If it is summer this holiday destination has to be one of the most happening places.

In tune with this popular perception, Ooty is getting ready for the curtain to go up on activities of a varied kind to entertain the large numbers of tourists from various parts of India who are flocking to the place in cars, buses and trains.

The weekend ahead is expected to be hectic, with a number of activities that have been lined up.

The prestigious dog show of the South India Kennel Club (SIKC) will be held between May 7 and 9 at the Government Arts College ground here.

Speaking to The Hindu about the event, the President, South India Kennel Club D.Krishnamurthy said that the response to the dog show that is to be held this year was overwhelming.

The total number of entries was 433 as against 410 last year for the all breeds show, it was pointed out.

Among them were 58 German Shepherd Dogs, 54 Labrador Retrievers, 36 Great Danes, 30 Dobermanns, 25 Golden Retrievers and 24 Pugs.

For the first time a Spanish breed Bogo Carino has been entered by a dog lover from Mysore.

Pointing out that the Obedience Trials would be held on May 7, he said that on May 8 the All Breeds Show involving Pastoral and Working groups would be held.

On the concluding day the All Breeds Show for Toy, Terrier, Utility, Hound and Gun Dog groups would be held.

On the opening day the Obedience Trials would be followed in the afternoon by the 6th Dobermann National Speciality Show.

The judges for various shows would be Jackie Perry from Thailand, Sharath Sharma from Gurgaon and Muneer Bin Jung from Hyderabad and Philip John from Chennai.

Tourists

During the coming weekend the inflow of tourists is expected to register a considerable increase on account of the annual Rose Show which would be held at the Centenary Rose Park here on May 8 and 9.

The Summer festival is also scheduled to commence on Saturday.

The curtain will come down on the 152nd Founder's Day celebrations of the Lawrence School at Lovedale on Friday.

The Secretary, Nilgiri Hotels and Restaurants Association N.Chandrashekar said that practically all the hotels have reported good occupancy and added that the trend is expected to continue till the end of the month.

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