Munnar: With the mercury dipping to sub-zero levels, Munnar is witnessing a steady arrival of tourists who are heading to the world-renowned hill destination to celebrate the New Year. However, there are very few foreign tourists or people from other states. Instead, Keralites form the majority of visitors who are enjoying the picturesque scenery, mist and frost.
The flow of tourists has already filled the rooms in hotels and resorts in the area. Another sign of Munnar returning to its glorious days is the sight of roads chock-a-block with vehicles. As hotels have been unable to meet the demand for rooms, many travellers were forced to spend the night in their vehicles. But, the traffic blocks are bothering many travellers. Vehicles were stuck for a long time from Pallivasal to Mattupetty and Rajamalai Anjam Mile the other day. According to Tourism Department data, around 2.5 lakh people reached Munnar on Christmas Day.
Meanwhile, thick mist and frost in Munnar and surrounding areas are offering an unforgettable experience for visitors. The temperature touched zero degree Celsius on the day after Christmas in Munnar, while it was minus 1-2 degrees at places such as Mattupetty.
Incidentally, the mercury had remained below zero on all days between January 1 and 13 in 2020. Moreover, areas like Silent Valley and Chenduvarai had recorded even minus 4 degrees.