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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Spa of the South

Channel News Asia says that Courtallam (Kutraalam) is using “Monsoon Tourism” as a plank to draw visitors. IMO Courtallam has not been able to utilize its full potential. It has largely played host only to people from some of the Southern states. It needs to reinvent itself to become a destination of choice.

It started what's known as 'Monsoon Tourism' and the concept is now so popular that almost 15,000 people have arrived this year, although the season has just started.

The picturesque view that the visitors come for: the nine waterfalls with water flow at their highest levels due to the rains. Indeed they are Coutrallam's greatest attraction, giving it the adage: "spa of the south".


  • Yes, the potential in the Tenkasi region is untapped. The greeenery is quite noticeable. Can be developed and marketed well

    By Blogger Jayan, at 11:29 AM  

  • "spa of the south" - Haven't heard that one before! Seems appropriate though..

    By Blogger Dinesh, at 12:08 PM  

  • Ok, this one of my pet peeves! This place is close to my heart. Our family's kuladeivam is housed here. So countless trips are green in my memory. But this last visit, all I remember is black. Flies everywhere. Awful! They have these open stores selling dates and chips and the flies abound around them. The stray dogs are plenty, dirt everywhere. The toilets are right there too, the stench is unbearable. The temple is not maintained well. It is so rich in culture and so beautiful. Wish they would spend a little more money in the upkeep of this place. We have so few spots in TN that we can be proud of (Not that we did anything to be so).

    Then there are no good restaurants there. We had to go to Tenkasi to eat. Trains are not convenient to Tenkasi, the nearest station. Transportation needs to improve.

    By Blogger Munimma, at 11:08 PM  

  • @Jayan,
    It can be developed into a spa resort kind of place.

    Even I'm hearing it for the first time

    Does it mean that Roja was shot in your hometown? Is your place near Senkottai? Agree with u that these places need to be maintained properly to attract new tourists and also vie for the repeat tourists.

    By Blogger Kaps, at 11:34 PM  

  • Kaps, my thaatha was from a small agraharam town in Tirunelveli district, close to courtallam. My appa and chittappas were in touch with the place, even though they grew up in palayamkottai. I am not familiar with it except for the waterfalls and a few temples around that area :-) The only things I retain of that ancestry are a love for waterfalls and thirunelveli halwa :-D

    By Blogger Munimma, at 12:59 AM  

  • kaps, after courtalla kuliyal anybody wud easily justify "ehtanai kodi inbum vaithai engal iraivaa".

    By Blogger crsathish, at 2:12 AM  

  • @Munimma,
    Thanks for the update

    @CR Sathish,
    very true

    By Blogger Kaps, at 3:59 PM  

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