Adventure Tourism

Parasailing set to take off in Mysuru

MYSURU: It’s official. Parasailing will take off as an adventure sport offered in Mysuru in the next few days.

With the location for parasailing — the expansive Adakanahalli industrial area off National Highway 212, between Mysuru and Nanjangud — apparently getting the safety clearance, the stage is set for its launch as part of tourism promotion in Mysuru, reports The Hindu.

Senior officials from the Department of Tourism, stakeholders in tourism industry and the representatives from the private agency tasked with offering parasailing (on behalf of the Tourism Department), inspected the venue recently. Tourism secretary Naveen Raj Singh, deputy director Janardhan, and Mysuru Travels Association president B.S. Prashanth were present.

During the inspection, parasailing was conducted on a trial basis tocheck the wind speed and other factors.

The Adakanahalli site, where the National Jamboree of Bharat Scouts and Guides was conducted in December last, was chosen as it was free of high-tension cables.

Minister for Tourism Priyank Kharge is expected to launch the parasailing ride, which will last for three to five minutes and will cost Rs. 555 per person. “The availability of tickets and a formal announcement of schedule is expected soon,” a stakeholder said.

The State government has proposed to make Mysuru an ‘adventure sports hub’ and the Tourism Department has been asked to launch the activities at the earliest. As the first step, parasailing will be introduced. It will be followed by balloon rides, rock climbing and so on, sources in the Tourism Department said.

Skydiving, parasailing, paragliding, hot air balloon riding, and helicopter riding were the five adventure sports activities finalised as part of tourism promotion in the district.

The Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports, which has proposed to develop a sports institute near Varuna lake, off T. Narsipur Road, has been asked to launch aqua sports such as jet skiing and kayaking.

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