The coastal tourism in Karnataka gets a helping in the tourism sector as the Karnataka tourism department has permitted the private bodies to set up hotels at spots like Someshwara, Pilikula, Gundya and Kukke Subramanya in Dakshina Kannada district, Malpe Beach, Kaup beach, and Kollur in Udupi district to attract tourists.
The major projects include luxury hotel with wellness centre, arts and crafts centres at Bijapur, 3-star hotel at Badami, luxury hotel at Pattadakallu, Hampi, 3-star hotels at Chitradurga, Sagar, Hosanagar, Thirthahalli, luxury eco-resort at Sakleshpur, urban entertainment centre at Mysore and 18-hole golf course at Tannirbavi beach near Mangalore and an international convention centre at the Bangalore International Airport.
The government has taken this step to promote tourism at historical and religious palces among the travellers. Minister for Infrastructure and Tourism G Janardhana Reddy said that Karnataka is the only state in the country to allow private investors to purchase agricultural lands from farmers to set up hotels. Around 100 tourist places have been identified for setting up hotels in the private sector in various districts of the state.