: A seven-day tourist cultural festival is proposed to be organised in Tharangambadi under the aegis of Department of Tourism.

The idea has been mooted with the goal of attracting tourists to the erstwhile Danish heritage site.

Speaking at the Pongal festival organised here in Tharangambadi, Minister for Fisheries K.A.Jayapal said a slew of such tourist festivals has been proposed throughout the State, in a bid to encourage tourism. Festivals such as summer festival in Ooty and Kodaikanal, Mango festival in Dharmapuri, Chithirai festival in Madurai, cultural festival in Kanyakumar, Dance festival in Mammallapuram, Drizzle festival in Kuttralam are on the anvil.

According to Mr.Jayapal, the State government has proposed ambitious plans to encourage tourism, and funds were being allocated for the purpose in the district.

Last year, over Rs.6.24 lakhs was expended towards various tourism related facilities that included basic infrastructural amenities at Thirukadayur temple and Sikkal temple, beautification of the central yard facing the Danish fort in Tharangambadi.

Similarly, a tourists’ dorminatory at a cost of Rs.1.20 crore for Thirukadayur, and road facility at Thillayadi at a cost of Rs.25 lakhs has been envisaged.

The Nagapattinam new beach would soon have a boat-riding facility, along with expanded walkers and jogger’s path, and children’s park.

Further, in an effort to bolster the tourist potential, Nagore and Velankanni, that attracts people on pilgrimages is being converted into a plastic-free zone.

Speaking on the occasion, Collector T.Munusamy said an expert survey was already concluded on the boating facility proposed for Nagapattinam new beach. A detailed project report would soon be submitted to the government.

On the Thamaraikulam beautification project, Mr.Munusamy said that the project estimated at a cost of Rs.1.50 crore envisages a walkers path and a children’s park in its premises.