Mangaluru: Founder of Nirmala Travels, C Nirmala Kamath passes away

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (EP)

Mangaluru, Apr 16: The tourism sector mourns the loss of C Nirmala Kamath, the esteemed founder of Nirmala Travels, who passed away at her residence in Mangaluru's Kottara on Monday, April 15. Her impactful contributions to the industry garnered her numerous accolades over the years.

Survived by her husband, C Upendra Kamath, daughter Vitika Pai, and a wide circle of friends and relatives, Nirmala Kamath, a member of the Cholpadi clan, established Nirmala Travels alongside her husband in 1971, dedicated to serving tourists.

Starting from Mangaluru as its base, the business expanded nationally and internationally, earning recognition from both the Karnataka state government and the union government. With over 20 luxury buses, Nirmala Travels facilitated tourist journeys via trains and planes across the country, earning acclaim for their organized tours and steadfast commitment, a testament to Nirmala's perseverance.

Following in her mother's footsteps, Vitika Pai ventured into the tourism industry, founding Vatika International Travels, thereby continuing the family's legacy of hospitality and service.

Nirmala Kamath's pioneering spirit revolutionized tourism offerings, particularly for the residents of the coastal region. Catering predominantly to the middle-class demographic employed in banks and the private sector, Nirmala Travels provided affordable and comprehensive package tours for over five decades, fostering exploration and adventure.

Recognizing the potential of tourism incentives available to government and banking sector employees, Nirmala Kamath strategically organized tours to popular destinations across India, ensuring safety and comfort for all travelers.

Born and raised in Mangaluru, Nirmala Kamath embarked on her entrepreneurial journey after her marriage to Upendra Kamath, having previously worked as a receptionist at a local clinic. Educated at Canara Girls High School and St Agnes College, where she earned her BSc, Nirmala's early career experiences shaped her innovative approach to tourism.

Understanding the reluctance of solitary travelers to journey with strangers, Nirmala Kamath pioneered family and friends tour packages, offering companionship and security on their voyages. This personalized touch endeared Nirmala Travels to countless customers, creating a familial atmosphere even among strangers.

Within five years of its inception, Nirmala Travels introduced a 45-day North India package, encompassing iconic destinations like Delhi, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Jammu and Kashmir, Haridwar, Varanasi, Kolkata, Puri, and Konark, solidifying its reputation as a premier travel agency in the region.




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  • Dr Girija A, Sonia clinic manipal

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    Always silently admired her commitment and work ethics. Too young to passaway..her daughter will take things forward as she is doing.. She started at about the same time as me .. Created many happy moments for thousands of people.

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  • K.jayaram prabhu, Karkala

    Thu, Apr 18 2024

    A classic case of woman entrepreneurship & empowerment. Mrs Nirmala kamath single handedly nurtured her business & earned reputation & trust. May her soul rest in peace .

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  • K.jayaram prabhu, Karkala

    Thu, Apr 18 2024

    a classic case of women entrepreneurship & empowerment . Mrs Nirmala kamath single handedly nurtured her travel business & her travel agency gained reputation & acquired trust among it's patrons. I pray to Lord padu tirupati venkatramana to give strength to family members to bear the loss.

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  • Lolita, Mangalore/Dubai

    Thu, Apr 18 2024

    Dear Vathika & Family, Heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May God grant you strength at this time of loss. May her soul rest in peace.

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  • Sr. Supriya, Mangalore now Kundapura

    Wed, Apr 17 2024

    Dear Vathika, Very sad to hear the demise of your beloved mother. May the Lord grant her eternal peace and reward for all her kind services to humanity. May God give you the strength and solace to bear this pain and sorrow

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  • Bharath, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 17 2024

    Nirmala Travels, an unexplained tour operator, who always made its customer to be in comfort while carrying out the tours. Their tour packages were nurtured personally and ensured all amenities were provided during tours days. Fabulous service was provided and all like minded people joined the tour having fun as a family. It is a very unfortunate that the humble lady who lived next door is only a history. May god bless the departed soul and give strength to Uppi mam and his family to bear this big loss.

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  • Brijesh, Bangalore

    Wed, Apr 17 2024

    Fabulous ,and wonderful person,I still remember Nirmal Travel such a wonderful service great human being lost

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  • Sr. Marie Prem DSouza, Carmel, Ashaniketan, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 17 2024

    My heartfelt condolences dear Vathika and family. It is very to have lost such a beautiful person. God grant you strength at this time of loss.

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  • Mohit, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 17 2024

    May her soul rest in peace. Hari Om. During early days of my life in Mangalore Nirmala travels who had an office Bharath building was the only one renowned travel agency. It was an an luxury for Mangalorean's way back in 1980's . Great Service by Nirmala Travels.

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  • K Ranganatha Acharya, Ambalpady / Bengaluru

    Wed, Apr 17 2024

    October 1986, we had taken the 30 days North India Package and to our luck both Nirmala Aunty and Her Husband were accompanying us because we had owners of Ganesh Beedies and Kamath Hotel as Co passengers and it used to be a daily party both in train and ground, even now I have beautiful memories of that trip. Nirmala Aunty and her husband were fountain of energy, may her atma attain sadgathi. CA Ranganatha Acharya K Bengaluru

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  • Mithun Barboza, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2024

    Rest in peace Madam.

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  • Giriiish, Mannapalla

    Tue, Apr 16 2024

    Om Shanthi. Nirmal travel were true pioneers in the travel industry an household name when it comes to summer and winter vacations

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  • Geralyn Pinto, Mangalore

    Tue, Apr 16 2024

    Dearest Vathika and Family, Your mother was such a vital human being; a high performer, and a great inspiration to us all. It's hard to believe that she has passed on. To be honest, this was the last thing I expected to hear. May she Rest in the Almighty. May God grant consolation to you, your dear father and all the other members of the family, and help you to bear this irreparable loss. Love, Deep Sympathies and Prayers, Geralyn Pinto

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  • Wilson Saldanha, Shirthady/Kuwait

    Tue, Apr 16 2024

    We still have sweet memories of our one week honeymoon trip through Nirmala Travels 27 years back during 1997. The package covered everything which was like a tourist can travel without a single penny in their pocket. After that we didn't get chance to travel through them. May her Soul Rest In Peace.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Tue, Apr 16 2024

    May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God ...

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