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Heavy tourist flow in Nilgiris, TN after opening up since Covid -19

Chennai, May 3 (BPNS)

The tourist flow in the hill tourist destination of Tamil Nadu, Nilgiris has increased manifold after the opening up of the tourism destinations in the state, post-Covid -19.

The Government Botanical Garden (GBG), Ooty received a record number of tourists, and horticulture department officials of  Tamil Nadu told BPNS that around 20,975 tourists visited the botanical garden.

According to tour operators, resort owners, and cab operators, the tourist inflow after the popular tourist destination of Tamil Nadu was opened since Covid -19 was a welcome sign and the revenue of the local people also has increased since the shutting down.

Selvaraj. K.S., a resort owner at Wellington, Ooty while speaking to BPNS said, “This is a welcome sign and those who work in the tourism sector are having a jolly good time. It may be remembered that this was after two years of extreme pain and poverty that the market has opened up and the flow of tourists has increased in Ooty and Nilgiris.”

He said that there are several foreign tourists also with the majority from the European countries. Selvaraj also said that local tourists from North Indian states and even from neighbouring Kerala are on the rise.

While the Government Botanical Garden (GBG) had a visitor count of 20,975 tourists in the last ten days, Government Rose Garden has a footfall of 10274 tourists in the same period.

N. Sadik Ali of Wildlife Nature Conservation Trust (WNCT) who runs the Ooty Coffe House while speaking to BPNS said, “ The number of tourists has increased and this is a good sign for the hospitality sector and all other tourism-related sectors of Nilgiris and Ooty. We have faced a lot of hardships during the Covid -19 period.”

The tourist flow will increase in the coming days after the CBSE and ICSE board exams which are taking place now gets concluded by the end of May.

With the increase in tourists to Nilgiris, the tourism industry is slowly but surely regaining its past glory after the two tough years of Covid -19 pandemic.