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Micro tourism is a development the place travellers go to locations which are only a brief drive away and ideally in the identical State

Micro tourism is a development the place travellers go to locations which are only a brief drive away and ideally in the identical State

The winery, punctuated with lush clusters of purple grapes, is hemmed in by mountains. Vacationers mill about, glasses in hand. However this isn’t Bordeaux, and the glasses are stuffed with grape juice. 

Welcome to Cumbum, a small city in Tamil Nadu that brims with grape farms. Recently, winery tourism has picked up right here. A Manoharan, who runs MSR Grapes Backyard on the Kollam-Theni freeway, says his winery receives practically 1,000 guests a day. Attributing the rise in footfall to the pandemic-induced suspension of worldwide flights, he says quite a lot of home vacationers now go to his 35-acre winery. “Within the final year-and-a-half I’ve seen a 30% enhance in vacationers from Tamil Nadu,” he says.

At a banana plantation near Cumbum

At a banana plantation close to Cumbum
| Picture Credit score: Karthik Srinivasan

The pandemic has given rise to micro tourism, a development the place travellers go to locations which are only a brief drive away and ideally in the identical State. For intrepid holidaymakers of Tamil Nadu, it has given them the chance to find the highway much less travelled, a highway the jet set earlier ignored.

After COVID-19 hit, there was a rise in home tourism, says Sandeep Nanduri, Director of Tourism and Managing Director of Tamil Nadu Tourism Growth Company, including that they’re now engaged on selling lesser-known locations. “We’re growing journey campsites in 15 locations similar to Dharmapuri, Jawadhu hills, Courtallam and Mudaliarkuppam,” says Nanduri.

There’s a slew of latest introductions too. Among the many plans being firmed up is heli-tourism, which can be launched in Kodaikanal and Rameswaram over the following few months. Additionally, keep tuned for a 3D present at Arjuna’s Penance in Mamallapuram, which is able to debut in 4 months. “The period of the present can be 20-25 minutes. The story can be projected on the floor of the monument, and thru it we try to indicate the historical past of the Pallava dynasty in Mamallapuram. An analogous present will happen on the Thiruvalluvar statue in Kanyakumari,” he provides.


| Picture Credit score: Tamil Nadu Tourism

With folks searching for choices of their yard, plantation tourism too is seeing takers. “Folks go to tea, espresso, cardamom plantations in locations like Meghamalai, Pollachi and Valparai, perceive how these are grown, after which keep the evening within the plantation,” explains Nanduri.


| Picture Credit score: Karthik Srinivasan

Chennai-based photographer Karthik Srinivasan, who posted footage of his hometown Cumbum on social media final month, says, “Almost 15 of my buddies deliberate a highway journey to the very same locations after seeing my images. These are individuals who love driving because the roads there are stunning to drive on” he provides.

Photographer Amar Ramesh, who runs Uncover Tamil Nadu, an Instagram account that options locations from throughout the state, is continually looking for gorgeous locales and sometimes stumbles upon lesser explored gems. When you drive round Ambasamudram, Kalladaikurichi , in Tirunelveli, or by way of the interiors of Kotagiri, you’ll discover that they appear to be international landscapes. There’s pure magnificence and paddy fields.” To search out these locations, he asks round, talks to locals, seems up social media.

With common worldwide flights to and from India having resumed from March 27, Amar says, “Even after worldwide journey opens up, folks ought to take the time to discover Tamil Nadu, which nonetheless has locations which are untouched.

Amar additionally suggests visiting temples similar to Gangaikonda Cholapuram (Ariyalur district) and Darasuram (Kumbakonam) as they’re much less crowded. In December 2021, Amar made a fast journey to the Thirumoorthy Dam in Pollachi. “It was stunning, the water degree was good and one might drive or stroll round it,” he provides.

Thirumoorthy Dam

Thirumoorthy Dam
| Picture Credit score: Amar Ramesh

Adrenaline chasers

For journey addicts, Camp Splendour, nestled between the Thirumoorthy dam and the Annamalai mountain vary, gives kayaking, canoeing, jet snowboarding and standup paddling within the waters of the dam, together with actions similar to archery, commando internet, and campfire.

Whereas highway tripping to getaways like Pollachi, Chettinad, Coonoor, and Thoothukudi have all the time been standard amongst these from Tamil Nadu, of late, Tharangambadi, Nagercoil and Kumbakonam too have made it to the checklist. Jose Dominic, who heads the CGH Earth group of accommodations, says their property Mantra Koodam-CGH Earth in Kumbakonam, which pre-pandemic obtained 50% worldwide visitors and solely 30% from Tamil Nadu, now will get 70% of its footfall from Tamil Nadu.

“Kumbakonam is dwelling to UNESCO temples and is thought for structure and tradition. There are silk saris, pottery, bronze statues and native delicacies to discover,” says Dominic. “Our precedence is to open up in new places,” he provides, stating that he’s opening in Nagercoil and Rameswaram subsequent. “Travellers, need tradition and seashores, and we plan to supply simply that.” 

A lazy date with historical past

Tharangambadi, the primary Danish buying and selling submit in India is a scenic six-and-a-half hour’s drive from Chennai, with the Bay of Bengal working alongside as a continuing companion. Its seashores have been welcoming extra highway trippers these days.

Thanga House

Thanga Home
| Picture Credit score: Particular Association

Thanga Home in Tharangambadi, a 60-year-old, 4 bed room bungalow threw open its restored doorways to the world in December 2020. “Locations similar to these usually are not normally on mass vacationer maps,” says Prashant Bokaria who owns the property, including that however purchasers drive in from Chennai, Bengaluru, Coimbatore, Thanjavur, and Puducherry; in addition to Mumbai, Chandigarh and Delhi. “We promote round 30 to 40 bookings a month,” he says.

Some folks cease by for a pre-booked lunch or dinner. Moreover, visitors additionally get pleasure from lazing within the salt water dip pool, at candle-lit dinners on the terrace, or on the seaside. “Visitors come right here to recharge, compensate for their studying, to pursue inventive work like writing, composing music, scripts, to rejoice an event, or just to do nothing,” says Prashant, including that their draw is easy: “there aren’t any trendy noises, simply the sound of the waves.”


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