Tourism Department

The Tourism Department, Government of Karnataka, plays an active role and acts as a catalyst in placing Karnataka on the list of must-visit places in India through several policy formulation measures that cover Infrastructure development at tourism destinations, Skill development for better employment opportunities, Mega Circuit Development and Last mile connectivity. It also provides fiscal incentives that come from policy formulation like providing subsidies etc

Department of Tourism

The Department of Tourism, set up in 1974, focuses on implementing the Tourism Department’s decisions and undertaking overseas/ domestic promotion and publicity. It has 19 district offices and 8 tourist offices. It aggressively promotes the State, and its sustained marketing promotions and campaigns have finally made the world sit up and take notice of the ‘Many Worlds’ that make up this vibrant state.
There are 3 government undertakings functioning under the Department of Tourism, namely Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC), Jungle Lodges and Resorts (JLR) and Karnataka Exhibition Authority, Mysore.

Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC)

KSTDC, established in 1971, provides accommodation and conveyance facilities for tourists visiting Karnataka. It also conducts 26 package tours through its fleet of 52 buses equipped with state of the art facilities and owns hotels and guest houses throughout the State –18 properties at unrivalled locations across popular destinations. KSTDC also undertakes infrastructure development projects.
KSTDC also operates The Golden Chariot, South India’s first and only luxury train. Rated by Vanity Fair as “one of the top seven train journeys in the world”, it takes discerning travelers through its 2 packages, “Pride of the South" and "Southern Splendour”.

Jungle Lodges and Resorts (JLR)

JLR, established in 1980, promotes eco-tourism, adventure tourism and various wildlife destinations in Karnataka. Working closely with the Forest Department, it runs 16 properties across National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries and the coast, making it India’s largest chain of resorts in wildlife tourism/ eco-tourism. Various outdoor activities such as trekking, camping, safaris, white water rafting, etc. are offered at these resorts.
JLR also provides consultancy services to other state governments in promoting eco-tourism.

Karnataka Exhibition Authority, Mysore

The Karnataka Exhibition Authority’s mandate is to promote art, culture, literature, science and technology of Karnataka through exhibitions/ fairs at the Doddakere Maidan, adjacent to the Mysore Palace. It also has been conducting the globally acclaimed Mysore Dasara exhibition since 1987.


R. V. Deshpande
Minister for Higher Education
and Tourism Govt. of Karnataka
Room No. 314, 314-A, 3rd Floor,
Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore 560 001 Tel: 080 - 2225 0637
Bangalore 560 001

Every great statesman has a unique leadership style - the Minister of Higher Education and Tourism, Sri. Raghunath Vishwanathrao Deshpande has proved this time and again. Born in 1947 to Late. Vishwanathrao Deshpande and Late. Vimalabai Deshpande, he completed his B.A. (Hons.) from Karnataka University and earned a law degree from Shivaji University.

Political Career:

Sri. Deshpande was the President of the Karnataka State Co-operative Agriculture & Rural Development Bank and Chairman of KSSIDC. He won the Assembly elections 7 times from Haliyal Constituency in Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka. He has served as the Minister of State for Small Scale Industries, Agriculture Housing and Urban Development, Large and Medium Industries and Infrastructure Development and Co-operation. He was also the Leader of the Opposition of Karnataka State Legislative Assembly and the President of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee.

Highlights of the work done under his able leadership:

  • Launched the new eco-tourism project, Jungle Camps and Trails, for people to learn and appreciate the eco-systems
  • Karnataka Tourism participated in 55 domestic and 15 international events and won the Union Government’s Best Tourism Promotional Materials for the fourth time in a row
  • The advertising campaign, ‘New Worlds’ invites travellers to experience the State’s ‘Many Worlds’; this went on to become a huge hit
  • Strong presence across social media – Facebook, Twitter and Youtube


  • Streamlined the Industrial Policy Novel Foreign Investment Policy & Information Technology Policy.
  • The development of industries, including high-tech industries like ITPL, which improved the economy of the State.
  • Encouraged multinational companies to invest in the industries in Karnataka, including core infrastructure sectors like Power, Steel, Transportation, etc.
  • Initiated various manufacturing industries for the growth of SSI sectors and collaborated with multinationals to aid in the competitiveness and compatibility in international markets.
  • These policies and programmes ascended Karnataka to second place in terms of investment approvals in the Industry & Infrastructure Schemes.
  • Toured extensively across the world to initiate programmes and policies of the State and accrue investment in various industrial sectors .


TOURISM POLICY (2009 - 2014)

A comprehensive Tourism Policy (2009-14) is in place to guide tourism development initiatives in the State. This Policy will expire in March 2014. Framing of a new Policy for 2014-19 is currently underway at the government level, after deliberations with many stakeholders. Following consultations with the tourism trade industry, the new Policy will be announced.

To know more about the current Policy initiatives, investment incentives, and the overall direction of the tourism story in Karnataka, please download a soft copy of the Karnataka Tourism Policy 2009-14 in English.

Proposed Karnataka Tourism Policy 2014-2019 (Draft Copy)
To know more about the new Karnataka Tourism Policy 2014-2019

Or call the Project Monitoring Unit on 91 80 22352 424 and speak to the Joint Commissioner-Tourism.


