TAMIL NADU

Akasa Ganga waterfall in Kolli Hills lacks amenities

Nature’s bounty: The Akasa Ganga waterfall in Kolli Hills in Namakkal district.

Nature’s bounty: The Akasa Ganga waterfall in Kolli Hills in Namakkal district.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: P. Goutham

Staff Reporter

NAMAKKAL: The Akasa Ganga waterfall in Kolli Hills, which sprung to life during the recent rain, is offering a breathtaking view to the visitors.

But the district administration is yet to guarantee a pleasurable experience to the tourists as the place lacks amenities and the sanitation continues to be poor.

The waterfall is one of the major attractions pulling more crowds to the hills, particularly during weekends. Though the district administration has created a few amenities for the tourists visiting the waterfall and the famous Arapaleeshwarar temple, more improvements are required, many tourists felt.The sanitation should be improved and efforts should be carried out to keep the temple premises and the steps leading the waterfall clean. The officials have grossly failed to prevent persons consuming liquor on the steps and near the waterfall. Empty bottles and broken glasses can be seen on the steps and near the waterfall.

Further, persons providing massage service cause embarrassment to the tourists visiting the waterfall. They carry out their work on the steps leading to the waterfall.

The spilling of oil on the steps make them slippery and pose danger to the tourists. The officials at the tourist spot are yet to sort out the problem.

Meanwhile, tourists are denied access to the viewpoint and the telescopic tower located near the State Highways Travellers Bungalow during the visit of a VIP or a senior official.

Last weekend, tourists were denied access to the telescopic tower as a senior police official stayed in the bungalow. “We can understand the restriction of entry if a VIP in the high security category stays in the bungalow. But access is being denied even if a district official stays in the bungalow,” tourists said.

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