BENGALURU: Soon, the backwaters of four dams — Kabini, Gorur, Bhadra and Hidkal — will become adventure tourism hubs.
The Karnataka state government has decided to tap the scenic beauty of these reservoirs to promote adventure sports and entertainment facilities, including budget hotels, food courts, theme parks and resorts ,reports The Hindu.
The Water Resources Department has decided to promote tourism through public-private partnerships near the dams. Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Ltd. and Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Ltd. will invite bids from private players for developing tourist spots at the four sites, sources in the Water Resources Department told The Hindu .
The available government lands, lush green forests, rivers, backwaters, and hilly and mountainous terrains at the dam sites will be utilised for promoting aqua sports (river rafting, boat riding, kayaking, and water skiing), trekking, and rock climbing.
Minister for Major Industries R.V. Deshpande, who attended the State High-Level Clearance Committee meeting on Thursday, said projects running up to Rs. 307 crore have been cleared for tourism development at Kabini in H.D. Kote taluk of Mysuru district (Rs. 55 crore), Gorur in Hassan (Rs. 80 crore), Bhadra in Chikkamagaluru (Rs. 87 crore), and Hidkal in Belagavi district (Rs. 85 crore).