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. […]

TALACAUVERY AND BHAGAMANDALA ARE NOT PICNIC SPOTS, BUT SACRED PLACES  

AN APPEAL: Journalist P.T. Bopanna is shocked by reports of tourists turning the holy places into spots for merry-making, garbage-dumping and a place for open cooking.  Equally shocking is the callous attitude of the Kodagu district administration and local panchayat bodies in failing to discipline the tourists. This is an appeal going out to the […]

KODAGU (COORG) SP LATEST TARGET OF COORG HOMESTAYS TOUTS

Kodagu superintendent of police P. Rajendra Prasad (in picture) has also not been spared by touts soliciting business for homestays in Coorg. Addressing a meeting recently at Madikeri, the SP recalled how his vehicle was stopped around midnight by agents of homestays, asking him whether he wanted to stay at their homestay. They scooted only […]

NEXT GOA IN THE MAKING: IS COORG THE ILLEGAL HOMESTAYS CAPITAL OF INDIA?

By P.T. Bopanna Is Kodagu (Coorg) district in Karnataka the ‘illegal’ homestays capital of India? Are these illegal homestays engaged in prostitution racket, gambling and rave parties? The answer is in the affirmative because only 242 homestays are legal and the rest of the homestays estimated to number around 4,000 in Coorg are operating illegally. […]