Caravan Tourism, Karnataka government’s latest tourism campaign has already got people waiting in line to explore the state in a brand-new way. By Amitha Ameen

 

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How many times have we seen photos of people traversing through the country, mostly abroad, in beautifully done up caravans or recreational vehicles (RV) that serves as mini-sized homes, equipped with everything one could possibly think of?

Courtesy Coronavirus, Caravan Tourism is now very much becoming a reality. The Karnataka government has launched this innovative and fun new concept in a bid to promote tourism, as the travel industry contributes almost 14 per cent of the state’s GDP.

 

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Launched by Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, the caravan buses will be allowed to park at the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation Ltd (KSTDC), specific hotels, and other pre-approved tourist spots.

The caravan will come equipped with a well-appointed toilet, modern tech items including a music system and television, and other essential amenities like a shower, fridge, freezer and a microwave. Each van can comfortably accommodate four people at a time, meaning you can enjoy your road-trip holidays in these moving homes seamlessly.

 

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The caravan is also equipped with 1,400-watt solar panels on the roof, making it completely solar-powered and sustainable. The toilet and water facilities are designed in a manner fit for proper disposal and decomposing, making sure you don’t leave a waste trail on your fun-filled holiday.

The first phase of this Caravan Tourism by the Karnataka government is due to start soon and will include spots like Hampi, Badami, Gokarna, Coorg, Halebidu, and Kudermukh.

 

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The government is positive that this start-up initiative will attract a lot of tourists and promote independent tourism, while at the same time maintain social distancing and personal hygiene during these times.

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