Helicopter tourism launched in Udupi

A view of the Malpe fisheries harbour and Udyavara rivulet taken from a helicopter on Monday.

A view of the Malpe fisheries harbour and Udyavara rivulet taken from a helicopter on Monday.  

A joyride around Udupi, Manipal, Malpe will cost Rs. 3,000 per head

Tourism in Udupi district, dotted with pristine beaches and pilgrim centres, is all set to get a major push with the launch of the helicopter tourism facility at Adi Udupi helipad on Monday. The service, currently available for two weeks, could get extended if it becomes a hit. Tourists, VVIPs or businessmen wanting to visit Udupi or Kollur can hop into the chopper from Mangaluru and reach the pilgrim centres.

The facility will also be available for the tourist destinations of Murudeshwar and Gokarna from Udupi. The helicopter can carry a maximum of six passengers apart from the pilot.

One can also go on a 10-minute joyride on the helicopter and enjoy a panoramic, breathtaking view not just of Udupi and Manipal but also the pristine Malpe beach from the Adi Udupi helipad. The joyride facility has been introduced keeping in mind the 18,000-strong student community in Manipal University.

The Delhi-based chartered service provider Chipsan Aviation began its heli-tourism services here after getting the nod from the District Administration, which gets a request every week or 10 days for a helicopter landing.

Sunil Narayanan, director, Chipsan Aviation, said, “We get lot of queries from international or domestic tourists arriving in Bengaluru and Mangaluru airports. For them, the last mile connectivity to Udupi or Kollur or Murudeshwar is a problem. Our service will address this issue.”

“Helicopter tourism has good potential in the district. We want to exploit it. The continuation of the service will be subject to the demand for it,” said R. Vishal, Deputy Commissioner and the brain behind the scheme.

There are separate guidelines by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for aviation service. Presently, the administration provides police security and a fire tender at the Adi Udupi helipad. “If there is a good demand for our helicopter service, we will keep a helicopter here on a permanent basis. We can also promote health tourism as Manipal is a major healthcare centre,” Mr. Narayanan said.

A joyride around Udupi, Manipal and Malpe will cost Rs. 3,000 per head. Students can avail a concession of Rs. 400 per head.

Tourists wanting to be picked up from Mangaluru to Udupi or wanting to go from Udupi to Kollur or other places should inform the Chipsan Aviation at least 24 hours in advance.

For using the helicopter service and details, call: 9742507270, 9388199101 or 9611520008.

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