The three-day annual summer festival to promote tourism at Valparai got off to a colourful start on Friday despite heavy rain. Hundreds of tourists visited the flower show and cultural events braving the rain.
Addressing the inaugural function, deputy speaker Pollachi V Jayaraman said tourist potential of this hill station has not been tapped fully and
the government is taking sustained efforts to place Valparai on the same platform with other hill stations like Ooty, Coonoor and Kodaikanal. He also promised steps on the part of the state government in ensuring better infrastructure to Valparai residents to attract more tourists.
District collector M Karunagaran said many projects are on the implementation level in Valparai and they include a boat house. According to him, Valparai is unique because it is one of the least explored hill stations. "Far from pollution, it is a perfect tourist destination. Local people had demanded that the summer festival should be held on a bigger scale on par with Ooty summer fest. Tourism development in Valparai would bring great change in the lives of the local people, improve their livelihood to a great extent," said the collector.
Flower show, dog show, food festival, exhibitions, sports competitions and cultural events will be held as part of the summer festival on Saturday and Sunday. Special buses from Coimbatore and Pollachi to Valparai are being operated during the summer festival. The journey to Valparai through the ghat section which has more than 40 hairpin bends with tea plantations on either side provides a breathtaking experience for the travellers.
Source : Times of India