Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: For the first time, a three-day paragliding festival will be conducted in Yelagiri Hills from September 11 to 13 and it is open to all.

The event jointly organised by Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC), Yelagiri Adventure Sports Association (YASA) and Vellore District Administration will also enable people to take part in other adventure sports such as trekking, rock climbing and biking.

Talking to reporters, Tourism Secretary V.Irai Anbu said that these events will be conducted annually to popularise lesser known tourist spots such as Yelagiri Hills and to nurture and promote adventure sports among the youth.

C.Jayakrishnan, Joint Secretary, YASA, said “this is the second time, we are conducting paragliding event in Yelagiri Hills. Last year, only trained pilots were allowed to glide from the hill top. Around 45 pilots made use of the facility and this time the public can have their share of this experience.”

Participants have to trek at least one km to reach the top. Each joyride will last for 15 to 20 minutes and the entry fee is Rs.1,000 per person. There is no age-limit. However, they should not be weak or obese, Mr.Jayakrishnan said.

TTDC has allocated Rs.11 crore for setting up new facilities such as boat house in Nilavur and a travellers bungalow.