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About Skyway International Travels

IATA Accredited, Active Member of Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Travel Agent Federation of India (TAFI) & Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), an ISO 9001-2015 Certified Travel Company

We are recognised by Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India as Inbound Tour Operator having Head Office in Bangalore and Registered office in Mysore, Karnataka and branches/associate offices India. We are in travel business for last 22 years having management with travel trade experience for 28 years. IATA Accredited, Active Member of Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Travel Agent Federation of India (TAFI) & Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), an ISO 9001-2015 Certified Travel Company.



It is part of our policy to offer customers only the very best, no matter which part of the world they arrive from. Skyway currently serves FIT’s, Families and small groups from UK, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and USA.

Managed by a set of professionals, supported by perfectly maintained fleet, quality drivers, well- mannered staff, best office infrastructure, round the clock support and that extra urge to ensure a hassle-free holiday to make our guests feel comfortable and at home while holidaying.

We are specialized in tour packages that include Historical, Archaeological & Pilgrim, Preserved Forest & Wildlife, Spectacular Mountains & Beautiful Sceneries, Sun, Sand & Sea, Landscapes filed with Flaura, Fauna & birds, Adventurous, Ayurveda, Angling, Golf etc., as the list goes on. Specialists in tailor-made holidays to India, Skyway has grown to become one of the leading and most respected tour operators in India.

Skyway represent as GSA:
The Golden Chariot, the First Luxury Train in South India from Karnataka Jungle Lodges & Resorts, pioneers in managing Eco friendly lodges in Karnataka
S.Mahalingaiah (Manu) - Founder Director
Started the business during 1994 after obtaining Master of Commerce (M.Com) from Mysore University with 8 years trade experience in Travel and Hospitality. Formed the company during 1996 and expanded the business with Head Office at Bangalore, branches at Madikeri and Mangalore.
Amaravathy M.M. (Vishal) - Co Founder-Managing Director
Started the business along with Mr. S. Mahalingaiah during 1994 after obtaining Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from Mangalore University.
Venugopalan Nambiar - Sr. Manager and Head-Admin & OM
Bachelor of Arts Calicut University, joined Skyway during 2010 as Manager Administration & Online Marketing. He has 19 years experience in Travel & Tourism Sector.

Before joining with Skyway International Travels he had worked with Indian Association of Tour Operators, (IATO), New Delhi (8 years). Creative Travel Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi and Sita World Travel India Ltd, New Delhi now known as Kuoni Destination Management (10 years),

He is presently looking Administration of all offices (Mysore, Bangalore, Madikeri, and Mangalore. He is also responsible for all Online Marketing Activity of the company.
S.Manjunatha - Manager Operation
Joined as Counter Assistance during 1996 and is now working as Manager Travel with Skyway, Mysore. He is working with the company for the last 15 years. He is in-charge of entire operations.
R.Madan Kumar - Asst.Manager Travel
Bachelor of Commerce from Mysore University, joined Skyway during 1998 as Counter Assistance and now working as Asst. Manager-Travel. He is working with the company for the last 13 years and has undergone many airlines workshop including Air India Fares & Ticketing. He is in-charge of Ticketing & Outbound division.
Asha M.J. - Asst.Manager Tours
Bachelor of Science from Mysore University joined Skyway during 2004 as Counter Assistance Tours. At present, Asst. Manager Tours. She is in-charge of Inbound and Domestic Tours.
Umesha H - Asst. Manager Accounts
Master of Commerce holder from University of Mysore, joined Skyway International Travels in the year 2008 as Accounts Executive presently designated as Asst. Manager Acounts having 11 years of experience in Accounts
S.Mahalingaiah (Manu) - Founder Director
Started the business during 1994 after obtaining Master of Commerce (M.Com) from Mysore University with 8 years trade experience in Travel and Hospitality. Formed the company during 1996 and expanded the business with Head Office at Bangalore, branches at Madikeri and Mangalore.
Amaravathy M.M. (Vishal) - Co Founder-Managing Director
Started the business along with Mr. S. Mahalingaiah during 1994 after obtaining Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from Mangalore University.
Mr. M.U. Mandanna - Founder Director
Retired from Indian Army, joined the company and takes care of operations
Mr. Arun Soni
Director
Ms. Monica Lindberg
Director
I.M.Vittala Murthy, IAS - Advisor
I.M.Vittala Murthy, IAS, obtained Master’s Degree in Economics from Central College in 1974. He taught Economics at VV Puram college before joining administrative service as Assistant Commissioner in 1977.  After working as a probationer in Dharwad and Belgaum districts was posted as Assistant Commissioner Gadag. He later worked in various capacities in Coorg, Hassan, Shimoga and Mangalore districts. He also served as a Director of Kannada and Culture for two terms and led a delegation of leading literary and cultural personalities from Karnataka to the Vishwa Kannada Sammelana held in Manchester in 1988.

After being appointed to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1986 he served as Deputy Commissioner Bijapur as well as Tumkur districts. He also worked as CEO of Zilla Panchayat, Bellary and Bangalore Rural districts.

