RURAL TOURISM: IMPACT, CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN KARNATAKA By Ravi Kumara B.M.

Abstract

The most important purpose of tourism development is economic and social development of the tourism areas. Although a minor part of tourism includes rural tourism and plays an important role in economics of rural areas of Karnataka, but other advantages and even received harms through these activities in rural areas should not be neglected. As some benefits may be obtained from tourism development, its inappropriate development will bring about losses and negative effects. Nevertheless, the level of these effects would be changed proportionate to different factors such as importance of local tourism industry, potentials of tourists and their activities, consolidation of local environment and authority of local cultures and customs. Certainly, tourism development would not be happened unless some expenses are being considered for it and in line with this purpose the village’s environment may be put at risk.

Keywords: Tourism, Rural tourism.

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