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Convergence of Planetarium Enthusiasts
Mangaluru, lying below Western Ghats and near the Arabian Sea along Coastal Karnataka, is well known as an educational hub of the country with cent percent literacy. The city is well connected to major parts of the country by air, rail and road. It is a land of temples and rivers and is becoming popular as a tourist center. A large number of tourists throng this coastal area to visit the famous temples and to witness the beauty of the majestic Arabian Sea with vast sandy and spectacular rocky beaches. It is a city of multi-culture and languages.
Pilikula, at a distance of about 18 km from Mangaluru, is in an area of 356 acres in the outskirts of the city. It was a barren habitat threatened by excessive quarrying and degradation until 1996, which has now become an integrated unique ecological and science park. Currently, Pilikula is the only center in India, which has a science park associated with live biological components, including rare species of animals living in the Western Ghats to serve as a good educational and resource center for learners for enriching their knowledge at a one-stop destination. Major components like Regional Science Centre, Hybrid Planetarium, Biological Park (Zoo), Snake Park, Arboretum (Botanical Garden), Medicinal Garden, Heritage Village, Artisans Village, Guttu Mane, Boating Centre & Lake Garden, Golf Course, Jungle Lodges and Manasa Water Park and many other attractions are contributing Pilikula to emerge as one of the important destinations to promote “Science through Tourism and Tourism through Science”. Frequented by about 10 lakhs visitors per annum, this eco-tourism center is popular for its novel concept in the Asian region to explore, experience and enjoy the scenic beauty of this unique ecosystem.