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The Hills of Kodaikanal are now open for tourists; e-passes required

Other tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu will be reopened in a phased manner.

KodaiKanal in Tamil Nadu (image source: Wikimedia Commons)

The state government of Tamil Nadu has relaxed restrictions on tourism after announcing that the Kodaikanal Hills will be reopened for tourists. All tourists are required to acquire an online ‘E-Pass’ before traveling to Kodaikanal.

Since the beginning of the lockdown, Kodaikanal has been closed for tourism. After the announcement, the hills are expected to receive hundreds of tourists from India. It is expected that the region will start to bring in revenue steadily with the increasing number of incoming tourists.

Also, as per the guidelines issued under the initiative of ‘Unlock 4.0’, all inter-state buses and trains have already started operating from 7th September. The tourism administration also decided to open key tourism sites such as Bryant Park, Rose Garden, and Chettiar Park.

The other popular tourist destinations such as Berijam Lake and Green Valley View are scheduled to open in the upcoming weeks. All these sites will be opened in a phased manner.

Many states throughout India has canceled the requirement for an E-Pass to enter the borders. However, some places have still decided to continue the application of this rule to detect the spread of COVID-19. Places such as Ooty, Yercaud, and Nilgiris will require mandatory registration for the E-Pass.

All tourist sites have also implemented strict safety protocols. Wearing of Masks, Social distancing measures and regular sanitization of facilities will be done. Also, no food and water from outside the site premises will be allowed.

The following YouTube video from the channel called ‘Hopping Bug’ shows the most popular tourist destinations in the state of Tamil Nadu.

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