A drive along the Napier's bridge might become interesting, at least till the summer gets over. A fibre model of snow-capped mountains at the entrance of Island Grounds would give as much respite to the eyes as the model of Taj Mahal, reflected on the Cooum.

‘Kodai Tiruvizha,' which gets under way on Friday, is pulling inquisitive visitors who pass by Island Grounds. Organised by the Department of Tourism, the fest will be a confluence of food and fun.

From picturesque settings to exciting water sports, the fest promises a host of entertainment options. An artificial waterfall ‘Ayyan Aruvi' is tucked inside the place, where visitors can take a shower at the cost of Rs.150 and children at Rs.100. Oil massages are also on offer.

Food will be a key attraction at the fest, which promises a medley of cuisines at affordable rates. A total of 15 stalls have been allotted for hotels and other eateries, providing space for 20,000 people to enjoy the fare at the same time. The department has also sourced in people to whip up traditional food of the State.

Water games apart, children can look forward to mammoth dolls and colourful balloons peppered all over the 21 acres of land. Cultural shows will also be part of the fest, said the Tourism Secretary V.Irai Anbu, addressing the mediapersons here on Thursday.

Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi will inaugurate the fest. Entry fee for adults is Rs.20 and kids, Rs. 10.

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