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Launch edition of Tamil Nadu Travel Mart (TTM) brought-out refreshing new products from the traditional state. Nature, cuisine, beaches, wellness, heritage, farms, flower art, craft with tours and hotels to link these attractions rendered Tamilnadu as a state of multiple attractions. 

Welcome Travels welcomed delegates to a makeshift tropical garden converted into a stall. Snake gourds hung around us while listening to Managing Director D Karunanidhi’s eco-initiative of growing all required vegetables for their Chennai hotel La Woods at the hotel’s organic terrace garden. Bitter gourds dangled at the head of the other wood sofa while chillies, brinjals and tomatoes flourished in the pots in between, seeming to justify Minister for Tamil Official Language and Minister for Culture, K Pandia Rajan’s mention at the launch speech that Tamil Nadu has 60 percent green cover. It was a welcome change from the usual bright and dazzling stalls of such marts.

Tropical vegetable plants @ Welcome Travels

We’ll show you beyond sights and sounds of a place said Lakshmi of Storytrails. The peacock trail that we took in the evening at Mylapore in Southern part of Chennai city indeed whet our thoughts and immersed us into the deep-rooted culture around 500 year Kapaleeshwarar temple. One such trail is enough to entice a guest into opting for their other trails like the food, bazaar, dancer’s, potter’s, spice or country road trail.

Storytrails

Leo Robert, Principal of Bell institute of Hotel Management and Tour Director of Bell Culinary quest enthusiastically shared details of their mouth watering tour. He was working on a 11 day tour for a group from New Zealand scheduled to visit in November. The tour will include a visit to some of their own restaurants in Madurai and Pondicherry and a stay at their hotel in Sivakasi to interact with hotel management students for a history on Indian cooking and a hands-on cooking experience.

Bell Culinary Quest

Almaa Siddha Herbal Care Business Head V Kannan, said: “We consider food as medicine and medicine as food and treat a health issue accordingly. The stall displayed an array of ayurvedic medicine and a wooden massage table. Herbal health program, plantain leaf bath, mud bath, massage and steam bath and yoga are available at Almaa Siddha Care Multi specialty hospital at Madurai. They have health care centres in Singapore and Malaysia too.

Theme at TTM

The theme for the stalls at TTM based on four historic dynasties of Chola, Chera, Pandya and Pallava with their original flags itself made for an interesting go around for exploring different products. A pre-tour based on the same theme had already given a peek to most delegates into what was in store at each theme. Visiting tour operators had four readymade circuits on hand. Other tours by overlapping or combining a choice from each tour could make multiple choices.

Team of Kannan Travels

Chennai’s good supply of star category hotels was well represented at the Mart with some popular local brands offering personalised local hospitality. One such, Residency Towers is a modern four star hotel with a local favourite spicy seafood and meat restaurant Southern Aromas. It has a rooftop restaurant offering a panoramic view from the city centre and an all day tasty and quick service ‘Main Street’ that serves best of filter coffee. V Balaji, Director of Sales, The Residency Towers Chennai, said: “Our other selling points are 24 hour checkout and proximity to American Consulate.” The group has another, three star hotel in Chennai and a hotel each in Coimbatore, Karur and Pondicherry. Its Maldivian hotel is managed by St Regis.   Boutique, clean and modern Bergamont Hotels has four hotels in Tamil Nadu and four more are in the offing.

Flower & Leaf art experts

Kannan Tours and Travels had an eye-catching sketchy depiction of the state’s heritage and cultural attractions. Mr N Kannan, also the organiser of TTM’s pre-tours for 105 delegates, said that experienced, personalised service and a fleet of cars, tempo traveller and coaches was his company’s forte.

Harvest Fresh is a 100 percent organic certified farm in Theni district of Tamil Nadu is only 15 kilometers away from Thekkady. The farm house has three spacious rooms and offers indulgent farm experience with bullock cart and tractor ride and a chance to savour from 10 varieties of mangoes, guavas, pomegranates and coconuts.

The couple of Manjaa

Fresh and fragrant flowers are abundant across South India and are favourite natural ornaments on ladies braided hair. Tamilians are experts in stringing them to beautiful garlands, bouquets and more.  This beautiful flower and leaf art was evident at Cardinal Club Experiences, whose Director Uma Mahesh, said: “We have 40 artists who can create elaborate decorations for a wedding or an event”. They also conduct nature, divine destination, ayurveda and heritage trails.

Poompuhar stall @ TTM

Manjaa (literally meaning the chord that connects the kite) conducts culturally immersive tours.   Its founder and MD Ram Kevalur passionately narrated the presence of 30,000 odd manuscripts at Saraswati Mahal in Tanjavur that carry wealth of India’s ancient knowledge and how 2.5 million weavers are still actively weaving healthy handlooms in Tamil Nadu. Ram and his wife Deepa have given-up their plush jobs abroad to return and connect to their native roots.

If hearing about art is not enough, Tamil Nadu’s intricately designed and carved brass and stone craft and Tanjavur paintings were exquisitely displayed along with artists demonstrating the process at Poompuhar, Tamil Nadu Government Handicraft Development’s stall. It was a learning to know that beautiful art installations at Chennai airport that we had stopped to take pictures on arrival were by the same organisation and that they have beautified other airports and ports in the state with art installations. Their Chennai showroom even has a cafe where guests can enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee amidst beautiful art and craft. Poompuhar outlets are spread throughout the state and make for good carry home mementos.

Written By Anand & Madhura Katti

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