Badami-Pattadakal to get a boost

A file photo of Pattadakal.Assistant Executive engineer Ramakant M Desai told Deccan Herald that the major drawback for tourism in Pattadakkal-Aihole-Badami is the lack of accommodation. The world renowned tourist attractions were lacking in world -class amenities.

About 25 acres of land has been acquired in Patadakkal to make provisions for world-class accommodation, as this place attracts tourists from across the globe, said Desai. The stretch of land will be utilised to build a five-star hotel targeting foreign tourists, along with a budget hotel, restaurants, youth hostel accommodating 50 students, health club and gym  complex and parking facilities for more than 150 cars. The department is also considering to build a helipad in the temple town.

Five acres of land each has been acquired in Badami and Aihole for tourism development. The total cost of the project in Pattadakkal is budgeted at Rs 110.95 crore, Badami and Aihole at 35.90 crore. Close to Rs 9.95 crore will be spent in Pattadakkal alone for building five-star accommodation. The work on these heritage sites is slated to commence in April 2011, after approval from ministry of tourism and release of funds, and will be completed in a span of three years.

The department has also drafted a master plan to enhance overall tourism in Shimoga district, which has the potential to attract tourists seeking nature, history, heritage and leisure. A mega circuit project and heritage circuit project has been planned to cover all major tourist attractions across Shimoga-Teerthahalli-Agumbe-Jog-Sagar, with each place providing accommodation, information and travel. The tourists destinations in thedistrict are divided under four trails - ;Shimoga-Agumbe trail; ;Agumbe-jog trail;; Jog-shimoga trail; and Heritage trail.

The project would cost over Rs 100 crore and work is expected to commence in mid 2011 and to be completed in three years.

 The trail

- Shimoga-Agumbe trail: Gajanur dam, Sakrebylu elephant camp, Ashwiniwana, Tyvarekoppa, B R project, Koodli, Matthuru

-  Agumbe-Jog trail: Kundadri-Barkhana Falls-Agumbe-Vanakebbe falls-Kuppalli-Kavaledurga-kodachadri

-  Jog-Shimoga trail: Jog-Linganamakki Backwaters-Honnemaradu-Mupanni-Kaanu Kote-Dabbe Falls

- Heritage trail: Shivappa Nayaka Palace-Sacred Heart Church-Huchchurayanakere-Uduthadi - Balligavi-Togarsi-Kabataru-Chandraghatti-Banavasi 

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