Yercaud Summer Festival 2018
The annual summer festival in ‘King of Mountains’ Yercaud is all set to begin from May 12th 2018. Tourists and travellers are excited that the festival is commencing earlier than the supposed date. To welcome the tourists for the summer festival and flower show, construction work is going on in the route from Salem to Yercaud. Narrow roads are being extended and the parapet walls are being whitewashed. Many banners and welcome boards have been erected along the route to welcome the tourists for the festival. Also, the usual 4 day festival has been extended to 5 days (till May 16th) and this has made the tourists happier. Since summer vacation has already begun, many tourists from all over India are thronging to the hill station.
On account of the festival, Yercaud Lake has been cleaned and extra boats have been arranged in the Boat House. The popular picnic spot Anna Park has been thoroughly cleaned and there is greenery all around. The horticulture department has brought in flowers from different parts of the country for decorating the flower show.
Dubbed as Poor Man’s Ooty, many tourists visiting Yercaud have demanded for budget-friendly hotels and lodging facilities. They have also demanded clean and hygienic drinking water and decorative lighting amenities in the various tourist attractions. Roads to Kiliyur Falls and other viewpoints have been reconstructed.
More than 2 lakh different species of flowers have been kept for display in the flower show. About 10,000 flower pots have been arranged. Some of the varieties of flowers are Salvia, Vinca, Dahlia, Geranium, African Marigold, French Marigold and Pansy. Flower replicas of St. George’s Fort, airplane, cricket players, tractors, arch towers and various cartoon characters are being decorated to entertain tourists and children.
Use of plastics has been banned throughout the hill station. The tourism department has decided to give away 1 lakh saplings as souvenirs to the tourists. During this festival, traditional dances, culinary tours, boat race, cooking competitions and rangoli competitions have been planned to take place.
Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami will inaugurate the festival.