During summer, domestic tourists opt for places in the high ranges and Munnar is their first choice
KATTAPPANA: With mercury rising, one location in the district has turned into the favourite haunt of tourists. Though domestic tourists thronged Munnar before and during the Vishu holidays, the official figures point out that there has been a 10-15 per cent fall in the number of tourists visiting the place this month. Usually, domestic tourist arrival in Munnar peaks during April-May.
“The fall is not because of the global financial slowdown, but due to the elections,” District Tourism Promotion Council secretary M. Rajesh told The Hindu on Thursday.
The number of tourists who went for boat riding in the Mattupetty dam also showed a decline of nearly 10 per cent. But this trend may change in the coming days, he said.
During summer, domestic tourists opt for places in the high ranges and Munnar is their first choice. With the beginning of the summer vacations, there has been a steady rise in the inflow of tourists to Munnar. The ban on the entry of tourists to Rajamala was lifted this month after the breeding season of the Nilgiri tahr. This has also boosted tourist arrival to Munnar. However, Thekkady witnessed a fall in the number of tourists during the period.
Munnar has been witnessing a steady rise in the inflow of tourists for the past couple of years. “Foreign tourists visit the place even during extreme winter. But, domestic tourists, especially those from South India, prefer to visit Munnar during summer.”
Foreign tourists prefer to revisit the place, especially during December-January, when the climate is cool, said A. Navas, manager of a tourism operating company in Munnar.
A number of homestay facilities and hotels have come up in Munnar recently, he said.