Mangaluru: 2-day River Festival inaugurated in grand style

Pics: Abhijith N Kolpe

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (ANK)

Mangaluru Jan 12: District in-charge minister, U T Khader, along with city mayor, Bhaskar Moily, inaugurated the two day maiden river festival at Bangra Kulur in the city on Saturday January 12.

Addressing the gathering, U T Khader, said, "We are organizing the river festival for the first time, and such festivals pave way for the tourists to come in large numbers and take part. States like Goa and Kerala have wonderfully utilized their backwaters. Even small organisations should come forward and take initiative in conducting such river festivals on a smaller scale," 

Mayor, Bhaskar Moily said, "As a part of Karavali Utsav, we are organizing river festival for the first time. This will definitely attract the tourists. Under Smart City project, we have earmarked sizeable funds for the development of the city."

'River Festival' is being organized in the city to promote tourism. This festival has been envisaged as part of Karavali Utsav on January 12 and 13. It is planned to develop river banks as tourism spots in the city. Temporary jetties have built at Bangra Kulur, Tannirbhavi and Sultan Battery for the purpose of river festival.

The festival is expected to explore the tourism potential in these areas.

For two days, water adventure sports such as Kayaking, stand up paddling, floating hotel, restaurant, food court, several stalls, cultural programmes etc will be arranged at the river banks. Film festival about rivers will also be arranged.

Deputy commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district, Sasikanth Senthil, police commissioner T R Suresh and others were present.


To reach river festival at Bangra Kulur, people can take ferry ride near to the Kulur bridge on the way to Tannirbhavi, or else people can go by road near to Kulur bus stand.


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  • Pasha, Karnataka

    Sun, Jan 13 2019

    I don't believe this. They are polluting the river. Please stop offering flowers, etc to the river, the pesticide used for the flowers will poison the fish & people who eat the fish caught here will develop cancer. Also many times people throw plastic bags into the river while traveling in the buses & other vehicles. All buses need to display notices to stop this practice.
    Who will remove the paper boats from the sand or will the river absorb that too.
    PLEASE STOP USING WATER JETS IN THE RIVERS OR HAVE THEM REDUCE THE SPEED TO MAX 12km/hr. The high speed causes the waves to wash up on the banks of the river causing erosion to the & damages it. Only kayaks, paddle boards, canoes & other slow moving boats are to be allowed on the rivers.
    Otherwise very good show. Keep it up.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 12 2019

    I saw all this while I was driving on Kolur Bridge 😊😊😊

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  • Kishore Kumar, Mangaluru

    Sat, Jan 12 2019

    Build a motarable bridge across Gurupura river from Sultan battery to Thannirbhavi. This will further improve the river festival and local tourism.

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Sat, Jan 12 2019

    Why Karavali UTSAV was failed 🙄

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  • abdulla, india

    Sat, Jan 12 2019

    Please work on Conserving the Rivers.. ponds..Lakes...Beaches..ex: Nethravathy: Gurpur: Pilikula.etc.
    like Thames: Venice: Danube..
    Every drop of water....
    with proper River banks..
    Build Tetrapods.. on Breakwaters on coastal beaches.
    start planting Mangroves...
    Green covers...
    with Bike Trails.
    Walk ways..
    clean.. non stop flow..
    install...Micro dams...
    Diaphragm walls..
    build neat.. stone walls/Granite walls....
    plant tress surrounding.....

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