Mangalore: Panambur beach ramps up facilities for tourists

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MANGALORE: If you are planning to spend summer holidays on a beach, then Panambur beach here could be the ideal destination. The Panambur Beach Tourism Development Project (PBTDP) is gearing up to install 20 new tents on the shores, to accommodate tourists at nights.

Last year PBTDP had installed nine air-conditioned furnished tents on the shore. Each of these tents could accommodate two people. The new tents will be installed on wooden platforms as Coastal Regulation Zone rules do not allow permanent structures on beaches.

Yatish Baikampady, chief executive officer of PBTDP, told TOI that 20 new tents will be installed as there has been an increased demand from tourists. “Tourists, staying in the tents will be provided complimentary breakfast,” said Yatish

There are more facilities in store for tourists visiting beach this summer. Come May, instead of walking to the beach from the National Highway, visitors can take a ride on horse carriage. The beach authorities are planning to launch horse-carriage service with a seating capacity of 11. This open top horse-carriage has been customized with alloy wheels and braking system.

“The work of building the carriage is completed. We will bring a pair of horses from Mumbai. The service has been introduced to promote eco-friendly vehicles on the beach and it is expected to give a boost to beach tourism in this region,” he added.

A food festival will also be organized in Panambur beach in May. The festival will see a wide variety of coastal cuisines. The other ongoing enthralling activities for tourists here is dolphin safari, where a boat ride will be taken to sight the dolphins, jet-ski and banana rides.

Pramod S Kashyap, a tourist from Bangalore, said Panambur beach is a perfect getaway in summer. “Karnataka does not have many beaches like Goa and Kerala, the development of Panambur beach will surely attract many tourists particularly from different parts of the state,” he added.

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