Karnataka has the largest number of tourist destinations, which include heritage, pilgrimage, adventure, pristine beaches, waterfalls and rivers.
The number of tourist arrivals in Karnataka has crossed 85 million for the first time with the state government aggressively promoting UNESCO World Heritage Centres of Hampi and Pattadakal.
Addressing the 38th Pacific Asia Travel Association Travel Mart Meet 2015, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said, “Karnataka tourism has seen tremendous growth in tourist arrivals, which have grown by more than 300 per cent from a mere 24 million 10 years ago to 85 million today.”
Apart from being an attractive tourist destination, Siddaramaiah said and added that Karnataka offered a variety of investment opportunities throughout the value chain and across tourism industry verticals spanning both the manufacturing and services sectors.
“We have identified 319 such destinations. Karnataka has the largest number of tourist destinations, which include heritage, pilgrimage, adventure, pristine beaches, waterfalls and rivers. Our aim is to place Karnataka one among the top tourist destinations in the country and also among the top tourist destinations in the world,” he added.