The number of sites where tourists can’t visit has increased over the past three years, and the sites are considered to be “unsafe” by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.
In a report titled ‘Tourism and Tourism-Related Crimes in South India’, a departmental expert from the Ministry said, “There are three sites in the area which are classified as ‘unsafe’.
They are: the Kallipura beach, the Mangaluru Beach, and Shriya Beach.
All of these are situated in the vicinity of the coastal village of Srikakulam, on the western side of the river Ganga.
All these areas are located in the same area, which is known as ‘Rajapuram’, which is a part of the state of Andhra Pradesh.
These sites have been the target of tourist attacks for quite some time.”
According to the report, in 2014, at least 6 people were killed and 12 injured when a man opened fire on a group of tourists at the Kalyan Beach in Shriyasan, Karnataka, after the group had visited the beach.
A few days later, a group from Kerala was attacked at the Mangaly Beach in Srikapurampalli, Tamil Nadu.
“Tourism has become an increasingly popular and popular destination in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, which has led to increased incidents of violence,” said the expert.
“However, we have also witnessed incidents of incidents of tourist violence occurring in some other parts of the country, such as Assam, Andhra and Kerala.”
While tourist crimes were reported from various parts of India during 2015, the most common attacks occurred in Tamil Nadu and Assam.
In Tamil Nadu alone, around 5,000 people were injured, while in Assam alone, 5,890 people were reported injured in tourist violence.
While the tourist attacks have increased in recent years, the government has also taken steps to ensure that these incidents do not occur again.
In 2014, the Karnataka Tourism Act, 2013, introduced a mandatory security plan for all tourist attractions.
The Act also set up a tourism safety committee with the mission to ensure safety of tourists in the tourism sector.
“Tourist-related crime is one of the major causes of unemployment in the state.
We are committed to ensuring safety and security of our visitors,” said an official statement issued by the tourism ministry.
The Karnataka State Tourism Department has been set up to deal with incidents of tourism violence.
While in 2017, the tourism department was still in the process of setting up a Safety and Security Committee, in 2019 the department established a task force headed by the Tourism Secretary to ensure the safety of visitors.