Intermittent rains and pleasant weather since morning have drawn people from in and around Ooty to the 119th annual flower show, now underway at the Botanical Garden.

“The mood is jubilant and being a weekend we expect more tourists during the second half of the day. Though heavy rains in the plains this morning seemed to have played spoilsport, the sky has cleared now and people will start coming in,” the Joint Director of Horticulture – Mani told BusinessLine from the flower show venue.

Around 21,000 tourists are said to have visited the show on the inaugural day (Friday, May 15) and the number, official sources say, could double today.

Officials had estimated that around 1.5 lakh tourists would visit the fair between May 15 and 17.

A good number of the visitors are said to be from Kerala, apart from the neighbouring districts such as Coimbatore, Erode, Salem, and Tirupur.

The organisers have arranged adequate number of ticket counters so that visitors can buy their tickets with ease. Tickets are priced at Rs 30 for adults and Rs 15 for children.

The highlight of this year’s event is the cut-flower arrangement, flower arches, national flowers of 106 countries, and around 2,000 tulips on display.

“We had, during the event held last year, displayed 500 tulips, but a four-fold increase in the number of tulips is happening for the first time this year. In fact, we displayed some tulips at an event in Codissia last November, which kindled the interest of onlookers,” Mani told this correspondent.