The three-day Vaparai summer festival began on Friday with a slew of cultural programmes such as Bharatanatyam, Thudiya dance by tribals from Coorg, Karanataka, and a dog show organised by the Department of Animal Husbandry.

Musical events were also organised by the Government Music College and Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation. A flower show was also organised for the festival by the Department of Horticulture. It featured various animals such as giant pandas made of flowers. Further, animals like lion and the lion-tailed macaque made from vegetables were also kept on display.

The event was aimed at boosting tourism in the Valparai region where plans are afoot to create a new park along with other attractions such as horse and bicycle rides. More than 5,000 people visited the spot on day one. The fest is being conducted for three days from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Government High School premises at Valparai.