MANGALURU: Efforts are on to promote Kaup beach, located about 18 km from here, as a major tourist destination.
The majestic lighthouse located on a 12-metre high boulder adds to the beauty and grandeur of this beach, reports The Hindu.
This 34-metre high lighthouse — painted in white and black bands — faces the Arabian Sea and was built by the Britishers in 1901. It is estimated that about 1,000 people visit this beach on weekdays, while it gets about 5,000 footfalls during weekends. This figure sees an increase during vacations.
To attract more visitors, plans estimated at ₹ 87 lakh under the Coastal Circuit Project have been drawn up. “These plans include landscaping, installation of high-mast lamps, construction of a lifeguard tower, and solid waste management at the beach,” according to Assistant Director of Tourism B.R. Anitha.
Already, a pathway has been constructed on one side of the beach and its construction on the other side is on. More granite benches will be installed close to these pathways.
The beach is also being developed with private partnership and there are also plans to promote scuba diving and also homestay near the beach.