Monday 14 January 2019 3:09 AM UTC
MUNNAR Jan 14: Munnar in Kerala, which has been experiencing unforeseen dips to subzero temperatures, continues to experience the cold wave.
In other parts too, the weather has been steadily cold. “On Friday zero degrees Celsius was recorded in Munnar town, Old Munnar, Kannimala, Nallathanni and Mattuppetty areas,” said an official from United Planters Association of South India (UPASI), the apex body of planters of tea, coffee, rubber, cardamom and pepper in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka since 1893.
However, tourism in Munnar is booming, and getting back on track. On Tuesday and Wednesday, there was a heavy tourist rush was in areas like Mattuppetty, Chenduvara, Chittuvara, Silent Valley, Periyavara, Kannimala and Munnar town which were blanketed by frost.
In Munnar itself, footfall of 8,000 to 10,000 tourists is being recorded per day, Munnar Hotel and Restaurant Association President VV George told TNM.
George added that due to the heavy rush, most of the hotels are running at full occupancy. “Earlier, we suspected that the nationwide strike might affect the tourist inflow in Munnar.
But the cold wave seems to have ensured that did not happen.” And it appears that it’s mostly Indians and Malayalees who are flocking to witness the snow and frost, said Anish P Varghese, who runs Red Sparrows Resort in Munnar.
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