Published on : Monday, April 19, 2021
Tourism to the Nilgiris has declined by almost 70% since January this year, in the wake of a surge in COVID-19 cases across the country.
As per data available about visitors to the popular tourist locations in the district, like the Horticulture Farm in Kallar, the Kattery Park, Doddabetta Tea Park, Government Botanical Garden, the Rose Garden, Sims Park and the Arboretum, the average number of visitors during the weekends has dropped to just around 2,000 visitors. It stood at around 15,000 visitors before the increase in cases.
Of the 2,000 visitors visiting the Nilgiris each day, it is estimated that at least a quarter of them are day-trippers from neighboring districts.
“There was an initial reduction in the number of visitors following an announcement in restrictions by the district administration in February, when the average number of visitors reduced by around 50 %. However, the recent surge in cases has put off many more from travelling to the Nilgiris, with less than 2,000 people visiting the Government Botanical Garden, the biggest tourist attraction in the Nilgiris, since Monday,” said a tourism department official.