Following the setback laid by the COVID-19 pandemic Karnataka tourism is going all out to rebound its tourism sector and attract tourists into its state.
Armed with the tagline ‘One state. Many worlds’, officials of the Karnataka Tourism have been going around the country showcasing the state as an attractive destination for tourists.
With roadshows done in Haryana, New Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Lucknow and other cities KSTDC officials were recently in the port city of Vizag wooing tourists.
Identifying Karnataka as an around the year tourist destination Mr SM Shivakumar, KAS, General Manager, Admin of the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation said the state has many unique offerings for tourists.
‘We are home to 3 of India’s UNESCO world heritage sites’ said the general manager.
Highlighting Andhra Pradesh and Telangana as important markets for Karnataka Tourism he said that many of the tourists they receive come from the two Telugu speaking states.
‘Both Vizag and Hyderabad contribute significantly to our domestic tourism footfalls’ said the official from KSTDC.
Elaborating on some of the scenic and popular spots for Tourism the officer said that the state is home to 747 unique protected monuments, blessed with a 320km coastline along with 20 well known beaches. In addition he highlighted the Kabini wildlife destination as a popular spot for tourists along with the Mysuru Palace.
It was informed that the Mysuru palace is the second highest visited monument in India after the Taj Mahal.
The state is also making sure that tourists maintain an eco-friendly environment when visiting some of these picturesque locales.
‘We have a strong focus on sustainable and responsible tourism. We have banned the use of plastics, offer wooden cups and plates to tourists and also provide EV vehicles to them for going around’ said Mr Shivakumar.
Some of the other aspects the government is emphasizing on are wellness tourism, adventure & wildlife tourism.
Mr Shivakumar said that there are few seaplane projects too which are being planned in the state which are expected to come up in a year’s time.
A performance of ‘Puja Kunita’, an ancient art form of Karnataka was organised to showcase the vibrant cultural heritage that Karnataka is known for. The roadshow brought together different aspects of Karnataka tourism such as nature, wildlife, adventure, pilgrimage, heritage, and many more.