Karnataka: Water sports club to come up in Mangaluru to promote tourism | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: The tourism department of Dakshina Kannada district in association with a private agency is all set to open a water sports club at Kuloor in Mangaluru city.
The new under the river tourism concept will also have various other cultural activities to attract tourists.
In fact, the river tourism concept was proposed in 2017 when former IAS officer Sasikanth Senthil was the deputy commissioner of Dakshina Kannada.
City-based Samruddhi water sports will be setting up the new water sports club and it is expected to be inaugurated on January 2, said P Shivakumar Pailoor, partner of the venture.
Infrastructure for the water sports club is being set up on the banks of Phalguni river near Kuloor bridge on the way to Tannirbavi Beach.
“The water sports club will have four boats designed in Kerala. Though the boats will have the capacity to accommodate 25 tourists, considering the pandemic regulations, only 12 will be accommodated. The boat with tourists will sail from Kuloor to Ullal and to Maravoor. Additionally, four-seater boats will be introduced for small families and friends. House boats and other water sports activities will also be introduced in the club. All necessary precautions will be made for the safety of tourists. Measures as per government guidelines will also be in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” he said.
While an entrance fee of Rs 50 per head will be collected, separate coupons will be issued for boating and other activities. A 3.5-acre land on the riverbank has been obtained from the district administration on a lease basis for five years.
The landscape for the water sports club has been designed by artist Dinesh who has placed various sculptures and art installations in the premises. In addition to sufficient parking space, the club premises also will have food court, lawn with chairs, photo corner and angling spots. While water sports will be allowed between 9.30am to 6.30pm, cultural programmes giving emphasis to Tulunadu’s traditions will be presented in the evenings.
Space will be provided for the celebrations of birthdays of orphanage children, specially abled children and others, he said adding that the project is being implemented at an estimated cost of Rs 1.3 crore.

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