Udupi, Oct 21: The huge demand for adventure sports among youth in the district has prompted the state government to make Manna Palla Lake in Manipal a hub of aerosports and aquasports.
The lake comprises 60 acres of water with 40 acres of land surrounding it. According to district in-charge minister Pramod Madhwaraj, the sports department is ready to spend Rs 2 crore to promote adventure sports at the lake.
The government is reportedly in talks with the General Thimayya National Academy of Adventure to promote adventure sports at the lake and develop it as a major tourist destination.
The district administration has allotted two acres of land for this purpose near the lake. The government has spent money on the beautification of the lake. Silt has been removed from the lake to increase its water-retention capacity, and as a result, it is only during peak summer that the water level in the lake reaches a low point, said Madhwaraj.
Besides the lake, the government is giving importance to developing Malpe beach. Already, a beach-cleaning machine has been purchased for Rs. 75 lakh. This machine is cleaning all the dirt from the beach and helping bring tourists as a result, the Minister said.
Adventure sports to get a big push in Manipal