Incredible Kudla! Explore picturesque Coastal City in a Air-Conditioned KSTDC Bus for Rs 190 Only
Mangaluru: Don’t Walk-Take a Bus to explore the beauty of Kudla aka Mangaluru aka Mangalapuram aka Kodiyal, where six prominent sight-seeing places are covered in the tour. The tour, in an air-conditioned bus, starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m. covering Kudroli Gokarnanatheswara Temple, Kadri Manjunatha Swamy Temple, Mangaladevi Temple, St. Aloysius Chapel, Dr. Shivaram Karanth Pilikula Nisargadhama and Tannirbavi Tree park/ Tannirbavi Beach.
Minister for Tourism R.V. Deshpande and MLC Ivan D’Souza getting off the bus after inauguration at Pilikula Park on 17 April
The Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation’s daily sight seeing of ‘Kudla’ was launched on Sunday, 17 April by Tourism Minister R.V. Deshpande launched the KSTDC on a pilot basis, along with Minister for Youth Empowerment and Sports K. Abhayachandra Jain, Nalin Kumar Kateel, MP, Ivan D’Souza, MLC, B.A. Mohiuddin Bava, MLA, and A.B. Ibrahim, Deputy Commissioner. Since its launch it has seen two trips so far with officials hoping that it there will be more trips next month. It is learnt that 17 persons went on the city tour on Saturday (April 23) and 39 tourists on Sunday (April 24). Today, 26 April, the tour bus had 14 tourists from Bengaluru and North Karnataka.
Speaking to Mangalorean.com, tour guide Mr Karkera said, ” So far the tourists have been liking all the six spots on this tour, but many liked Dr. Shivaram Karanth Pilikula Nisargadhama and the Forest Department “Tee Park”at Tannirbavi beach. They spent more time at this two spots that was allotted to them. Actually the time allotted for sight-seeing at Pilikula Park was two-and-a-half hours, but none of them came back to the bus for over three hours. I don’t blame these tourists for being late, because there is lots of walking around the Pilikula Park. The Park authorities should provide an an tour vehicle where tourists don’t have to walk miles inside the park, and get tired. If the authorities arrange a mini van or so, visitors can make a visit to the Gutthu Mane, boating lake, water park and the biological park”.
“Kudlada Ponnu” (Mangalorean Girl” Monisha Rai who is now settled in Bengaluru, taking a tour on this bus along with her family members and relatives speaking to Mnagalorean.com said, ” I want to experience what my hometown has to offer. I have heard lot of good things about Kudla and its scenic beauty. I hope I will enjoy this tour and cherish the memories for lifetime, and I am happy that I accompanied by my elders who belong to this soil. My only suggestion is that KSTDC should have a sign board or a hoarding near the boarding point (near MCC) so tourists don’t have to wander in circles to find the boarding spot, like we did. Other than that I am looking forward for a good time on this sight-seeing tour. Jai Kudla!”.
A couple from Raichur who have boarded this bus tour speaking to Mangalorean.com said, ” Luckily I saw about this tour news in our local newspaper, if not we wouldn’t have known about it. We being in the North of Karnataka, we look forward to have some in a coastal city, where we and our kids can have some fun on the sunny beaches of Mangaluru. The organizers of this tour should advertise more in the North Karnataka like Hassan, Raichur, Shivamogga, Mandya etc, where people here are looking forward for fun in water, and Mangaluru beaches are the ideal destination. I only wish my kids and their friends will enjoy this tour”.
Kudroli Gokarnanatheswara Temple
Kadri Manjunatha Swamy Temple
St. Aloysius Chapel
Dr. Shivaram Karanth Pilikula Nisargadhama
Tannirbavi Tree Park
So if you or anyone of your friends would like to book the tickets for the city tour on-line, you can log on to :
www.karnatakaholidays.net; or you can also book the tickets at the counter of the KSTDC located near to Mangaluru City Corporation Administrative Office-Lalbagh. The fare per person will be Rs.190 excluding food, and also entrance fees at Pilikula Park and Tree Park. Note that a minimum 10 tourists are required to arrange the trip. For more details or booking also call :0824-2451888