Giving a boost to the tourism industry in Karnataka, the Karnataka Tourism Trade and Promotion Facilitation Act is being prepared by the Department of Tourism. The Act will prove beneficial for the tourism industry, the government and travellers. The Act is aimed at being more participatory in nature with the objective of safe and comfortable travel, access to quantified and qualified information for the government and other agencies involved in the research and development, and also to ensure clarity in the roles expected to be played by service providers.

The draft of the Act, which is under preparation, has passed through several rounds of discussions with tourism trade bodies and government departments. Once finalised, the draft would be sent to the State Cabinet for sanction, following which it will be an enacted law as passed by the State Legislature.

Tourism Master Plan

In tune with the Tourism Policy of 2009-14, a comprehensive master plan has been prepared. It will outline the scope and scale of the tourism sector and its potential growth in order to meet the stated objective - of enabling tourism in Karnataka to grow exponentially. Salient features of the master plan have been stated below. For a copy of the master plan, call the Project Monitoring Unit on 91 80 22352 424 and speak to the Joint Commissioner-Tourism

Adopt A Tourist Destination

The Govt. of Karnataka, recognizing the importance of involving non-governmental organizations to actively take part in destination development and maintenance, has launched the 'Adopt A Tourist Destination' program. The first State Govt. in India to do so, the attempt is to rope in as many Corporate sector players as possible to take up along with the Govt, measures to ensure cleanliness and development of destinations.

The program was launched on the occasion of World Tourism Day 2014 at Bangalore on September 27.

Click here to download a copy of the official document.

For any queries on the same, contact Director-Tourism, Govt. of Karnataka on or on 91 80 223 52 525

List of Tourism Consultants


Welcome to the Tenders page of the Department of Tourism, Govt. of Karnataka. Soft copies of all tenders issued in newspapers/magazines/periodicals will be posted here from time to time. The Department of Tourism in its constant striving to create better facilities for travellers in the destination, initiates a number of developmental works across the State.

Click on any of the tender documents that interest you. We look forward to working with you to create one of India's better destinations for travel.

Should you have any queries regarding the tenders, do not hesitate to contact the coordinates mentioned in the Tender documents as posted here. For general enquiries, please contact :
Or speak with the Project Monitoring Unit on 91 80 22352 424 and speak to the Joint Commissioner-Tourism.

New Tender

Corrigendum for Preparation of Coastal Master plan for Karnataka

Coastal Master Plan - RFP

Government Order for Empanelment of Rating Agencies

Selection of an Agency to Survey Homestays and Impart Training to Members of Homestay

Tourism Destination Development - Haliyal Fort, Nisarga Dhama,Uttar Kannada

Tourism Destination Development - KIttur Fort ,Belgaum

Tourism Destination Development - Maulangi Falls, Uttar Kannada

Tourism Destination Development - Old Mangalore Town, Dakshina Kannada

Tourism Destination Development - Srirangapatna Town, Mandya

Corrigendum Tourism Destination Development - Haliyal Fort, Nisarga Dhama,Uttar Kannada

Corrigendum Tourism Destination Development - KIttur Fort ,Belgaum

Corrigendum Tourism Destination Development - Maulangi Falls, Uttar Kannada

Corrigendum Tourism Destination Development - Old Mangalore Town, Dakshina Kannada

Corrigendum Tourism Destination Development - Srirangapatna Town, Mandya


The Department of Tourism considers Publicity and Marketing among its primary mandates in its endeavour to develop tourism. Brand and Marketing activities for the destination addressed to key target market constituencies are carried out in a systematic manner that is in tune with its strategy. Some of the activities done are: advertising, destination information dissemination, trade fair participation across India and identified international markets, industry networking and research.

Theme Brochures

  • Art forms of Karnataka
  • Coorg
  • Destination Highlights
  • Explore Karnataka
  • Get Wowed
  • Hampi
  • Mysore
  • Shimoga
  • Wildlife of Karnataka
Destination Leaflets

  • Abbey Falls
  • Aihole
  • Around Bangalore
  • Badami
  • Bandipur National Park
  • Bangalore
  • Beach Circuit
  • Belur
  • Biligiri Rangana Hill
  • Chamundi Hill
  • Chitradurga
  • Costal Karnataka
  • Dharmasthala
  • Heritage
  • Heritage Circuit - Hampi-Badami-Aihole-Pattadakal
  • Heritage Circuit - Bangalore – Mysore - Shravanabelagola - Belur- Halebeedu- Bangalore
  • Heritage Circuit - Hyderabad - Bijapur-Gulbarga-Bidar-Hyderabad
  • Horanadu
  • Iruppu Falls
  • Jain Circuit
  • Jog Falls
  • Karnataka
  • Karwar
  • Kolar
  • Kuderemukh
  • Madikeri
  • Moodabidri
  • Mysore
  • Nature & Water Falls
  • Nature Circuit
  • Pattadakal
  • Tipu Palace
  • Udupi
  • Vidhana Soudha
  • Wildlife
  • Wildlife Circuit

  • 21 Reason to Come to Karnataka
  • Bangalore City
  • Karnataka State
  • Mysore

  • Bangalore
  • Belur
  • Bidar
  • Bijapur
  • Dandeli
  • Hampi
  • Karnataka

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