Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (MS)
Mangaluru, Nov 28: A resort is being built at the Sasihitlu Beach to give a fillip to tourism in the city. It also has a museum and a training centre.
The resort will have a wellness center, a restaurant, food court and game rooms. The facility provides training for surfing enthusiasts with necessary equipment which have been built at a cost of Rs 74 lac.
Many surfing championships have taken place in recent years at Sasihitlu Beach with the joint participation of Indian Surfing Federation and Karnataka Tourism department. The state tourism department plans to make surfing sport a permanent feature at this beach.
Approval was granted in 2020 to build a surfing school with a welcome arch, walking track, kiosk and road at a cost of Rs 10 crore. Last year, the project was upgraded and it was decided to construct a resort at a cost of Rs 53 crore.
Now the resort will have a museum and a training centre instead of a surfing school. Manikya, deputy director of tourism department said, “The process for building the resort has almost been completed. Only agency needs to be specified. If this project gets implemented surfing will get a new boost in Tannirubhavi and Panambur beaches.”
Co-founder of Mangaluru Surf Club Dhruvin Jesani said, “It is good to note that water sports is being developed in the sea beaches of Dakshina Kannada district. If fundamental infrastructure is developed it will be convenient to hold water sport events. Giving opportunity to hold water sport events in resort is a welcome move.”
Rammohan Paranjape, vice-president of Indian Surfing Federation said, “Surfing is one of the reason why the beaches of Mangaluru are popular. People come from far-off places like Bengaluru, Mumbai, New Delhi and Ahmedabad to enjoy the same. Most of the tourists are of the younger generation. They also take a tour of the nearby areas. So this results in all round development of the area.”