
Credit: Nationalparks

The list of lighthouses to be developed includes lighthouses from states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, etc.

Although, the plan appears amazing at first sight, there are certain worrying facts related to it. Let’s have a look at them.

Unnecessary use of technology

Some of the lighthouses have been opened for public visits now. One might have witnessed the beautiful appearance of the lighthouse from outside. It looks like a red and white stripped delicious candy. It is very attractive from outside, but loaded with unnecessary technological changes from inside. The whole scenario inside is heartening to those who love to see the natural beauty and historical heritage. The use of technology can be seen as a move of providing comfort to the tourists. However, it is definitely spoiling the inside look of the houses.

The changes being made are not pleasurable

Lighthouses can be considered as India’s famous tourist nature places due to the oceanic beauty surrounding them. However, the changes being made in the course of development are not pleasurable. Let’s consider the example of Kovalam lighthouse which is officially known as Vizhinjam lighthouse. A glass cage elevator is fitted in there. It fills up the whole central area, which blocks the view of 144 steps which are coiled up to the tower which is 36 metre height. So, those who want to climb up to the top of the tower just ride the elevator missing the joy of climbing the stairs while taking glimpses of the scenes at the bottom. Once you get down the lift, you need to climb a narrow ladder to reach the extreme top. It is of course a kind of dizzying climb and one would prefer to go holding the railing. Additionally, the place is full of crowd. So, rather than enjoying the fabulous views, people feel horrified and tensed.

Credit: Hellotravel
Credit: Hellotravel

Whether to climb up or not?

Some of the lighthouses have ladders to climb up. Sometimes, it is made mandatory to remove the footwear down the stairs. This is real invitation for a big mishap, especially in the rainy season. The ladder can become slippery and with no footwear, you cannot deny a serious fall. If children are also there, then the possibility of such an incident increases as children can be mischievous and carefree at times. Obviously, one starts thinking, whether to climb up or not.

These are the facts, which force us to think if the changes being done are good or bad. It is being said that the areas surrounding these most beautiful places in India will be tiled and beautiful gardens will be developed. There will be children play areas and food stalls as well. However, in my opinion these developments are beneficial for attracting the tourists and ensure their comfort, but they may hamper the ancient appearance of the lighthouses. There is no doubt in the fact that, lighthouse tourism is giving new life to the constructions which are corroding due to sea water and winds, but the way it is being developed can prove dangerous and unpleasant.