Record-Breaking May for Munnar: Over 1 Lakh Tourists Visit the Town

Munnar experienced a significant surge in tourist numbers in May, with more than 100,000 visitors flocking to the picturesque town. The holiday season, which had a slow start, saw a remarkable uptick in mid-April after the elections in Kerala and Tamil Nadu concluded. The introduction of e-pass systems at tourist spots in Tamil Nadu also contributed to the increase in visitors to Munnar.

Popular destinations such as Munnar, Mattupetty, Kundala, and Eravikulam reported notable increases in footfall. The Government Botanical Garden in Munnar recorded approximately 100,200 visitors in May, up from less than 70,000 the previous year.

Eravikulam National Park, renowned for its Nilgiri Tahr habitat, saw a record-breaking 105,000 visitors in May, surpassing the previous record of 83,000 visitors during the Neelakurinji season in August 2006. Although the park typically allows 2,880 visitors daily, this number was increased to accommodate the overwhelming flow of tourists.

Additionally, around 50,000 people visited the Lakkom Waterfalls on the Munnar-Marayoor route. Tourist spots such as Hydel Park, Mattupetty, and Kundala Boating Point experienced high demand, with visitors often waiting for hours to enjoy boating activities.

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