Nilgiris reopen for tourists after staying closed for eight months


Nilgiris reopen for tourists after staying closed for eight months

After a break of eight months, the tourist places in Nilgiris reopened for visitors on Monday, December 7. Nilgiris is a mountain range spread across the borders of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Nilgiris district collector, J. Innocent Divya, told the press last weekend that tourist sites run by the Tourism Department as well as the Eco-Development Committees (EDCs), governed by the Forest Department and local communities, will resume their activities from Monday in line with the directions of the State government.

Meanwhile, the botanical and recreational spaces operated by the Horticulture Department, like the Sims Park, Government Botanical Garden, Rose Garden and Kattery Park, were opened in November 2021. Whereas popular places like the Ooty Lake, Boat House, Ninth Mile, Pykara Lake, Doddabetta Peak and Kodanad View Point have stayed shut since March 2020.

Nilgiris reopen for tourists after staying closed for eight months

Reportedly, Northey Kuttan, President of the Pagalkodu Mund EDC, told leading news daily that all the preparations have been done to ensure public safety at tourist sites. Hand-sanitisers, gloves and masks have been given to all the staff working in the EDC. Also, ticket stalls and sitting areas will also be sanitised every two hours.

News also has it that microphone and speaker systems have been set up to make people aware about maintain social distancing during their visit and also to wear masks or face covers.

The daily also reported the boatmen at the Boathouse as saying that they have repaired their boats and completed other maintenance works as they have not been used since March. It is also time for the shopkeepers around the area to reopen their shop shutters as quite a lot of them had kept their businesses closed since many months.

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