Maharashtra government to promote beach tourism in Sindhudurg

Features like house boats, floating cottages, glass-bottomed boats and resorts in royal palaces are proposed to develop Sindhudurg as a tourist hub.

Written by Rohit Alok | Mumbai | Published:November 10, 2016 1:56 am
House boats, floating cottages, glass-bottomed boats and resorts would soon be at Sindhudurg beaches. Express Archive House boats, floating cottages, glass-bottomed boats and resorts would soon be at Sindhudurg beaches. Express Archive

Caravan and lodge accommodation would soon be set up in Sindhudurg in a move to promote the district’s beach tourism. As a part of the Ministry of Tourism’s Swadesh Darshan Scheme, the state will be promoting the coastal belt of Sindhudurg as a coastal circuit. Features like house boats, floating cottages, glass-bottomed boats and resorts in royal palaces are proposed to develop Sindhudurg as a tourist hub.

According to Satish Soni, Joint Director of Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), the state has received Rs 12 crore to begin the work in at least eight locations along the coastal circuit of Sindhudurg.

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“As a part of the creation and execution of tourist-friendly facilities and amenities, two main features are the accommodation for caravans and lodge houses of the style of Indonesian cottages. Due to Coastal Regulation Zone limitations, we will not construct structures but set up portable lodges like that of the Indonesian cottages,” Soni said.

He added that the cottages were readymade and cost-efficient, costing less that Rs 10 lakh.

“By allotting space to caravans, we will also enable tourists to bring their vehicles,” Soni said. A caravan or a trailer is a large vehicle in which people can live in.

The locations in the Sindhudurg circuit have been identified as Vijaydurg, Devgad, Mithbav, Tarkali, Tondavali, Shiroda, Sagarreshwar and Mochemad. At Mithbhav, Tondavali and Mochemad, areas for the caravans will be demarcated. And the Indonesian cottages would be set up at Tondavali, Shiroda and Sagarreshwar, he said.

An official said near Tarkali, the Nivali Fort at Malvan is expected to be converted into cottages. In Shiroda, Sawantwadi Palace has been planned to have resorts and restaurants on its 30,000 square feet premises on the lines of several tourist ventures in Rajasthan.

The work at all the venues is expected to cost Rs 83 crore, with the maximum fund of Rs 16 crore set aside for Vijaydurg.