Ambalavayal (Wayanad): For the first time after the devastating floods, tourist places here in the district has been witnessing high footfall. Many a tourists arrived here to celebrate the Christmas vacation. Compared to previous years, the number of visitors was less, but it was the highest number after the deluge.
As the roadways and tourist spots were destroyed in the heavy rains, there were rumours that Wayanad is no more a good place to visit. This was a major setback for the hotel and resort industry.
In order to attract the tourists, the tourism department had organised campaign rallies with the help of various organisations. As a result, people from neighbouring states started coming to Wayanad.
Entry tickets were sold out very early in Muthanga, Tholpetty, Edakkal caves and Chembra peak where number of visitors is restricted. Only 60 jeeps are allowed in Muthanga and Tholpetty wildlife sanctuaries every day.
For the past four days, they were fully booked within the first few hours. Chembra peak allows only 200 visitors per day, but its tickets were sold out by 6.30 am the other day.
Tourist guide Solomon said that though the number of visitors is low compared to previous years, the sudden increase last week gives hope. Tourist Guide Association district secretary Subair Ilakluam said that tourists from Australia, Britain and Italy also arrive here and is expected to continue in the coming months.