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, […]

COORG LANDSLIDE FEARS: HOMESTAYS IN VULNERABLE AREAS OUT OF BOUNDS FOR TOURISTS  

By P.T. Bopanna In Coorg, the homestay capital of India, homestays located in landslide-prone areas will be out of bounds for tourists till August 31. In the wake of extensive landslides which devastated large parts of Kodagu (Coorg) last August, experts from Geological Survey of India (GSI) have identified 13 villages as vulnerable to natural […]

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, […]

POLICE RAID RAVE PARTY AT COORG HOMESTAY. REVELLERS FROM MUMBAI, PUNE AND BENGALURU

By P.T. Bopanna Though it was an open secret that rave parties were being held in some of the homestays in Coorg, perhaps for the first time the Kodagu police have succeeded in busting a well-organised racket. A police team led by superintendent of police Suman D Pannekar (in picture) raided a homestay at Nelaji […]

TOURISM BOUNCES BACK IN COORG THANKS TO NEW YEAR MERRYMAKERS

By P.T. Bopanna Tourism has bounced back in Kodagu (Coorg) thanks to the just concluded New Year celebrations which brought back hordes of tourists who had deserted the most popular hill station in South India following the killer landslides. The government had banned tourism in Coorg from August 16 to September 9 following a spate […]

UNION GOVT ISSUES FRESH GUIDELINES TO DEFINE HOMESTAYS

By P.T. Bopanna  The Union tourism ministry has issued fresh guidelines for homestays with a view to standardizing facilities across the country.   According to reports, properties where their owners or promoters physically reside will be designated as homestay establishments, while those where only an agent or operator resides will be designated as bed & […]

COORG LANDSLIDES: IMPACT ON HOMESTAY BUSINESS AND THE WAY FORWARD

By Nimi Chengappa* Contrary to what has been portrayed in the media, the recent unprecedented calamities in Coorg (Kodagu) have taken place only in a limited area that had experienced a tremor prior to the rains and calamities this August.   There are thousands of homestays in and around South Coorg where no calamity has […]

ILLEGAL COORG HOMESTAYS: WILL DC SREEVIDYA BITE THE BULLET?

By P.T. Bopanna Will the proactive deputy commissioner of Kodagu P.I. Sreevidya (in picture) bite the bullet this time and clamp down on the illegal homestays operating in Coorg? The Karnataka government which has given several deadlines in the past, has once again asked homestay owners to register before August 2, 2018. Tourism Minister S.R. […]