Cars were crawling bumper-to-bumper on Bangalore-Mysore highway

The long weekend brought a rush of tourists to the city on Saturday, and all the major tourist attractions were crowded with holiday makers.

Cars were moving in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Bangalore-Mysore highway. It was a nightmare for the drivers, especially from Paschimavahini near Srirangapatana, to Mysore.

The traffic density on the Bangalore-Mysore highway has increased manifold in recent years, and even the four-lane road has become inadequate.

Parking

The parking lots were full at the zoo, the palace and Chamundi Hills. By evening, the KRS Road leading to Brindavan Gardens was packed with tourist and private vehicles.

A flourishing start

Officials from the Palace Board said the tourism season had begun on a high note. “The weekend, coupled with summer vacation and conclusion of the CET have the tourists rushing in droves to Mysore,” said board deputy director P.V. Awaradhi.

Almost 2.7 million tourists visited Mysore in 2009-10 and the Tourism Department plans to attract 5 million by 2015.

It is not just there is an influx of holiday makers in Mysore.

The city railway station was crowded with passengers moving out of Mysore to other destinations. All trains departing from Mysore had full occupancy, railway officials said.

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