Show features about 20 stalls of departments of horticulture, tourism and forest
With a rally in which musical troupes the floats of various departments and people belonging to various sections of society participated, the curtain went up on the three-day Spice Show organised by the horticulture, revenue and tourism departments at the Saint Thomas Higher Secondary School ground in Gudalur on Monday.
It was flagged off by the Assistant Superintendent of Police, G. Dharmaraj.
Among those who participated were the Project Director, Hill Area Development Programme, Srinivas R. Reddy, the District Forest Officer S.N. Tejaswi, the Tourist Officer, S. Dorairaj, the Revenue Divisional Officer, V. Adhimoolam and the Deputy Director of Horticulture, N. Mani.
The show featured about 20 stalls including those of the departments of horticulture, tourism and forest, the Tamil Nadu Tea Plantation Corporation and non-governmental organisations.
The horticulture department stall showcased the spice wealth of Gudalur.
The cynosure of all eyes was a 75 kg Taj Mahal made with different kinds of spices including cardamom, pepper, nutmeg lace, cumin and Ani seed.
The department had also put up an arch made of spices. Adverting to the growing popularity of the show, The Nilgiris Collector Archana Patnaik told The Hindu here that it would help promote tourism in the area.