Most of the hotels in the region reported good occupancy during the Pongal weekend this year
With thousands of tourists thronging this holiday destination, thanks to the extended weekend, Pongal was celebrated with considerable enthusiasm notwithstanding the abnormally warm weather (by local standards) during the day and the bitter chillness after dusk.
Tourists including a good number of foreigners flocked to scenic spots while the local people made a beeline to various temples.
Speaking to The Hindu , V.Ramsundar, Assistant Director of Horticulture, said that from Friday itself the number of tourists visiting the Government Botanical Garden (GBG) had been steadily rising.
While it was 3,270 on January 11, it had gone up to 6,800 the following day.
On January 13 it was 7,900 and on Pongal day 9,600.
On Tuesday the total number of visitors was about 10,000 according to sources here.
The Secretary, Nilgiri Hotels and Restaurants Association (NHRA), N.Chandra- shekar, said that most of the hotels had reported good occupancy during the Pongal weekend.
At the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) near here many tourists celebrated Elephant Pongal on Tuesday. About 22 camp elephants participated.
A few of them performed puja at the local temple.
A special puja was also performed for Ranga, an abandoned elephant calf which has been ailing for the past few weeks.
The Deputy Director, MTR, A.Ameer Haja, served Pongal to the visitors.
Tourists, including a good number of foreigners flocked to scenic spots Local people made a beeline to various temples in the hill-station
Tourists, including a good number of foreigners flocked to scenic spots
Local people made a beeline to various temples in the hill-station