Other important assignments held by him are:
  • Managing Director, MSIL[State Government PSU];
  • Commissioner of Tourism & Managing Director, KSTDC;
  • Commissioner for Transport, Transport Department;
  • Managing Director, KSIIDC [State Government PSU].
  • Secretary, Kannada, Culture, Information & Tourism Department
  • Principal Secretary, Medical Education
During his tenure as Managing Director, MSIL, Mr Vittala Murthy organized two major National Art camps at Chikmagalur and Hampi. He also help promote Kannada poetry as well as rural talent through Nityotsava, a singing contest on Doordarshan. As Commissioner of Tourism, he promoted Karnataka’s tourist destinations at various international travel marts and was instrumental in Karnataka getting its own luxury train, The Golden Chariot.

Apart from this, in his private capacity, Mr Vittala Murthy has been a Consulting Producer for three award winning Kannada Feature Films: Kanooru Heggadithi, Mathadana and Hasina. Kanooru Heggadithi based on a novel by the Gnanapeeta Award Winner Kuvempu was directed by another Gnanapeeta Award Winner Mr Girish Karnad. Mathadana based on a novel by the well known writer Mr S.L.Byrappa was directed by Mr T.N.Seetharam. Hasina based on a novel by Ms. Banu Mustaq was directed by Mr Girish Kasaravalli.


In his final assignment before retiring from service, Mr Vittala Murthy worked as Special Officer for Vishwa Kannada Sammelana, 2011 held at Belgaum.
Prof. K.S. Nagapathi - Advisor
D.O.B. 10-08-1947. In a small village of Sorab Tq, Shimoga Dist. Primary Education at his village, B.Com at D. Banumaiah’s College of commerce and Arts Mysore and Masters of Commerce at Manasagangotri Mysore.Joined as a lecturer in D.Banumaiah’s College of commerce and Arts, Mysore and retired as professor and HOD of commerce in 2005 after serving for 35 years.

He is Instrumental in developing a five years integrated course in tourism, first of its kind in India leading to Master of Tourism Administration and got the course instituted in the University of Mysore and started the course in 2007-08 in Mysore, affiliated to University of Mysore. 

He is instrumental in procuring funding for the establishment of the tourism courses from the department of Tourism, Govt of Karnataka. It is due to his effort that the State of the Art Campus- Mahajana Tourism Development Institute has come into existence, in Mysuru. He was its founder director and continued for 8 years.  He started one year Diploma in Hotel Management course in 2012-13 with financial support from department of tourism, Government of Karnataka. He is responsible for starting a two years’ Masters program in Tourism and Air Travel  Management, the first of its kind in Karnataka as a special program after getting Affiliation  from the University of Mysore, from academic year 2014-15 . He has worked as a Member of Board of Studies (BOS) and Board of Examination (BOE) in Master of Tourism Administration of Bangalore, Karnatak and Mysore Universities.

