Courtallam overflows with tourists

SPLASH: The tourist season at Courtallam waterfalls has started on a high note as the incessant drizzle ensured good flow in all the falls on Sunday. — Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

Good inflow in all waterfalls

TIRUNELVELI: Courtallam, the major attraction of the district, was overflowing with the tourists from various parts of Tamil Nadu on Sunday, as all waterfalls at the ‘ Spa of the South’ were gushing after incessant drizzle in the Western Ghats.

Though other parts of Tirunelveli district did not experience any rainfall on Saturday night, Courtallam was blessed with continuous sprinkle till Sunday evening, which was enough to ensure good inflow in Main Falls, Old Falls, Five Falls and Tiger Falls.

Traffic snarl

On coming to know about the commencement of season at Courtallam on a high note, tourists from Madurai, Sivaganga, Virudhunagar, Tuticorin and Kanyakumari, had come to Courtallam in hundreds of vehicles that caused a traffic snarl on the Main Falls – Five Falls stretch for a while.

Additional police personnel have been deployed near Main Falls and Five Falls round-the-clock.


Kovai Courtallam gets a boost

Accommodations at Kovai Courtallam will be rented out to tourists

Tickets at District Forest Office in Coimbatore city itself by July

Kovai Courtallam

Coimbatore: To mark the World Environment Day observance and as part of the effort to plant 1 lakh saplings to commemorate the World Classical Tamil Conference, Secretary to Government for Forests, Debendranath Sarangi planted saplings along Tiruchi Road on Saturday.

The objective was to enhance greenery and compensate for the loss of trees suffered due to various development works. Officials said the drive was aimed at creating awareness among the public to contribute for the environment.

Mr. Sarangi also visited Kovai Courtallam where the Forest Department has come up with a eco-tourism project involving tribal community. The eco-tourism initiative has resulted in new tree top houses and rest houses for four families at Kovai Courtallam for accommodating and entertaining nature lovers. The participatory model of tourism promotion without compromise on conservation has resulted in tribal communities getting back Rs. 12 lakh revenue for their activities.

The tribals have started vending ice creams and pop corns to the tourist at Kovai Courtallam.

Of the proposed one lakh saplings to be planted to mark the World Classical Tamil Conference, 50 per cent would be in educational institutions. Twelve per cent would be by Corporation, eight per cent by other local bodies and ten per cent by the Highways Department. The saplings being planted on Tiruchi Road would be taken care of by the Chennai Silks in terms of watering the plants and providing them with a tree guard.

District Forest Officer I. Anwardeen sought public and corporate participation in terms of providing tree guards and watering the saplings for ensuring their survival.

Mr. Anwardeen said that the accommodations at Kovai Courtallam would be rented out to tourists at a tariff of little over Rs 1,750 and the tourists could avail them on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and stay would be restricted only for 24 hours.

The Department would shortly ban plastic items into the Kovai Courtallam area and tourists would be provided with paper bags and cloth bags.

To avoid tourists standing in queues during week-end, the Department has planned to issue entry tickets for Kovai Courtallam at the District Forest Office in Coimbatore city itself probably from the second week of July.


Tirunelveli: Water level in Papanasam Dam crosses 100 feet mark

More than 25 houses damaged in Sivagiri and Sankarankovil in heavy rain

TIRUNELVELI: Even as Sivagiri in the district received 237 mm rainfall on Saturday, water level in Papanasam Dam, one of the three major reservoirs here, crossed the 100 feet mark on Saturday evening, bringing cheers among the farmers.

Sivagiri and Sankarankovil, which hitherto failed to register significant rainfall after the northwest monsoon set in a week ago, experienced heavy rainfall on Saturday. However, the downpour damaged more than 25 houses in these two taluks in the past 24 hours that ended with 8 a.m.

Water level in Papanasam Damcrossed 102.70 feet on Sunday evening while theServalar Dam had 128 feet water. Manimuthar Dam water level stood at 91 feet on Sunday evening.

IN SPATE: A view of the swollen Tamirabharani river at Authoor in Tuticorin district on Sunday. — Photo: N. Rajesh

When the residents of Kalakkad blocked traffic on Sunday demanding immediate compensation to the damaged houses, the police and revenue officials came to the spot and pacified the protestors with the assurance that relief measures would be taken immediately.

Waterfalls at Courtallam are still flowing dangerously and tourists were prevented from taking bath. Water level in the dams (in feet) are: Papanasam – 102.70, Manimuthar – 91, Servalar – 128, Gadana – 83, Ramanadhi – 82, Karuppanadhi – 70.21, Gundar – 36, Adavinainar – 96.50, Vadakku Pachchaiyaar – 29, Nambiyar – 10.95 and Kodumudiyar – 42.

