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October 25, 2013 Destination Global, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Karnataka State with capital Bengaluru is being readied to be the next tourism hot-spot in India. Experiential and theme based tours are being planned to draw tourists to this IT (Information Technology) capital.

Arvind Jadhav, Additional Secretary to Government Tourism Department, Karnataka

Arvind Jadhav, Additional Secretary to Government Tourism Department, Karnataka

Arvind Jadhav, Additional Secretary to Government Tourism Department, Karnataka, said at a road show in Mumbai last week that: “Bengaluru features as the 12th biggest business travel destination in the world in the recent survey. After the successful auto and IT industry growth, we’re now focusing on leisure tourism (as the next big industry). We’re working on ‘coffee trails’ and will also launch ‘Kenneth Anderson trails’ soon.”

Coorg in Western Ghats(mountain range) of Karnataka has expansive coffee plantations that account for more than half of India’s coffee production, most (80 percent) of which is exported.  Coorgis or ethnic coffee growers have a fascinating lifestyle that makes for an interesting tour.

Kenneth Anderson from India’s colonial era was a Scottish wild life enthusiast who roamed the jungles Karnataka to launch Kenneth Anderson Trails into the junglesextensively and wrote adventure stories based on his experience.

P Anur Reddy, Managing Director, Jungle Lodges & Resorts said: “Karnataka has the highest tiger population in India. One can witness 10s of elephants during the jungle safari at Nagarhole National Park. We’ve launched a new interactive website for Jungle Lodges and Resorts.”

The state owned Jungle Lodges & Resorts is a successful tourism venture with 16 eco-resorts across the state’s sanctuaries and another three resorts leased to private operators. Sloth bear resort near the World Heritage Site of Hampi and Lion tailed macaque resort near Jog falls are among the new jungle resorts in Karnataka.

Jadhav said: “We’ll install tourist information centers at all important public contact places like airports, train and bus stations.

Bengaluru is among the coolest cities and very often picked as the most livable city in India.

Written by : Anand & Madhura Katti

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