Mysuru: Heritage city, Mysuru is flooded with tourists for its New Year eve celebrations with its hotels reporting 100 per cent occupancy from December 22.
Ninety five per cent of the hotel rooms are also booked till January 4.
With the Winter Festival providing the icing on the cake, the city is seeing a 10 per cent rise in tourists visiting it, according to the Mysuru hotel owners’ association head, Narayangowda.
At least 55 per cent of the tourists are from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra and five per cent are foreigners, he reveals. The three- day cake festival held as part of the Winter Festival, which began on Wednesday, is drawing huge crowds with models of a 5.5ft long bridge and a cake resembling the late actor Ambareesh proving major attractions.
The, four- day Open Movie Festival , which began on Wednesday too, is also drawing crowds.
The Mysuru zoo, which usally receives 5,000 visitors on week days and over 10,000 at the weekends and on general holidays, notched up 20,488 tourists on Saturday, 30,353 on Sunday, 30,394 on Monday, 23,200 on Tuesday and 27,700 on Wednesday according to its executive director, Ajit Kulkarni....