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Friday, 10 August, 2018, 13 : 15 PM [IST]

Kerala govt asks tourists to avoid Idukki district from travel itinerary

In light of the grave flooding and landslips reported from many hilly areas of the state, the Kerala government has asked tourists to avoid visiting Thekkady, Munnar, etc. in Idukki district. Kerala Tourism Minister, Kadakampally Surendran in his Facebook post has alerted tourists and asked them to avoid travelling to these spots. The incessant rains and opening of major dams in the state have only worsened the situation.

Around 33 tourists are reported to have stuck at Plum Judy Resort near Munnar due to landslip. The Minister has said that arrangements to evacuate them with the help of military personnel are in progress.

The tourism industry is worried about the fall out of the worsening weather conditions in the state towards the festive season. A lot of tourists are expected to visit the state to watch the blossoming of Nilakurunji, a phenomenon that happens rarely in Munnar.

The state govt has also postponed the annual Snake Boat race at Alleppey scheduled on Aug 11 because of inclement weather and flood conditions.

Yesterday, the Kochi international airport was closed for few hours due to water logging, and situation is being monitored regularly as the water level at Periyar River is above the danger mark.

"Yes, we are now changing itineraries of guests. Instead of Munnar and Thekkady we are taking them to Kumarakom, Alleppey and Thiruvananthapuram, and flying them out from the capital city. We hope the situation to improve in next one week," said Anish Kumar, President, Association of Tourism Trade Organisations, India (ATTOI)
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