Ministry of Tourism sanctioned projects worth Rs.85.23 crore for the development of Spiritual Circuit III for Kerala under SwadeshDarshan Scheme announced by K J Alphons, Union Minister of Statefor Tourism.

The Minister said the destinations have been selected keeping in view the inherent historic, cultural and religious significance of the places.The Circuit covers religious sites all across the state from Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple in the northernmost district of Kasargode to the Madre De Deus Church in Thiruvanathapuram, the southernmost district. The Circuit will cover several historical religious sites across the state like the CheramanJumah Masjid (Kodungallooor), Koodalmanikyam temple (Irinjalakkuda), St. Thomas Church (Malayattoor), ThriparayarSreerama Temple (Thrissur) etc. In reply to a question, Shri. Alphons said that the sites have been identified after elaborate study and discussions with all stakeholders. He pointed out that sixty per cent of domestic tourism is related to spiritual circuits.