Mysuru, Oct 6 (GCEntertainment) The world famous Dasara festivities here, entering the eights day today, is gaining momentum, with a large number of tourists, including foreigners, besides the domestic, a beeline to this city of palaces on the eve of the Dasara festivities.
The grand finale of Procession (Jumbo Savari) was scheduled on Oct 8 with lakhs of people expected witness the mega event which will be flagged by the chief minister B S Yeddiyurappa.
The festivities tempo has been picking up of the ten days event, when the crowd from various parts of the country are pouring to the heritage city to witness the various cultural festivities.
Even though the rain which lashed out the city during the last three days, however, the people participation in the festivities was not let down the authorities.
The entire city was with major circles and buildings, parks, street trees and other places were completely glowing with the lights during the night times besides the illumination of the Mysore palace.
The festival had become the star attraction, a fact vouched by the almost cent percent occupancy in the city and around the hotels.
The hospitality industry said the tourists not only from the country but also other countries have also increased. Particularly booking has been full for the grand procession on October 8 and behind with weekend holidays.
The hospitality and tourism sector in Mysuru is in a buoyant mood as this year’s Dasara festival got off to a promising start with higher than average footfall.
The flight operations from Mysuru to Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Bengaluru and Goa under the UDAN scheme have also given an impetus to the tourist inflow, as the incoming passenger traffic has registered a growth during the festival season.
The 10-day festival began on Sep 29 the average occupancy rates across properties had crossed 100 for the last 5 days of the festival from October 4 to 8.
“Most hotels have reported that 90 per cent of their rooms are booked in advance,” said Narayana Gowda, president, Hotel Owners’ Association.
There are 8,500 rooms in Mysuru catering to different categories of tourists.
Mysuru Airport Director R Manjunath said awareness about the regular flights to and from the city has led to an increase in the incoming air passenger traffic, which was not the case earlier.
According to industry analysts, the fortunes of the hospitality sector in Mysuru hinges on a good start during Dasara, which also coincided with the beginning of the peak tourism season.
“This is because the high occupancy rates during Dasara offsets the below average occupancy rates during the off-season,” said K S Nagapati, an expert on tourism and author of a few books on the subject.
The city has been witnessing heavy traffic since last few days and expected more tourists for the grand finale of procession on October 8.
About 40 Lakh people expected to visit to the city during the dasara festivities according to District in-charge minister V Somanna.
The mega cultural programmes held in front of the Mysore palace with famous singers including classical, bhavageethe, dance programmes enthralled crowd yuva dasara at maharaja’s college where famous singers were given performances which received tremendous response with proved to be a crowd puller programmes.
The illuminated palace continues to hold centre stage with its thrust on classical music, dance and cultural programmes. Even the festivities were opened well known writer S L Byrappa Sept 29 atop of the Chamundi hills along with chief minister B S Yediyurappa.
The cultural progammes held across the city, however, the main event in front of palace was attractive with both classical and other progarmmes besides dance programme of famous dancer.
Such musical extravaganza had been a tradition with the Dasara festivities here as the erstwhile rulers utilised the occasion to patronize eminent singers and musicians from across the country,
A few members of the royal family were musicians of high caliber, Chamarajawadiyar was considered an able musician while the court of narasaraja wadiyar as renowned for its veena artistes. Chikka devaraya authored a musical treatise ‘geetagopala’ while krishnaraja ii made sritattvanidhi.
Besides the century old Mysore zoological gardens, the Chamundeswari temple atop of Chamundi hills and other places including Srirangpatna in Mandya district the tourists flow has almost doubled.
The famous Ranganathittu bird sanctuary has received a large number of tourist this year. The major attraction was the golden thrown which has been thrown open for the public from first of this month inside the palace.
The palace visitors has crossed more than 3.5 millions last year and expected to cross this year, according to palace board deputy director Subramanian.
The Bandipur national park, about 80 km from the city also crowded with tourists doubled the number.
The Bandipur officials felt that this year they are expected to earn revenue more than expected following heavy rush and the season was just started until December the park would be in peak.
The attraction for the tourists was the famous Brindavan Gardens at the krishnaraja sagar reservoir, near here. Which had been storing water to the brim since last 100 days.
Connoisseurs of food had a filed day at the food mela, offering delicacies from across the country, including from West Bengal, Punjab, Rajasthan, Kerala, Tamil Naduand and other places. The attraction is flower show with visitors anxious to watch the replica of power house Vidhna Soudha, the State Secretariat.
Taking tourists down the memory lane was the ‘Shahapasad’ tonga rides to heritage buildings in the city. The age old Tongas of the city have been spruced up for the purpose by providing traditional uniforms to the Tonga wallas.
On the other hand, the organizers also conducted number of sporting events like wrestling competitions in which more than 1000 wrestlers from across the state and also from other parts of the country took part. More than 5000 sports persons are taking part in the three day sports meet which would give glimpse to the sports lovers to watch the both traditional and other events.
With a view to take care of the tourists travelling woes, the tourist and KSRTC had introduced a number of special packages to various tourist spots in and around the city.The crowd slowly picking up at the famous Dasara exhibition which will be in full strength in a another few days and it will also go up to three months period.
Egged on by the overwhelming response to the ‘nadahabba’ (state festival) showcasing the entire event to give a fillip to tourism, the stated government had decided to take it to international standards.
The KSRTC and railway have made special arrangements to bring the crowd to the city and return with additional buses and trains during the next one week time. The inflow of tourists was expected to surge on the final day of the festival on Oct 8 when the famous Dasara processsion (Jumbo Savari) would be taken out .it would live telecast by the doordarshan