Vande Bharat, Visa Regulations, Kerala Tourism… tourism news that interested readers in 2023 | Travel

From plans, jobs, mini-cations and business tours to destination weddings, 2023 is a year that sees a surge in different types of travel, according to many travel enthusiasts. From Gen Z and millennials to retired couples, people have been bitten by the travel bug after the last few years of restricted travel due to the pandemic. The travel news they were interested in also ranged from changing airport rules and visa regulations to Vande Bharat trains. Here are some of the most read unique travel trivia:

A few months ago, airport authorities published a list of items that are not allowed to fly while traveling by air from India to UAE. The move comes even as the India-UAE air corridor has become one of the busiest routes, with a large number of Indians traveling to the Gulf for business, tourism and work.
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The North American country of El Salvador recently announced an entry fee of US$1,000 (Rs. 83,219) for travelers from India and 50 African countries. Along with Value Added Tax (VAT), a visitor from these countries will have to pay USD 1,130 (Rs 94,038) to enter El Salvador. Why?
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Rajadhani Express (Train No: 12431/12432) was the longest ‘non-stop train’ in India covering a distance of 528 km between Vadodara and Kota in 6 hours and 45 minutes without any stoppage. In the last week of August, the railways decided to make a stop, on an experimental basis, at Ratlam Junction in Madhya Pradesh and the train lost its record.
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British traveler Yad, a travel vlogger who runs the YouTube channel ‘Yad Ventures’, made a fascinating video after staying in Kerala for about four weeks and visiting its tourist destinations. According to him, many things set Kerala apart from the rest of India.
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Yad mentions 5 things he loved about the state and shares them with his followers. Photo: Yad Ventures


In a groundbreaking announcement, UAE Minister of Economy Abdullah bin Tuq said a single visa will be introduced for residents of all GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries. The measure was intended to enable hassle-free travel in the region and provide a boost to tourism.
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A new international ferry service between Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu and Kankesanthurai in Sri Lanka was launched in October. The venture marks the revival of passenger ferry services between India and Sri Lanka, a service that was discontinued in the 1980s.
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The cost of the round trip service is Rs 13,000 plus tax. Photo: IANS


The railway company announced the Vande Bharat sleeper trains around October and the railway minister also gave a glimpse of the luxurious interior through his social media pages. Its fully air-conditioned carriages will meet European train standards.
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Kerala’s first glass bridge was inaugurated in August at Kolahalamedu in Waghmon, allowing visitors to enjoy the sighs of Mundakkayam, Kutikkal and Kokkayar. It is also the longest cantilever bridge in the country, according to authorities.
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From the glass bridge at Kolahalamedu, visitors can enjoy the views of even distant places like Mundakayam, Kuttikkal and Kokkayar. Photo: Capturedayz.com


Willmount Geodesic Domes, a tourist facility nestled amidst a vast cardamom plantation in Wagamon, impresses both local and international tourists with its top-notch facilities, eco-friendly amenities, restaurant, cycling and trekking trails. What else is special about this traveler’s paradise?
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The Willmount Geodesic Domes are nestled amidst a vast cardamom plantation on a mist-shrouded hill in the town of Elappara. Photo: Special arrangement


From next year, visa and passport services for Indian expats will be brought under one umbrella. The facility also provides door-to-door delivery of services.
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