Koraput, April 19 (LocalWire): The picturesque Koraput hill station in southern Odisha has witnessed a spike in tourist footfall this season despite the ongoing elections in the state.
Around 30,000 tourists, including foreign travellers had visited Koraput in March this year, which was 16 per cent more than the number of footfalls recorded during the same period in the previous year.
“We thought tourists would skip Koraput during the election time due to security reasons, but it didn’t happen.
Tourists in large number have arrived in Koraput, which is very encouraging,” said Budhadev Budula, a statistical assistant at the district tourism office.
Visitors have come in large numbers to this summer holiday destination despite having to go through the hassle of frequent security checks and prohibitory measures clamped in the state for the elections.
Koraput went to polls in the first phase on April 11.
Koraput is one of the most beautiful places in the state with dense forests, mountains, waterfalls and a wide variety of flora and fauna. It is a major tourist destination in eastern India.
Some of the tourist attractions include the Duduma waterfall at Machkund, the Onkadeli weekly market, Rani Duduma, Odisha’s highest peak Deomali hill, Gupteswar and Sabara Srikhetra.
Currently, the district administration upgrading the infrastructure around Deomali, Duduma and Rani Duduma waterfalls at Nandapur, Budula said.
At least Rs 50 lakh was sanctioned for each of the projects to construct pathways, benches and steps leading to the waterfalls, he added.