A large number of tourists witnessed the annual boat race organised by the Nilgiris district summer festival committee at the Ooty Lake on Tuesday.
Despite the event being conducted on a week day owing to the summer festival being delayed on account of the Assembly elections the response was good.
Participating enthusiastically, some of the tourists said that such activities made their visit to the Blue Mountains worthwhile.
Pointing out that memories of such programmes will linger long, they said that only in places like Ooty can tourists witness such events amidst sylvan surroundings. Adverting to the condition of the lake water, they said that it should kept pollution free.
The boat race was flagged off by District Revenue Officer S.Kuppusamy. He said that the annual boat pageant will be held at the Ooty Lake between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
Among those present were the Judge, Supreme Court, Mr.Justice H.L.Dattu, the Judge, Madras High Court, Mr. Justice Elipe Dharma Rao and the District and Sessions Judge R.Premkumar.
Men's Doubles:1.Sundar and Chiranjeevi (Coimbatore); 2.Shiva and Selvam (Chennai); 3.Santosh and Pachaiappan (Dharmapuri).
1.Saravakumar and Kalpana (Bangalore); 2.Nithin and Sarah (New Delhi); 3.Arumugham and Rekha (Coimbatore)
Women's Doubles:1.Sujatha and Suguna(Pattukottai); 2.Thenmozhi and Geetha (Ooty); 3.Divya and Sarah (New Delhi).