Flower show, summer festival begin at Bryant Park

A special park for butterfly, natural museum and sanctuary for Kurinji flowers will be set up on the hill station to attract not only tourists but also researchers and scholars within and outside the country, said Collector M. Vallalar.

He was inaugurating a two-day flower show and 10-day summer festival at Bryant Park near here on Saturday.

The district administration had sent proposals to the tune of Rs.6 crore to the government for development of infrastructure and creation of more facilities for the convenience of tourists.

A twin floor building will be constructed for the setting up of a natural museum near Coaker's Walk. A sanctuary for Kurinji flowers, that blooms once in 12 years, will be created on the slope near the Walk, he added.

A natural museum on the history and flora and fauna of the hills was also proposed. The museum will have rare exhibits and provide all details about creation of Kodaikanal, life and culture of tribal people and all other historical details. Besides, an aquarium with all varieties of fish will also be set up.

Battery-driven cars

To protect environment and ecology, eco-friendly battery-operated cars will be introduced. This facility will help aged tourists to travel around the lake. At present, horse was only mode of transport around the lake.

Tourists will also get an opportunity to travel in a horse-driven chariot in the next season. Moreover, a horse carriage that can accommodate six to eight persons will also be introduced. The district administration will also introduce environment-friendly train services to entertain tourists. More toilet facilities will be created at all tourists spots to keep the surroundings clean and tidy, he said.

Treetop huts will be established at nearby villages and on Lower Kodaikanal Hills like Thandigudi with the help of forest officials and new trekking routes will be introduced. A spacious car parking bay will be set up in 10 acres.

He appealed to tourists not to throw plastic bags and bottles in public places as it would spoil the environment.

Glass house was renovated and new plants were grown.

Palani MLA K.S.N. Venugopalu said that the state government would create all facilities and develop infrastructure in Kodaikanal. Top priority will be given for welfare of tribal people.

Later, the Collector distributed community certificates to tribals.