Tourism & Wellness

Karnataka has the largest number of tourist destinations in India. The landscape in the state is a wonderful mix of hills, plains, rivers, waterfalls, beaches and forests teeming with wildlife.


Rank in Indian Tourism


Wildlife sanctuaries and 5 national parks


In the number of tourist destinations in India


Number of tourist destinations


Rank in Indian Tourism


Wildlife sanctuaries and 5 national parks


In the number of tourist destinations in India


Number of tourist destinations


Incentive on Stamp Duty

Stamp Duty Exemption –50% to 100%

Incentive on Land Conversion Fee

Reimbursement of Land Conversion Fee – 75% to 75%

Interest-free Loan

Up to 75% to 100% of EPC for a period of 9 to 14 years

Development Rights for Heritage Buildings (DRHB)

Award of development rights certificate from the local body concerned, as per prevailing development regulations and approvals

Concession for Homestays

Payment of electricity and water charges at domestic tariffs

Property tax rates as prescribed for residential purposes

Incentive on Registration Charges

Concessional Registration charges -INR 1 per INR 1000

Transfer of Land on Lease Basis

Provided for a period of 30 years, renewable by another 30 years (through appropriate lease/ development agreements)

Exemption on Motor Vehicle Tax

Vehicles purchased by tourism project for carrying out tourism-related activities shall be exempted from payment of Motor Vehicle Tax

Rating of Tourism Products and Services

All tourism products developed in the state shall be certified by an accreditation agency, to ensure delivery of quality services to tourists at acceptable standards

Recognition to Corporate Homes

Department of Tourism shall encourage corporate homes in tourist destinations of the state by recognising, approving and providing accreditation to such corporate homes that comply with the guidelines issued by the Department

New initiatives & opportunities

Heritage Development

Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) Government of India (GoI) scheme support to enhance tourism potential in 12 heritage cities, Badami being one of them.

Niche Tourism

Huge potential for niche tourism such as cruises (Mangaluru/Coastal Karnataka), adventure (Kali River/Dubare), medical and eco-tourism (Malnad Karnataka/Western Ghats of Karnataka).

Health and Wellness Tourism

Health and Wellness Tourism cluster is being set up at Shivamogga.

Sector Champion

Dr. Isaac Mathai

Founder & Medical Director

SOUKYA International Holistic Health Centre Pvt. Ltd.

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SOUKYA is a Global Model for Holistic Health and Wellness where Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Yoga therapy and complementary therapies are practised under one roof. Situated on a 30 acre Organic farm in Whitefield on the outskirts of Bangalore, it has treated guests and patients from more than 100 countries. Eminent personalities like HRH The Prince of Wales, HRH Camilla The Duchess of Cornwall, Oscar winning Hollywood actress Ms.Emma Thompson etc have stayed several times in SOUKYA. All eco-friendly practises are followed at SOUKYA.

Growth drivers

Strong Ecosystem

Wellness clusters being developed in Mysuru, Bengaluru and Shivamogga

Promotional Events

Karnataka Exhibition Authority, Mysore, set up in 1981 to promote the art, culture, literature, science, and technology of Karnataka through exhibitions and fairs.

Infrastructure Support

State Tourism Development Corporation set up in 1971 to provide basic needs of accommodation and transport facilities to the visiting tourists at tourist destinations.