Tour operators have started developing packages that include the train ride as the main attraction including
As in the Araku Valley, the newly introduced Vistadome cars on the Bengaluru-Mangaluru railway line have already aroused the interest of tourism in the region.
Tour operators have started developing rail and road packages that include train travel as one of the main attractions.
For example, Arjun Travels has started offering five- and six-day packages that cover popular attractions like Belur-Halebidu and Sakleshpur, as well as a ride on the Vistadome buses. After the Bengaluru-Hassan stage, one of them offers a Hassan-Mangaluru Vistadome train ride and promises travelers a “scenic, breathtaking view of mountains, valleys, gorges and greenery” before reaching Mangaluru.
This is the main intent in introducing the wagons on the line, said Ashok Kumar Verma, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM). The Hindu. “It’s not just the goal, the track itself is very good. Along with people who travel to Mangaluru for other reasons, we see many tourists taking this train since we introduced it, ”he said. The coaches have also received good feedback via social media, he said. He added that the buses – each with a capacity of 44 seats – are almost at full capacity despite the pandemic.
When asked if there were any plans to extend such a service to similar scenic routes, he said headquarters would make a decision.
Meanwhile, the tour operators in Mangaluru said that “revenge tourism” had already generated record bookings by August. Vistadome, they said, would definitely cause a stir.
“The beach houses have been doing well since the lockdown was lifted. Revenge tourism has already created a demand for them and they are fully booked until August. Although the impact of the train on tourist bookings in a month’s time will be clear, it’s definitely an added value for the sector here. It has rekindled the excitement of train travel and is definitely one of the reasons to come to Mangaluru, ”said Yathish Baikampady, former CEO of the Panambur Beach Development Project.