The train — operated by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation in collaboration with the Indian Railways — has 44 luxury cabins, which can accommodate 88 travellers.
Its first commercial run was on March 10, 2008.
There are two packages — Pride of the South and the Southern Splendour — besides a special run to Mysuru on the occasion of Dasara.
Pride of the South package covers the State’s best-known tourism destinations such as Mysuru, Kabini, Belur, Halebid, Hampi, Badami, and Aihole. The trip ends in Goa.
The Southern Splendour journey starts at Bengaluru, covering the historical temples of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and backwaters of Kerala before returning to Bengaluru.
On the restoration of heritage sites in the State, Mr. Mahesh said 1,200 sites and buildings under the ownership of the Union government as well as the State government had been declared as heritage properties.
Around 831 are under the State control and 400 in the possession of the Centre. There are over 25,000 properties that have not been given heritage status.
Thanks to bountiful rains, the government is planning to celebrate waterfall tourism, starting with the one at Dhanuskoti at Chunchankatte in K.R. Nagar taluk which has come alive with the overflowing Cauvery.
Mr. Mahesh, who represents K.R. Nagar segment, said the date of ‘Jalapata Utsava’ would be announced soon after holding a meeting with the Deputy Commissioner of Mysuru, and other officials.
Tourism Secretary T.K. Anil Kumar, KSTDC Managing Director Kumar Pushkar, and Tourism Department Director Raju accompanied the Minister during his visit.
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