Travel plans of Mysureans and Bengalureans during this long weekend go for a toss
If you are planning for a weekend trip to Kodagu now, you may have to exercise caution as Red Alert has been declared in the hilly district following heavy rains and landslides. The plans of Mysureans and Bengalureans to visit Kodagu this long weekend starting today (Varamahalakshmi, Second Saturday, Sunday and Bakrid holiday on Monday) have been hit. Similarly, next week, Thursday is Independence Day, and opens the possibility of another long weekend.
While tourists say rain has sent their travel plans for a toss, the ground situation in Kodagu is really bad as rain is showing no sign of relenting. It has been five days since it is raining heavily in South Kodagu, forcing the District Administration to ship boats to rescue families stranded amidst water and coffee estates. Virajpet Taluk is the worst affected with several crucial roads cutting off.
Traffic between Virajpet, Gonikoppal, Ponnampet, Balele, Kutta, Madikeri, Murnad, Napoklu, Birunani, Srimangala, Badagarakeri and Nalkeri has been blocked as roads are submerged under 6 feet deep water. Along with Kodagu, even Mysuru district is bearing the brunt of monsoon mayhem as several roads are blocked with more than 1,25,000 cusecs of water being released from Kabini and Taraka Reservoirs.
Nanjangud Road (Bengaluru-Nilgiri Road) leading to Ooty has been blocked and traffic has been stranded. In this special feature, we bring you scenes from Kodagu and Mysuru in a set of fresh photos. —Ed