"Visitors turn out in large numbers during festival days"
Ramanathapuram: The Ariyaman beach, a neat location on the side of Palk Bay, has turned out to be a much sought after picnic destination not only for the entertainment-starved people of Ramanathapuram district, but also among the people of nearby districts.
Though the district has been blessed with a few good beaches, including the one at Sangumal and another at Muhunthrayarchathiram, it is Ariyaman beach, which attracts huge crowd of locals (Ramnadirians) on a daily basis, particularly on holidays and during festivals.
Adding to the beauty of the Ariyaman beach, which is situated nearly 27 km from here, is the calm waters of Palk Bay. The gentle waves with a steady breeze fascinate picnic mongers. The beach, which measures nearly 150 meters wide, extends to a stretch of about two kilometres and boasts a good environment for the tourists to enjoy the nature.
The existing casuarina plantation also adds to its glamour.Sensing the tourist patronage, a private entrepreneur has come up with a children's park, a watchtower, an artificial thundershower, a swimming pool, boating facility, a water scooter, wind surfing and other facilities. Though these value added facilities are yet get complete shape, as works are underway, they also prove to be a sure draw among the visitors.
According to a rough estimate of the Tourism Department, the Ariyaman beach is visited by nearly 5000 people, most of them locals, during weekends and public holidays and 500 on weekdays.
The beach received a huge crowd on New Year Day, Christmas Day and Bakrid festival.
The tourist arrival was heavy during 'Kaanum Pongal' this Monday. People of all age groupspooled together on the shoreline of Ariyaman and exchanged pleasantries with each other. Small time hawkers have also started utilising the crowd turnout by making a good sale of eatables.
Lack of basic amenities
However, tourists feel that there was no arrangement at the beach for the tourists to attend nature's call.
"It is a Marina beach for us. But the Tourism Department and local administrators left the tourists on lurch with no basic facility. Tourists particularly women and children find difficult to enjoy the nature in the absence of basic amenities," says R. Subramanian of Ramanathapuram.
The Tourism Officer, T. Gunasekaran told The Hindu that Rs.5 crore has been sought from the Government to create basic facilities and for provision of additional facilities at Seeniyappa Dhurga, Rameswaram, Uthirakosamangai and Thiruppullani. Hence, the demands of the tourists would be met soon.