Tamil Nadu

Tourists flock to Kolli Hills for Valvil Ori festival

Participants take position in the archery competition at Kolli Hills in Namakkal district on Monday.— Photo: S.P. Saravanan

Participants take position in the archery competition at Kolli Hills in Namakkal district on Monday.— Photo: S.P. Saravanan  

Festive mood prevailed atop Kolli Hills on Monday with tourists gathering in large numbers to take part in the Valvil Ori festival.

Celebrations began with the revenue officials garlanding the statue of Valvil Ori at Semmedu followed by political parties and other organisations paying their respect.

Collector V. Dakshinamoorthy inaugurated the flower exhibition at botanical garden. MLA R. Santhi and Kolli Hills Union chairman Chandrasekar were present.

A replica of a horse made with 7,500 roses and a mushroom made out of 1,500 roses were the crowd puller.

An archery competition was held on the bus stand premises. The participants were asked to hit at the images of an elephant, tiger, deer, pig and a monitor lizard.

Legend has it that King Valvil Ori killed these five animals with a single arrow.

The Government departments put up 27 stalls exhibiting the schemes and projects being implemented. Cultural programmes by school students, oratory and essay writing competition were held.

As many as 1,390 beneficiaries were given assistance to the tune of Rs. 80.39 lakh apart from distribution of community certificates to the local people. Besides 11 regular buses, the Transport Department operated 13 special buses between Karavalli and Semmedu.





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