Mysuru: Following continuous holidays, Mysuru and neighbouring District Kodagu has been witnessing a huge tourist flow with prominent destinations in both tourism districts brimming with tourists.
Following Covid lockdown during last two years, the tourism industry is slowly limping back to normalcy. After Dasara the tourism places are getting good number of tourists. This week which had two-day Government holidays for Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Jayanthi on Thursday April 14 and Good Friday on Friday April 15 which follows with the weekend, the tourists are using the opportunity to explore the tourist destinations in both the districts.
Hundreds of tourists from various parts of the State and other states are seen thronging Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hill and several other tourist spots including Brindavan Gardens at KRS in Mandya.
Besides, Mysuru and surroundings is known for religious tourism with the famous Nanjangudu Srikanteshwara Swamy Temple attracting a large number of tourists. It is also known as ‘Dakshina Kashi’ (Kashi Of South).
After Covid – 19 pandemic-induced lockdowns in the last two years, that hit the tourism and hospitality industry hard, the rooms at home stays, hotels and lodges in the Mysuru and Kodagu are booked 100 per cent, while the booking is 80 per cent at the lodges and hotels in the outskirts.
Hotel Owners’ Association, Mysuru, President K. Narayan Gowda said, “we are happy to see Mysuru full of tourists due to back to back holidays and weekend. This kind of crowd was last seen in December 2020. Cent per cent of rooms are booked for three days in a stretch at hotels and lodges.”
There was a heavy rush at Raja Seat in Madikeri since Thursday April 14. The visitors were seen capturing the beauty of nature in their mobile phones. The footfall was high at Omkareshwara Temple, Old Fort and Abbey Falls in the District.
The visitors to Abbey falls had a harrowing time in passing through the narrow road leading to falls. At the same time, they were disappointed to see very little water in the waterfalls. A large number of tourists visited Bhagamandala, Talacauvery, Tadiyandamol, Dubare and Nisargadhama as well.
With the increase in vehicles on the road, Madikeri town witnessed traffic congestion for sometime. The Kodagu District has over 3,000 homestays and majority of them have been booked during this weekend.
According to Tourism Department sources nearly 1.6 million tourists visit Heritage City while 1.2 million tourists visit tourism
district Kodagu annually. The hoteliers and home stay owners expressed happiness as they are beginning to get normal business like before.