The spirits of tourists visiting Brindavan Gardens and Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, well-known tourist hubs in the district, have been dampened as the authorities concerned temporarily suspended boating operations from July 13.
While the boating rides at Brindavan Gardens were suspended because of the replacement of corroded sluice gates of Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) reservoir, boat rides at Ranganathittu were temporarily cancelled owing to copious flow in the Cauvery River.
However, visitors are allowed into the bird sanctuary and to Brindavan Gardens. The Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) is operating boat rides at Brindavan Gardens, and the Forest Department is offering the same services to tourists at the bird sanctuary.
These tourist destinations, both at the downstream of the reservoir, attract at least four lakh visitors every month. Among them, around 10 per cent are foreign nationals.
The KSTDC has six boats at Brindavan Gardens and the Forest Department has 10 top-covered boats for rides at the bird sanctuary.
The tourists demand boat rides at the bird sanctuary to watch the exotic birds from close quarters. Likewise, fun boat rides are one of the major attractions at Brindavan Gardens.
The boats at Brindavan Gardens used to attract as many as 1,500 tourists of all ages everyday. As well, at least 800 visitors used to enjoy the boat rides at the bird sanctuary each day. The KSTDC had to temporarily suspend boating rides at Brindavan Gardens on July 13 with the Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Ltd. (CNNL) stopping the discharge of water to the boating tank from the reservoir.
According to authorities, the boating facilities at Brindavan Gardens may resume after July 25. But, it would resume at Ranganathittu bird sanctuary only after the water flow recedes.