He has authored the following books:
  • Karnataka –“A Delight for Tourists” – A comprehensive book on all aspect of Karnataka tourism -sponsored by Dept. of Tourism, Government of Karnataka. This book was released in 2014.  Rani Channamma University, Belagavi, has awarded D.Litt. degree (Highest Degree Awarded by any university in India) for this book. Its Kannada version “Karnataka-Pravasi Swarga” is released in 2015.
  • He has written a book on principles and practices of tourism titled as “Tourism development- A new Approach”. This book was released in 2012. Its Kannada version was released in 2013.
  • His Book on Mysore Dasara “ MYSORE Dasara- A spectacular Cultural Extravaganza” is under print.
  • He has organized more than a dozen National and State Level Seminars on different aspect of tourism.
  • He has written a number of articles both in English and Kannada about Karnataka tourism, particularly developing sustainable tourism in Mysore region
  • He is the Editor in Chief of “Mysore Guide”. A tourists’ guide for Mysore region.
  • He has developed curriculum  for comprehensive guide’s training for the department of tourism, Government of Karnataka, which is being implemented by the department in five regions of the State including Mysore.
  • He has written a hand book on “Tourism and World Heritage”.
  • Samskrithi- A book on heritage and cultural tourism -Edited.
  • At present, he is working as a Chief coordinator of UGC tourism projects for organizing about 250 special lectures on different aspect of tourism under EMMRC of University of Mysore.
  • He has completed a Research project on tourism of Mysore city as its coordinator conducted by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, in 2015.
  • His books on commerce and Management includes; Management Accounting & The Art of Entrepreneurship.
  •  He was given “ Mysore Tourism Promotion Award-2014” by Mysore Travel Agents Association and “Tataiah’s Award-2014’ by Tataiah’s Vichara Vedike.
As part of his civic duty, he is involved in several social activities:
  • Started Garbage Collection and disposal mechanism in Jayalakshmi Puram area of Mysore city by starting a Resident Welfare Association way back in 1996. It also carried on street sweeping. These activities were completely funded by residents of the locality. Both these activities have, since been taken over by MCC.
  • Federation of Residents’ Welfare Associations named “Federation of MCC Ward Parliament” was started in association with Sri. D. Made Gowda, former MLC, and other residents which is carrying out Zero Waste Management in Ward no 28-Kumbarkoppal for the last 7 years. Wet waste is converted into organic manure and given to farmers directly. Dry waste is further segregated into 25 types and sent to re-cycling units.
  • Developed Jayalakshmi Puram Park (Near Raghavendra Swamy Mutt) and maintained it for a decade, after which MCC took over and is maintaining it.
Education:
  • During the year 2011 Skyway donated a sum of Rs. 1, 00,000/- (Rupees one lakh only) to University of Mysore to award Gold Medal annually to the Rank holder in Master of Tourism Administration (MTA). 
  • Skyway has entered into a MoU with Tourism Development Institute, Mysore, which offers Master of Tourism Administration (MTA), Bachelor of Hotel Management (BHM) and various Diploma courses related to tourism industry. Under this MoUit s been agreed to assist and develop the courses, constructingthe new campusandto provide all practical training in different areas of travel and tourism management to students of MTA in their company.
  • Skyway donated a sum of Rs. 1, 00,000/- (Rupees one lakh only) to Tourist Development Institute towards furnishing the library. Skyway has subscribed for all travel and tourism industry related publications for the library apart from donating books and cds.
  • Mahajana Education Society, Mysore has named the Library block in Tourism Development Institute Skyway Block in recognition of theservices rendered by Skyway Management.
Tourism Publications:
  • Skyway Tourism Education Trust has brought out the 2ndEdition of Mysore Guide which was released during July 2011. First edition was brought out during 2008 and 10,000 copies were sold out. Second edition is priced at Rs.120/- and the money collected goes for a charitable cause.
  • Skyway Tourism Education Trust has brought out Mysore city Map which is available for sale at Rs.20/- and the money collected is used for a charitable cause.
  • Skyway brings calendars annually based on destination in Karnataka, viz., Hampi- 2010, Coorg - 2011, Nagarahole 2012, North Canara -2013,
Health:
  • Skyway has an endowment with KRS Charitable Trust, Mysore which manages Pragati Visions Super Speciality Eye Hospital in Mysore. The endowment is for free cataract operation for 5 patients in need, in and around Mysore every year.
Sports:
  • Skyway was one of the co-sponsorers of Mountain Biking Corporate Challange




  • Skyway was one of the co-sponsorers of the event Celebration Mysore Marathon held at Mysore on 2nd October 2011. 500 T-shirtswith company logo were distributed to participants apart from helping the organisers with Logistic support and guiding the participants about the event.
  • Skyway sponsored Skyway AITA (All India Tennis Association) Talent Series event for Boys & Girls U- 14 &U-16, conducted by NagarajTennis Academy from 21st-25thNovember 2011.Rotary Mysore, Mysore RI District 3180 joined us as co-sponsorer.Tournament was sinaugurated by International Tennis Player and Ekalavya AwardeeMiss.PoojashreeVenkatesha. On this occasion, Nagaraj Tennis Centre [NTC] felicitated Mr.Venkatesha, father of Miss.Poojashree, for his outstanding support to his daughter in becoming a Tennis player of National & International repute. Ms.Poojashree is No.2 in the country. Rtn.S.Mahalingaiah, Director, Skyway International Travels did the honours and Rtn.T.K. Chittaranjan, President of Rotary Mysore was present on this occasion.
    Prize Distribution Ceremony held on 25th November 2011 presided by Ms. M.M. Amaravathy, Managing Director, Skyway International Travels and Rtn.Chittaranjan, President Rotary Mysore did the honours.

    The following are the results of the tournament:-AITA Skyway Talent Series.Boys under - 16. Winner - S.D.PrajwalDev (KAR).Runners up -Sammud Sharma (TN).
    Boys under -14. Winner -C.Vasisht (KAR). Runners up - BabuPranesh (TN).
    Girls under -16. Winner - Varunya.C (KAR).Runners up- SaiAvantika (TN).
    Girls under - 14. Winner- SaiAvantika (TN).Runners up - PrernaKalwar (KAR).

    State Ranking: -
    Boys under -12. Winner -P.M.Pramukh (MYS).Runners up M.S.Darshan (MYS).
    Girls under - 12. Winner - SanahJaved (B lore).Runners up - Trupthi (MYS).
    Children under 10. Winner -P.Vishal (MYS). Runners up ShauryaPiplani (DEL)
  • Eagles Golf Cup: Annual Golfing event organised by friends and well-wishers of our management in Mysore. Skyway sponsors T-Shirts and supports the event annually. Event was conducted during December 2011.
Music & Arts



Skyway co-sponsorers the Mountain Biking Corporate Challange


Ms. Poojashree Venkatesh


Skyway AITA Tennis in News paper


Skyway Block - Library Inauguration 29th July 2011


Skyway Block Inagraul News in Incredible India Magzine


Skyway Block Innagruation in Mysore


Skyway Mysore Marathon Celebration


Skyway Talent Series Tennis Tournament


Skyway Tennis
Skyway International Travels