Ponmudi to get taste of Adventure tourism

Depending on the initial response more activities will be added later.

The golden hills of Ponmudi will soon become a place for adrenaline junkies as the Forest Department is planning to introduce adventure tourism packages. The plan is part of a development scheme which aims to attract more tourists to the place.

Apart from Ponmudi, tourist spots Mankayam, and Kallar will also benefit from the project. It is learnt that the forest department will soon invite requests for proposals from private firms to introduce more facilities.

Apart from Ponmudi, tourist spots Mankayam, and Kallar will also benefit from the project.

The proposal is to set up infrastructure and other amenities in the shape of adventure parks. This will include ‘Commando Nets,’ ‘V-shape Burma Bridges,’ regular ‘Burma Bridges,’ ‘Commando Bridges,’ pulleys and ropes for ‘Flying Fox’ activities, river crossing and ‘Swinging Valley crossing’ activities’. Trained personnel will be appointed to ensure safety for the tourists. Depending on the initial response more activities will be added later.

Apart from adventure tourism, there will be other kinds of tourist attractions Ponmudi. This includes setting up tree houses and Ayurveda rejuvenation centres. A watchtower and viewpoint were nearing completion at Ponmudi.

Earlier Forest Department has announced its plan to declare the hill station as a plastic-free zone along with restrictions on consumption of liquor on the hills. Already the efforts to make the hills a plastic-free zone have been started. Vana Samrakshana Samithi volunteers routinely carry out cleaning drives and campaigns to convince visitors not to litter the place.

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