Rainfall in the district (in mm): Sivagiri – 237, Sankarankovil – 98, Papanasam – 60, Manimuthar – 56, Shencottai – 51, Aayikudi – 26.60, Tenkasi – 23, Nanguneri – 20, Palayamkottai – 18.20, Alangulam – 16, Tirunelveli and Radhapuram – 14 and Ambasamudram – 11.


Heavy rain lashed several parts of the district for the fourth consecutive day here on Sunday.

Five houses in Tiruchendur, three in Srivaikuntam and two in Ottapidaram were reported partially damaged and one house in Tiruchendur collapsed.

Chilly winds accompanied by the incessant rain forced the residents to remain indoors. Many roads were inundated.

The sky remained overcast throughout the day. The maximum rainfall of 90 mm was recorded in Vanchchi Maniyachi. The rainfall recorded in mm in various stations of the district were: Tiruchendur – 31; Kayathar – 40; Kulasekarapattinam ; Vilathikulam – 12; Kadalkudi – 13; Vaipar – 29; Surangudi – 17; Kadambur – 77; Kalugumalai – 83; Kovilpatti – 71; Ottapidaram – 44; Vednatham – 40; Keelaarasaradi – 56; Ettayapuram – 44; Sathankulam – 36; Srivaikuntam – 22 and Tuticorin – 15.9 mm.


Heavy rain continued to lash various parts of the district and the sky remained overcast throughout the district.

The maximum rainfall recorded of 65 mm was recorded at Chittar I. The others are: Chittar II-57, Pechipparai-50, Kottaram-31, Puthen dam-30, Surulode -25.3, Kannimar-18 and Boothapandi-13.

Water level in the dams (in feet): Pechipprai- 26.75, Perunchani- 48.15; Chittar I- 6.78 and Chittar II-6.85.


Tamilnadu: Heavy rain forecast till Monday

CHENNAI: With a low-pressure area over Kanyakumari and its neighbourhood likely to become more marked, the northeast monsoon, which set in over the State on October 29, will continue to be vigorous over the coastal belt.

A trough from the low-pressure area extends to west-central Bay of Bengal across the Gulf of Mannar and the southwest bay off the coast of Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh, according to a Meteorological Department bulletin on Saturday.

IN FULL FLOW: The main falls at Courtallam on Saturday following incessant rain in the Western Ghats.

Thundershowers are likely to occur on Sunday at most places over coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and at many places over the interior of the State. Heavy rain at a few places with very heavy to extremely heavy falls at isolated places is likely over the coastal parts of the State and Puducherry on Sunday and Monday.

During the 24-hour-period up to 8.30 a.m. on Saturday, the maximum rainfall of 15 cm was recorded at Red Hills on Chennai’s northern outskirts.

Chembarampakkam on the western fringe received 14 cm; Ponneri had 13 cm and Madurantakam, Sholavandan and Cuddalore had 11 cm each.

A 40-year-old person in Alangulam taluk of Tirunelveli district died during the spell. A senior revenue official here said that the death occurred on Thursday.

On Saturday morning, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi discussed relief plans with Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, Chief Secretary K.S. Sripathi and Principal Secretary (Finance) K. Gnanadesikan.

Mr. Stalin briefed him on his visit to the northern and southern parts of Chennai. Union Minister for Textiles Dayanidhi Maran and Chennai Corporation Commissioner Rajesh Lakhoni were present.

The Deputy Chief Minister, who visited T. Nagar and Choolai to inspect baling out of rainwater and went to a special medical camp at Ayodhya Kuppam, said that over the last three years stormwater drains were laid in the city at a cost of Rs.81.76 crore over a length of nearly 150 km.

Drains were de-silted over a length of 996 km. There was no need yet to relocate people; bailing-out operations were on.


Tamilnadu: Flood at Courtallam falls

TIRUNELVELI: All the falls at Courtallam experienced heavy inflow on Friday following incessant drizzle in the Western Ghats.

As water was flowing beyond the protective arch of Main Falls, tourists were prevented from taking bath in the falls. The water flowing from the falls damaged the tiles laid near Main Falls.

Since similar situation prevailed at Five Falls also, the police told the tourists not to take bath in the falls.

Inflow to major irrigation dams of the district namely Papanasam, Manimuthar and Servalar dams has increased to some extent thanks to the drizzle in the Western Ghats.