- State policy eyes a tour de forceOne state, many worlds: this is the recurrent theme in the Karnataka Tourism Policy 2009-14, which was unveiled here on Wednesday. The policy focuses on how Karnataka seamlessly integrates its modern Silicon Valley tag, with being recognised globally as a cradle of stone architecture.Listing out concerted steps that need to be taken to market Karnataka as a global tourist hub, the policy aims to raise Rs 25,000 crore worth investments over the next five years.
- Bangalore eyes the tourism pieBangalore may soon get another sobriquet as the tourist haven of India, if the state’s new tourism policy gets implemented in letter and spirit.Principal secretary, tourism department, K Jothiramalingam said Bangalore would be one of the prime beneficiaries of the policy’s focus on developing destinations under public-private partnership (PPP) models.
- More chariots to hit the roadThe state tourism department will soon unveil Silver and Bronze Chariots, on the lines of the famed Golden Chariot.While the Silver Chariot will begin operation from January, the Bronze Chariot service will be operated fromMarch-April.
- Frills thrown in to fill up Golden Chariot
With occupancy rates of Karnataka’s flagship luxury train, the Golden Chariot, as the target, the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) and Jet Airways announced a tie-up on Monday. Called `Golden Jet Escapes’, the package will offer a flight to Bangalore from several national and international destinations and move on to an onward journey on the luxury train.
- ‘NICE’ facelift for tourist spots
Popular tourist spots such as Ranganatittu Bird Sanctuary, Somanatha temple, Talakadu and others en route to Mysore will get a facelift.Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE), promoters of Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project, has announced that it will develop all tourist spots along its 111-km expressway that connects Bangalore and Mysore.
- Kabini bridge a tourist site by Indian Railways
Heritage railway structures across the country is ging to get a face-lift, if Indian Railways has its way. Indian Railways has sought help of corporate houses for sustainable development of abandoned railway structures which have heritage value and spread across the country.
- Choose your cabin, menu on Chariot
With online booking, the ticketing process for Golden Chariot has been made more transparent, with value-added services like allocation of cabins and food preferences thrown in for good measure. The facility launched on Wednesday is currently for general sales agents (GSAs) of the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation.Inaugurating it, chief minister B S Yeddyurappa said the maintenance cost of the luxury train was rather high and asked the railways to look into it. Reiterating the allocation made in the budget to tourism, he said the department would get funds in sync with pace of work and there would be no lack of funds. “Twelve new airports will be built across the state and better roads developed to tourist places under public-private partnership initiatives,” he said.
- Call centre to make tours easy
Next week, a call centre will be set up to answer all queries about your holiday plans. To be open 24 hours, it will cover four tourism segments: Golden Chariot, Jungle Lodges and Resorts (JLR), Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) and the state tourism department.Managing director of KSTDC Vinay Luthra said the call centre will be set up on St Mark’s Road on July 23 with five employees; it will look after the needs of foreign tourists too. Due to problems of access from all telephone service providers in case of toll-free numbers, calls to the tourism help centre will be charged.
- President flags off ‘Golden Chariot’
Underscoring the need to encourage domestic tourism and enhance the flow of tourists to India, President Pratibha Patil on Saturday flagged off Karnataka’s first luxury train, “Golden Chariot” here. “By promoting tourism to these great historical and cultural sites, we will be giving the world the chance to see the greatness and glory achieved during their (Vijayanagar Empire) reign,” President Patil said at the flag-off of the luxury train.”It is fortunate and a joy that the “Golden Chariot” train is commencing. This was a long cherished desire of the State, which has been fulfilled,” she added. Starting from Bengaluru, the train, which has 19 thematically designed coaches, will take tourists to Mysore, Kabini, Hassan, Hospet, Goa and then return to Bengaluru on the seventh day.
- 17th century inscriptions found in Karnataka
Historian Dr S G Samak has discovered an unpublished Copper Plate inscription belonging to 17th Century A.D. at Yedehalli village in Sagar taluk of this district belonging to Keladi dynasty.Speaking to the sources here today he said the inscription on a copper plate measures 10 inch by 6.5 inch and had a total 33 lines. There were 16 lines in the front and 17 lines in the back side of the inscription. The land grant inscription refers to Keladi ruler Veerabhadranayaka, son of Bhadrappanayaka and grand son of Venkatappanayaka, who is also referred as Kotekolahala.
- Heritage, eco tourism focus of PPP meet
Heritage Tourism and Eco Tourism will be major thrust of Connect public private partnership convention to be held on January 10, to set the agenda for next five years tourism in the State Heritage Tourism and Eco Tourism will be major thrust of ‘Connect public private partnership’ convention to be held on January 10, to set the agenda for next five years’ tourism in the State.
