Coonoor gears up for annual fruit show from today

Rudraksh tree remains special attraction of 30-acre Sim's park.

Coonoor: With the election fever over, the summer show time begins in the
hills as the elegant Sim’s Park here in Coonoor is gearing up for the two-day annual fruit show that begins on Saturday morning.

The hills in Nilgiris is known for various summer related activities,
summer festival and horticulture related shows in the months of April
and May. But, this year due to the prolonged election process, the
summer shows certainly have taken a back seat as the officialdom was busy
with the poll duties and could not organize the shows in the usual way.

While the annual vegetable show and the annual rose show for this year
have been cancelled, now, with the officialdom has time to organise the summer related tourist attractions though this year it begins in the later part of May.

The first such show will be the annual fruit show, 58th edition this year, that commences in Sim’s Park at Coonoor on Saturday along with the inauguration of weeklong summer festival.

Spread over 30 acres of undulating landscape, Sim’s Park, the second
largest public garden in Nilgiris next to the government botanical garden in Ooty, is well known for its tree wealth which includes the sacred ‘Rudhraksh’ tree.
Now, the bloom of colorful flowers in nearly hundred varieties that includes salvia, daliah, alstromaria and marigold, has turned the park into a charming attraction, a visual treat. For the annual fruit show at the park, the organizers are erecting a lighthouse made up of fruits and other such structures to add more
attraction for the show this year.

Exhibitors from about 10 districts would turn up to showcase the fruit wealth of the state. The organisers have also made arrangements for holding cultural programmes to entertain the visitors to the fruit show.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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