Floods affect tourism in Uttara Kannada district

Source: DHNS | Published on 10th September 2019, 11:40 AM | Coastal News |

Sirsi: The flood which battered Uttara Kannada last month also affected tourism in the district. The number of tourists visiting the district came down drastically due to nature’s fury.

When compared to June and July, the number of tourists came down by 50,000 in August. Though there has been no much difference in the number of tourists visiting the beaches, the inflow of tourists in Malnad area was poor.

As a result of the decline in tourist inflow, the owners and workers of companies engaged in holding adventure sports and other water activities in Ganeshgudi near Dandeli are out of work. “The inflow of tourists to Dandeli generally declines in every rainy season. Inspite of that, the place attracts at least 20,000 to 40,000 tourists per month in the rainy season. But due to heavy rain and flooding at several places in August this year, not even 200 tourists turned up. Hundreds of tourists even cancelled their pre-bookings and those who wanted to make fresh bookings were seen apprehensive. They frequently kept calling and enquiring about the condition of roads, bridges and intensity of rain in the area,” said Manasa Adventures Owner G E Somshekhar.

He said that during rainy season, rafting is generally kept closed in 9.5 km stretch. But kayaking, boating, river crossing and jacuzzi go on. There are teams which manage these water activities at eight places near Ganeshgudi. The teams which used to be totally busy during the weekend are now left jobless. More than 300 families dependent on water adventure sports-related jobs are having a tough time.

“Loss to tune of crores has been incurred by the tourism industry in Dandeli, Joida and other places. There are tourists who come to Malnad to see and experience the rain. 
But this time, tourists, especially those from other States and those travelling with family, did not prefer to come here. They enquired a number of times about the rain. When compared to August 2018, there has been a decline of 2% in the inflow of tourists,” said Kadumane Home Stay owner Narasimha Chapkhanda.

Tourists inflow to U-K dist

June      2.85 lakh

July        2.83 lakh

August    2.3 lakh

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