Thiruvananthapuram: A video in sign language and a braille brochure on local attractive spots were unveiled on Saturday by state minister Kadakampally Surendran, who claimed Kerala was the first in the country to create basic amenities for the disabled at tourism centres.

The tourism minister was speaking after unveiling the new initiatives of Thenmala Ecotourism Promotion Society (TEPS) at a function here.

Surendran launched the refurbished website of Thenmala ecotourism besides a braille brochure on the beautiful spots at Thenmala and a video in sign language.

A 'Buddha Mayuri Corner' set up at Butterfly Safari at Thenmala which gives information about the state's butterfly Buddha Mayuri, a guiding mobile application on the Android platform, and description boards about deer species, to be put up at Deer Rehabilitation Centre, Ottakkal, Thenmala were also unveiled.

"So far over 100 tourism centres in the state have been equipped with disabled-friendly facilities. It is the objective of the tourism directorate to make all the tourism centres disabled-friendly," the minister said.

Claiming that Thenmala was the first planned ecotourism destination in the country, he also unveiled the Thenmala holiday tour package by handing over a copy of it to Kerala tourism director P Bala Kiran.

Kiran said the minister would inaugurate disabled-friendly infrastructure facilities set up in over 100 tourism centres on March 4.

"The facilities include ramps, wheelchairs and toilets. It took eight months to complete the project," he added.

The 16-page braille brochure was prepared by the government school for the visually impaired, Vazhuthacaud.

The four minutes and 35 seconds video in sign language was created with the help of the Government VHSS for the hearing impaired, Jagathy.

These are the first-of-its-kind brochure and video in the tourism sector in the country, according to officials.

The trial version of the mobile application with GPS navigation facility offers essential information for visitors coming from Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Sengottai in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu.

It also consists of brief descriptions about beautiful spots and natural resources on the way to Thenmala.

The guiding navigation application of the TEPS has been developed by Palakkad-based Mobiz Innovations and Research Pvt. Ltd.