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Treetop suites are a hit with tourists

M. Gunasekaran

They have facilities such as tile flooring, modern furniture and western toilets

Photo: M. Balaji

For a novel experience: The newly-built treetop suite at Top Slip will be ready for tourists in August. —

POLLACHI: Treetop suites at the bio-diversity hotspot Top Slip have become the most-sought-after accommodation by tourists and wildlife enthusiasts.

The forest department is constructing two more similar suites at Top Slip in the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park here. They are expected to be ready by August at an estimated cost of Rs. 6 lakh.

Facilities

Taking well-grown live trees as their base, the suites have facilities such as tile flooring, modern furniture and western toilets.

“Overwhelmed by the response for the existing treetop suites amid reserve forests, we are going in for two more.

"More and more tourists are asking us for accommodation at treetop suites and during weekends we are unable to accommodate many,” said K.R. Varadharajan, wildlife warden of the sanctuary.

The suites have an elevated level of flooring and an extensive wooden structure. Ulandy range officer S. Thangaraj Panneerselvam said the higher tariff did not dissuade people from seeking them.

The charge for two persons is Rs.1,200 a day and Rs. 300 for other guest houses.

Spacious

The two that are coming up will be more spacious than the existing ones with an additional plinth area.

Mr. Panneerselvam said bamboo and teak poles had been extensively used in the structure with corrugated iron sheets for roof.

Meanwhile, the authorities have renovated Bison Lodge that has three bed rooms each, in the four suites, with European and Indian closets.

The treetop suites remain a good revenue source for the department.

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