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Karnataka Budget: Under Karnataka Tourism Development Vision, Sasihithlu to be international surfing destination

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Bengaluru: Considering the overwhelming response to Shakthi scheme that has also given a boost to tourism potentialities, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has drafted a plan to tap these potentialities to present the State, which is “One State Many Worlds”.

In his budget, the chief minister has stressed for a master plan – Karnataka Tourism Development Vision’ to fully utilize the tourism potentialities in the State.

In his budget, an estimated Rs 75 crore will be provided for the comprehensive development of tourist destinations in Kalyana Karnataka Region such as Hampi, Mailara, Ganagapura, Sannati and the forts of Malakheda, Bidar, Raichur, Kalaburgi.

Also, overall development of tourist destinations of Kitturu Karnataka Region namely, the Savadatti Yellammana Gudda, Devara Gudda, Kappattha Gudda, Badami Banashankari, Lakkundi and also the Magadi Bird Sanctuary in Gadag District will be undertaken.

Coastal Beach Tourism Task Force will be formed for the development of coastal tourism in Dakshina Kannada Udupi and Uttara Kannada districts, and a detailed plan will be prepared for the comprehensive development of the coast.

Sasihithlu beach in Dakshina Kannada district would be developed as an international surfing destination and a programme will be formulated under Public Private Partnership.

Yatri Nivas/dormitories to be constructed at under Public Private Partnership model.

The campus of Karnataka Exhibition Authority located in the heart of Mysuru to be upgraded on the lines of Pragathi Maidan in Delhi.

As Mysuru attracts large number of domestic and international tourists, “Karnataka Archaeological Museum and Art Gallery” will be established on the 2.5 acre department land situated near the Chamundi Vihar stadium in Mysuru to exhibit the rich art and cultural heritage of Karnataka. This will include Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technology of international standards.

To promote night tourism and rich art and culture, ‘Sound and Light Show’ will be introduced at various protected national monuments in the state such as the Vijaya Vittala temple of Hampi, Bidar Fort, Bhoganandeeshwara temple of Nandi Hills, Golgumbaz of Vijayapura, Kittur fort and Badami caves.

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