Floating bridges have been opened for public in Kozhikode, Kannur, Kasaragod, Thrissur, Malappuram, Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram districts. With the commencement of floating bridges in Alappuzha and Kollam districts, the goal of floating bridges in all the nine coastal districts will be completed. The first floating bridge in the capital district was inaugurated yesterday at Varkala. As part of promoting coastal tourism and adventure tourism, the Department of Tourism is providing an opportunity to walk on the sea.
After Kozhikode (Beypur), Kannur (Muzhapilangad), Kasarkot (Bakal), Malappuram (Tanoor Tuwal Thiram), Thrissur (Chavakkad), Ernakulam (Vypin Kuzhuppilly) the floating bridge was started in Varkala. The specialty of the floating bridge is that you can walk through the bridge floating above the sea according to the movement of the waves.
The 100 meter long and three meter wide bridge has pillars on both sides. The platform is 11 meters long and 7 meters wide where the bridge ends. You can enjoy sea views from here. The bridge is constructed using 1400 high density floating polyethylene blocks floating in water.
Tourism Department Minister Mohammad Riaz said that the floating bridges have received a lot of response and will be spread in more places. The minister also pointed out that the media reported that the floating bridge collapsed due to climate change. He added that Chavkade floating bridge is still functioning well.