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Posted on: Tuesday , Dec 01, 2009 At 13:12 PM

Tourism And Selfishness

This is not about being greedy, but just a wish to be myself. There are many times when we have gone to a popular place, only to see it very crowded. Obviously there are many people out there like us who want to enjoy good things in life. But sometimes it feels like there are too many people and too few good things! But we have to accept that a beautiful place does end up being crowded, especially if it has been marketed well!

Karnataka was one of the laggards in tourism in the south. Kerala has carved itself a name with tourists worldwide. TamilNadu has its well known locations and places of pilgrimage. Andhra may not boast of many touristy locations, but it tops the list of most visited states, thanks to pilgrimage centers like Tirupati.

Karnataka does have its share of beautiful places though. There are fine beaches just south of Goa. There are beautiful hills along the western ghats. Some incredible archeological monuments are spread all across the state. There is wilderness and wildlife too. Yet, the number of visitors who come here is far less than its neighbouring ones.

Lack of infrastructure and poor marketing were two major reasons. But the current tourism policy seems to be out to address it. In a new initiative (see http://www.travelbizmonitor.com/karnataka-govt-unveils-new-tourism-policy-200914-8953 ), the government of Karnataka has announced cash incentives and subsidies for setting up properties and building tourism infrastructure. If backed up properly with marketing assistance, Karnataka too can see its boom days in next few years.

Now coming to the topic of selfishness, Karnataka is my home state and this is where I have grown up all my life. Having traversed its length and breadth, one thing that makes me happy is the fact that many beautiful places are far less crowded compared to its neighbouring states. Honestly, I would have liked to see it left that way. But then, I have to admit that it doesn't make much economic sense. I may just have to learn to share the beauty with other travellers who deserve to enjoy Karnataka's splendours. Have you felt like this about your own region?

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