Windfall for Idukki tourism spots following flood of tourists during summer hols

A flood of visitors was witnessed at all the tourist spots in the renowned hill station of Munnar, including Rajamala, Lakkam waterfalls and more. Photo: Shutterstock/Curioso.Photography

Thodupuzha: The summer holidays proved to be a bonanza for tourism destinations in Idukki district of Kerala with Munnar reaping the biggest benefits.

A flood of visitors was witnessed at all the tourist spots in the renowned hill station of Munnar, including Rajamala, Lakkam waterfalls, Marayur, Kanthalloor, Flower Garden, Mattupetty, Kundala, Echo Point, Top Station, Vattavada, Pampadum Shola, Old Munnar, Blossom Park, Pothamedu Viewpoint and Attukad waterfalls.

As per official data, 70,535 tourists visited Rajamala, which is under the Forest Department, in April. Till May 29, the number of visitors stood at 89,818. Meanwhile, the number of visitors at Pampadum Shola National Park was 16,560 in March and 28,160 in April.

The Botanical Garden under the District Tourism Promotion Council also attracted a large number of tourists. The count was 28,040 in April, which rose sharply to 1,16,133 in May, when the garden hosted the Munnar Flower Show.

At other spots managed by the District Tourism Promotion Council, there was an increase in tourist arrivals by two lakh in April and May this year, compared to the same period in 2022. These destinations include Ramakkalmedu, Aruvikuzhi, S N Puram, Vagamon, Panchalimedu and Hill View Park. Vagamon alone attracted 1,26,784 visitors in May.

Authorities said that there was a huge increase in the arrival of domestic tourists, especially those from other parts of Kerala, in Idukki this year. A severe summer in the state compelled many people to seek relief in Munnar and other spots in Idukki where temperatures remain low even during the hot season. In fact, the night temperatures were less than 10 degrees Centigrade at Munnar and Vagamon during April and May.

“The National Highway development in Kerala and social media campaigns also attracted many travellers to Idukki,” said a tourism department official.

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