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WORLD TOURISM DAY: RAPE OF RAJA SEAT IN COORG

By P.T. Bopanna To promote mass tourism, Karnataka government has turned the scenic spot of Raja Seat in Kodagu (Coorg) into a concrete monster. This is nothing short of rape of the hills in one of the most picturesque spots in South India, located at Madikeri town, on the slopes of the Western Ghats. This […]

LOCKDOWN HAS BEEN A CLEANSING PROCESS FOR COORG HOMESTAYS

By Nimmi Chengapa* Lockdown has been a cleansing process for the homestay business in Kodagu (Coorg) in Karnataka. Mass tourism has been brought under control naturally. What the lockdown means to homestay owners? A true homestay, in its original essence, is a home where the owners who are also owners of the land, reside and […]

LIST OF HOMESTAYS IN KODAGU (COORG) APPROVED BY KARNATAKA GOVT

The Karnataka tourism department has approved 207 homestays in Coorg. Altogether, 4600 applications have been submitted online for registration of homestays, of which only 207 homestays have been approved. The rest of the applications are being scrutinized. As per government norms, only those families which possess houses of their own should foray into the homestay […]

SAFETY OF TOURISTS: IS COORG DC BEING ARM-TWISTED BY RESORTS LOBBY?

By P.T. Bopanna The Kodagu (Coorg) district administration in Karnataka is indulging in flip-flops on the issue of keeping tourists out of bounds in areas prone to landslides this monsoon, thereby compromising the safety of tourists visiting the hill station.   In the wake of extensive landslides which devastated large parts of Kodagu last August, […]

HAREBRAINED ORDER OF SHIVAMOGGA DC AGAINST GIVING ROOMS TO TOURISTS WHO DO NOT VOTE

By P.T. Bopanna To prevent harassment to tourists, the Election Commission of India should immediately intervene and scrap an arbitrary order reportedly issued by K.A. Dayananda (in picture), the deputy commissioner of Shivamogga in Karnataka, directing hotels and homestays against entertaining bookings from tourists belonging to constituencies going to the polls on April 18 and […]

LANDSLIDE AFTERMATH: SEVERE WATER SCARCITY COULD HIT COORG HOMESTAYS

By P.T. Bopanna With some of the wards in Madikeri, the headquarters of Kodagu (Coorg) district in Karnataka, getting drinking water supply on alternate days even before the onset of summer, the homestay sector could be in serious trouble in the coming months. Though Kodagu received unprecedented rains in the last monsoon triggering huge landslides, […]