Published on : Saturday, December 16, 2017
Tourism industry in Mysuru and Kodagu is expecting a surge in tourist footfall, which would be due to Kannur International Airport, a greenfield airport in Kerala, about to be inaugurated for flight operations shortly.
The airport will open a new gateway for tourism development, since Kodagu is closer to Kannur and would improve connectivity between the two states, thereby boosting tourism.
Many tour and travel operators say that some section of tourists wishing to visit Mysuru and Madikeri may opt to travel via Kannur airport instead of Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport and the itinerary will alter once the airport becomes operational.
Mysuru Travels Association (MTA) has been invited by the authorities for a tour of the greenfield airport.
MTA president B.S. Prashanth said tour and travel operators from Mysuru will soon be visiting Kannur to take a look at the facilities at the airport.
“Mysuru is the transit route to Madikeri. Once the airport becomes operational, Kodagu may become the new transit zone to Mysuru if tourists prefer flying to Kannur instead of Bengaluru when they plan their vacation to the ‘Land of coffee’. Tourism is booming in Kodagu with scores of homestays and popular hill resorts to unwind,” the president said.
The new airport will also facilitate tourists planning to visit Wayanad and Ooty. The road connectivity from Kannur is good and this would further push tourist arrivals to Kodagu. Kannur is around 70 km from Virajpet in Kodagu while the distance from Mysuru is around 120 km.
People flying to Kannur don’t have to bother about traffic to reach their destinations – Madikeri or Mysuru – unlike from Bengaluru. Reaching the city from Kempegowda International Airport at Devanahalli near Bengaluru and thereafter to Mysuru under bumper-to-bumper traffic on the busy National Highway is a challenge for tourists, who fly into the State capital. The stakeholders are of the opinion, “If you provide good and hassle-free connectivity, people will definitely patronise. The traffic doubles in weekends with the travelling time stretching up to four hours between Bengaluru and Mysuru. Barring the ghat section, the drive is smooth between Mysuru and Kannur.”
Homestays and luxury resorts in the ‘Land of Coffee’ – Kodagu are abundant and this has made it one of the busiest hill stations in south India. Kodagu has over 35,000 rooms – at homestays, hotels, and resorts. The number has increased only in recent years.