The three-day national-level sea sports event, ‘Manapad Classic-2016’, was inaugurated in the shallow waters of Manapad coast on Friday. Inaugurating the event, Tourism Commissioner Har Sahay Meena said that it was his dream to promote Manapad as the best and the biggest tourist spot in south India.
He said that he would request the government to bring more facilities to Manapad. More such sea sports events should be organised in the State which had a 1,076-kilometre-long coastline. With its pristine coast, Manapad offered a platform to host such adventurous sports.
Endowed with natural beauty, Manapad would emerge as a tourism village with the cooperation of the local people, who would be trained as tourist guides, he said.
Tourism would be encouraged in all the 13 coastal districts of the State under Swadesh Dharshan Scheme, and a proposal to this effect was ready at a cost of Rs. 95 crore. Beaches would be provided with sit-out facilities, floating jetty, small cafeterias, better roads and walkers’ paths. Tender for these developments would be called for after a detailed project report was prepared. There were also plans to create a tourism circuit connecting Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi and Ramanathapuram, he told The Hindu .