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Mysore sees steady rise in tourist flow

Gauri Satya  |  Chennai/ Mysore 

Offering a number of attractions for tourists coming from across the country and abroad, Mysore has been witnessing a steady increase in the tourist flow.
The year 2006 saw the highest inflow of tourists at all the four major tourist spots in the city. Chamundi Hills topped the list with 12.11 million visitors, which includes the local and the neighbourhood moffusil people, followed by the Palace (2.5 million) Chamarajendra Zoo Gardens (1.9 million) and the Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery (JM Palace) 2.75 lakh.
On the other hand, the 1999 figures for these same four places reveal that the Palace attracted 1.8 million tourists, followed by the Zoo 1.24 million and the Art Gallery 1.86 lakh.
The figures for the Chamundi Hills are however not available for the year. The famous Brindavan Gardens at Krishnarajasagar, 18 kms off Mysore, saw a tourist flow of 7.47 lakh in five months of 1999, while 1.78 million in eight months of 2006.
The lowest number of tourists to make a trip to these spots was in 2002, when 1.41 million tourists visited the Palace, followed by the Zoo (1.18 million) and the Art Gallery (1.97 lakh). KRS attracted 9.82 lakh tourists, though it was closed for tourists for about three months.
A tally of the figures over the last nine years, starting from 1999, reveals that the Chamundi Hills, the Palace, the Brindavan Gardens (KRS) and the Zoo have been star attractions. The least choice of the tourists is the Jaganmohan Palace Art Gallery, though it is also seeing a steady increase in the tourist-flow.
Devotees from all over India throng the Chamundi Hills to worship Mysore's presiding goddess Chamundeswari. For them, the most auspicious months are of the Dasara season, the festival dedicated to the worship of the Goddess, which has a special significance to Mysore. During the Dasara last October, a record 3.01 million people visited the nearly 800 ft. high hills.
While December saw 2.81 million devotees, in September 1 million people offered their prayers in the temple. The new year month of January also attracts a large number of devotees. In January 2007, 1.77 million thronged the hills, to pray for a prosperous new year.
If October saw the highest pilgrim-flow for the previous year, 2006 saw a record crowd of 12.11 million people. Equally impressive is the figure for the last eleven months of 2007 when a total number of 11.32 million people visited the hills. This was against 7.07 million in 2005 and 3.50 million visitors in 2004. Local people and people from neighbouring places contribute significantly to these numbers, apart from visitors from all across the country.
The Palace has been always the cynosure of the tourists. It attracts a large number of foreigners also, all through the year. A record number of 3.11 lakh tourists visited this Indo-saracenic building to see its royal grandeur, in the holiday month of May.
The following month saw 2.10 lakh visitors. This was followed by 2.87 lakh in January last, 2.26 lakh in October, and 2.08 lakh in November.

First Published: Fri, January 11 2008. 00:00 IST
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