Covid spike hits footfalls at East Coast Road tourist spots

Covid spike hits footfalls at East Coast Road tourist spots

Footfalls at tourist spots along East Coast Road including at the world heritage monuments in Mamallapuram have dropped after the recent spike in Covid-19 cases.The number of tourists including from the city and the rest of TN as well as from neighbouring states has dropped by 40% compared with the figures in the last week of March. While the footfalls fell from nearly 1,000 a day to 600 a day during weekdays, it fell from 4,500-6,000 on weekends in February to 2,800-3,000 now. The boathouse at Muutukadu, maintained by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC), has also reported a substantial drop in visitors.N Yuvaraj, a Tamil Nadu Tourism-licensed guide at Mamallapuram, said tourists from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana had become fewer over the past fortnight. “The number of cars registered in the three states began thronging Mamallapuram after the monuments were reopened in December last year. Now, we hardly see any outstation vehicles, even as the number of vehicles from Tamil Nadu has reduced considerably,” he said. Tourist guides were hit due to the development, he added.The boathouse …
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