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Panambur beach mulls night safari

A beach sleepover party organised in Panambur, Karnataka has become the next big tourism idea. Its clean and sandy shores have proved to be a big USP and attracts a lot of visitors. Stifling humidity, chill and mosquito bites are a few of the prob...

Feb 23, 2016, 04.34 PM IST
MANGALURU: A beach sleepover party organized last weekend to celebrate the academic success of two CA students at Panambur has the potential to become the next big tourism idea. Panambur beach has the highest average daily footfalls in Karnataka. The beach, managed by Panambur Beach Tourism Development Project (PBTDP), doesn't need additional marketing, for its clean and sandy shores have proved to be its USP.

A brainchild of Giridhar Kamath, the sleepover was primarily intended to celebrate the success of his daughter Malavika and friend Latha clearing the CA exams. In fact, while in college, Giridhar used to frequent the beach with friends and indulge in star-gazing. Those memories came back when he with his friends from the Youth Hostels Association of India, Team Mangalore and other like minded people, pulled out all stops to organize this maiden sleepover.

A group of around 200 family friends landed at the beach around 8pm on Saturday fo games, music, group acting spot interviews, poetry session, impromptu talent display and a campfire. A cool sea breeze added to the fun and frolic of the gathering from al age-groups. Of these, around 40 stayed back for the sleep over, pitching tents or just using bedsheets as they indulged in star-gazing on a full moon night.

Chill and mosquitoes can be a problem though.

Yatish Baikampady, CEO, PBTDP, who played an integral part in organizing this sleepover, told TOI that it could well spell the revival of a night beach safari that the authorities toyed with two years ago. “The only hitch is the constantly changing direction of sea breeze could leave those coming for the sleepover open to stifling humidity, chill and mosquito bites,“ he said.

“We took turns sleeping in the tents or out in the open using bed sheets. Stray dogs and mosquitoes ensured we had a sleepless night,“ said Gayathri Bhat, a medical professional. Nonetheless, this impromptu idea will spur PBTDP to come up with a fullfledged night beach safari during winter and spring, he added.
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