As all the waterfalls at Courtallam are receiving good inflow of water ever since the season started in June, the ‘Spa of the South’ attracts huge crowd every day and the situation turns from bad to worse during weekends. To control the problem to some extent, the police allow tourists in batches to take bath in the waterfalls and naturally one has to wait in a long queue for more than an hour for his turn and can take bath only for five to 10 minutes. During this brief duration, the tourists under the influence of alcohol would create trouble to other bathers by pushing them aside or standing on the protective concrete arch. The police have set up booths near the Main Falls and the Five Falls from where they are making announcements through the public address system to control unruly tourists.

Despite the noise and bustle prevailing at these spots, the law-enforcers’ announcements control the troublemakers at least to some extent.

The tiny village near Kanyakumari, Myladi, would be known worldwide with the installation of a Tiruvalluvar statue in Australia on September 7. A six-and-a-half-feet high statue would be unveiled in Sydney during the VGP World Tamil Sangam conference, according the general secretary of Kanyakumari Historical and Cultural Research Centre Dr. S. Padmanabhan.

Nallathanu, a student of eminent sculptor Ganapathi Sthapati, who carved 133-ft Thiruvalluvar statue in Kanyakumari, carved this statue in his sculpture centre at Myladi.

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