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Alternate ghat road being laid to reach Yercaud

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Presently, tourists had to reach Yercaud through Salem city

Joy ride:Tourists participating in a boat race held at 36th Summer festival in Yercaud Lake on Saturday in Salem. —Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan
Joy ride:Tourists participating in a boat race held at 36th Summer festival in Yercaud Lake on Saturday in Salem. —Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan

An alternative ghat road for those tourists who come from neighbouring states like Karnataka and skipping Salem city is being laid, said Collector J Chandrakumar.

Inaugurating the Yercaud Summer Festival on Friday, the Collector said that many tourists were coming to the hill station from Karnataka and Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu. They had to reach Yercaud through Salem city.

Hence, to make them reach the hill station without much hassle of city traffic, an alternate road was laid. The Yercaud festival, which would conclude on Sunday, showcased a flower show with 15,000 flowers of 61 varieties.

The men who designed this show were brought from Bangalore and the flowers were brought from Udhagamandalam, Bangalore and Kodaikanal. Hundred varieties of flowers in different colours had been neatly arranged in 10,000 flower pots.

Besides, many vegetable carvings also attracted the tourists. The entrance of flower show venue was decorated with fruits of different varieties. Over 50,000 tourists visited the flower show last year and Rs. 4.52 lakh was collected as entry fees.

The works on Botanical Garden also was in full swing for which 40 acres had been acquired.

A sum of Rs. 11.26 crore had been sanctioned for the same. Kurinji Park also was coming at the hill station at a cost of Rs 8.56 lakh. “These two parks will further enhance the tourists' arrival to the hill station,” Mr. Chandrakumar said. K Varadarajan PO, DRDA, and other senior officials took part.

A dog show and boat race also were organised as a part of the three day festival.


  • The work on Botanical Garden is also in full swing

  • Rs. 11. 26 crore has been sanctioned for the same


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