The rising Covid cases had put a temporary ban on travel to many places. After the Tamil Nadu state government had announced relaxations related to COVID travel restrictions, they had removed the requirement of e-pass, which were required for purposes like travel in 11 specific districts. But now with the growing Covid cases in the state and the fact that two days ago, Nilgiris recorded the highest positivity rate at 4.9 per cent, they have made e-pass mandatory for those travelling to the Nilgiris from Kerala and Karnataka.
According to the Nilgiris collector J Innocent Divya, the tourists also need to carry an RTPCR negative test as well.
Having said that it has not deterred the travellers from making a beeline to Ooty and Nilgiris. It was only recently that travellers were allowed to Nilgiris. But when the tourists started expanding, they were forced to bring in these latest set of rules to contain them.
Nilgiri is the name given to a range of mountains spread across the borders among the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Kerala. The Nilgiri Hills are part of a larger mountain chain known as the Western Ghats.
Nilgiris is known for its eucalyptus oil and tea, and also produces bauxite. Some tourists are attracted to study the lifestyles of the various tribes living here or to visit the tea and vegetable plantations. Meanwhile, the Nilgiris district administration has launched measures to tackle the anticipated third COVID-19 wave.