The State government had decided to start the heli-tourism in Krishna district to attract tourists. The government initially proposed a lucrative packages starting from Rs 3,000.
Krishna district Collector B Lakshmikantham announced that helipads would be created in the mandal areas too to increase tourist footfall. “We have roped in a few agencies for the heli-tourism project. This would make travelling easier for tourists from abroad,” he added. Bhavani Island, Kanaka Durga temple, Gandhi Hill and Manginapudi Beach are some of the major attractions in the district, which will be considered for the heli-tourism.
Tourism footfall has almost doubled in the state post state-bifurcation. The district administration had earlier started development works in all major attractions. It now pins its hopes on heli-tourism, which might become one of the factors that could boost tourism in the region.
In December 2017, officials launched heli-tourism in Visakhapatnam, which was stopped only after a trial run of two weeks. Earlier, pilgrims who visited Vijayawada for Krishna Pushkaralu were also offered a tour of the city by helicopters. The flying time per ride lasted for 20 minutes and was charged Rs 2,000 per person. This service was offered by Pawan Hans Ltd, a Central government enterprise, in association with Andhra Pradesh Tourism and Krishna district administration.
Collector Lakshmikantham added, “We want to encourage tourism in the district and develop locations across the district. Even the Dussehra festivities would mark with much fervour this time to attract more tourists. We are developing and will promote Manginapudi beach, Sagara Sangamam, Nagara Vanam and Ghantasala for tourist visits.”