- Plan to blend tourism with culture
Karnataka has many unturned pages. Sadly, little has been done to make her well read and explored. With the state tourism department having picked up pace only in the past two years, Karnataka still has long way to go in terms of accessibility, infrastructure, conservation and preservation. For the year 2008, the department wants to throw open the doors to some well-known destinations that have so far been neglected and is planning some aggressive promotion.
- Hampi Utsav 2007 Preparations yet to gain momentum
Though the preparation for the forthcoming Hampi Utsav is going on, the people of Hampi are not feeling that the stage is being readied for the grand event in full swing.The lack of enthusiasm and interest among the organisers may be the reason for the dull atmosphere in the erstwhile capital of the Vijayanagar Empire.
- Pratibha unveils Kittur Rani Chennamma statue
It was indeed a proud moment for Karnataka as President Pratibha Patil unveiled the statue of Kittur Rani Chennamma, the warrior queen of Kittur, in Parliament today.Rani Chennamma, who was the Queen of the tiny principlity of Kittur in northern Karnataka, is considered the ‘morning star’ of India’s freedom struggle and is in fact, an earlier version of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi.
- Create facilities near heritage sites
To raise sufficient funds for maintenance of monuments and heritage sites, the state and local governments should create facilities for the middle class tourists at such spots, Indian Buildings Congress Director General SA Chakrabarti said today.
- Speaking at a Seminar organised by the IBC on ‘Rehabilitation and Conservation of Heritage Sites’ here, he said common tourists always lacked facilities at heritage sites and tourist spots and creation of such a facility will be a win situation for both tourists and the state government departments maintaining the monuments.
- Bangalore now Bengaluru
The Central government has given permission on the renaming of 12 cities of Karnataka. Only the renaming of Belgaum to Belagavi is withheld.Preliminary meeting was held on August 17 in which representatives from Ghent University also took part, informed Vice Chancellor of Kuvempu University Prof B S Sherigar.
- Golden Chariot, tourist train in State
The Golden-Chariot, tourist train developed with an investment of Rs 40 crore, is for the creamy layer. “We will run it sometime in the first week of November as all the prominent dignitaries of the state would not be free on that particular day,” said the Tourism Secretary and Chairman of KSTDC I M Vittalmurthy, on Monday.
- For tourists at homestays, liquor not to be taxed
Good news for tourists! Tourism department’s new guidelines for homestays say liquor served to guests is considered part of personal consumption. So, liquor permits and restrictions are not applicable to them.There is no specified limit on the amount of liquor that may be stored in the homestay. Besides, any inspection of the homestay by any government department has to be authorised by the district magistrate, who is the deputy commissioner.
- Tourist arrivals to South Karnataka decline
Decline in the number of tourists buses from outside Karnataka since April this year has hit the tourism industry particularly in and around Mysore, a popular tourist distination in the state.
- Ever since the state government’s decision to hike Entry Tax came into force from April, travel agencies in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have steered clear of Karnataka as each time a 50- seater bus entered the state, the operators would have to cough up a staggering Rs 16,500 as against the earlier Rs 5,900.
- K’taka to set up trauma centres along highways
Karnataka Health Minister R Ashok today said that the state government has planned to set up 44 trauma centres along the National and State Highways to provide emergency treatment to road accident victims.
- Karnataka to be developed into world-class tourism destination
The Karnataka Government will leave no stone unturned in its efforts to develop the state into a world class tourist destination, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy asserted today. Speaking after inaugurating the two-day ‘Karnataka Tourism Expo 2006,’ organised by FICCI here, he informed that as part of its efforts, the state had increased the budgetary allocation this year to the tourism sector to Rs 52 crore from Rs 21 crore. The additional funds would mainly be spent on improving facilities at various tourist destinations across the state.
- Your own Palace on Wheels loses momentum in State
The total projected cost of the project is Rs 32 crore. In the first phase, the Centre, as promised, has released its share of Rs four crore in March 2004. The irony is that the Karnataka government released its share of Rs 16 crore only in March 2006.
- Top IT executives, Tiger Ramesh & Phaneesh Murthy to open tourist resorts at five locations in Karnataka by mid-August
Two top IT executives are coming together to give a boost to Indian eco-tourism. T.G. Ramesh (Tiger Ramesh), former head of BPO at iGate Global Solutions, will launch the Wilderness Resorts Pvt Ltd in mid-August, with additional investment from the iGate CEO and close friend, Phaneesh Murthy.