People flock to scenic spots like Botanical Garden

A spurt in the inflow of visitors since Wednesday has provided something to cheer about on the tourism front in this hill station.

Notwithstanding a continuously overcast sky, intermittent drizzles and bitter chillness tourists flocked to scenic spots like the Government Botanical Garden, the Ooty Lake, and Doddabetta peak. The town was also teeming with tourists.

Attributing the increase in the inflow to the extended weekend on account of Ramzan, sources in the hospitality and travel sectors told The Hindu here on Saturday that it has set the tone for the second season in this holiday destination.

With the Onam holidays round the corner and the Puja season to follow those dependent on the tourism industry for a livelihood are looking forward to doing good business.

Some of the tourists from Chennai said that they were enjoying their stay here despite the chill and hoped that the hill station would get its quota of rainfall.

Adverting to the 2012 South West monsoon playing truant they said “if the weather pattern in the Nilgiris changes not only the people here but we in the plains also will suffer.”

The closure of the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve near here is regrettable but also understandable as tourism in wildlife sanctuaries should not be promoted without proper safeguards.

Assistant Director of Horticulture V. Ramsundar said that there was a sharp increase in the inflow of tourists to the botanical garden on Independence day. About 6,800 tourists had visited the garden.

Subsequently there was a fall and it has picked up again. The weather which was unusually dry for long has been garden friendly for the last few days.

As a result all the flowers in the garden will are expected to be in full bloom by the middle of September.

Increase attributed to extended weekend owing to Ramzan holiday