MTDC to host chikoo festival in Dahanu

Written By Unknown on Kamis, 07 Februari 2013 | 22.23

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) is hosting a unique 'Chikoo Festival' in Dahanu on February 9-10. This beachside town bordering Gujarat is famous for its vast chikoo farms largely owned by the Parsi community. Its tribal community is a treasure trove of Warli art and craft.

Organised by the Kokan Bhumi Pratishthan the festival will be held at the Camping Ground in Bordi. Events range from a small fun-fair with stalls to showcase tribal art and craft, agricultural products, fresh fruits and their byproducts, a photo exhibition on the region as well as outdoor attractions like the Chikoo Safari, Warli dance, not to forget Parsi and Irani cuisine. Tourists can visit the weekly bazaar, join a sand castle competition, make and fly kites or enjoy a bonfire to the accompaniment of local cuisine at the beach.

MTDC, which owns a beautiful seaside resort along Bordi beach, says the aim is to make people aware of the history of the town. Dahanu has skilled agriculturists, horticulturists, floriculturists, artisans, potters, basket weavers, jewellery die-makers, salt manufacturers, balloon manufactures, toddy tappers and fisherfolk apart from olden activities like boat repairing and net making.

Jagdish Patil, managing director, MTDC, said, Dahanu taluka is at a crossroads ecologically, socially and culturally. It is surrounded by the rapidly advancing industrial and commercial cities like Mumbai, Tarapur and Vapi. With over 50% land under fruit orchards, forests and mangroves, this region has a lot to offer through agro tourism. We want tourists to get a flavour of the indigenous culture of Dahanu and the Chikoo Festival is a good means to do so."

Beyond the fruit, the Chikoo Festival will showcase how Dahanu is well equipped with hotels, resorts, organic farms, sightseeing, hands-on village experiences, games and nature trails. In fact, opportunity exists for educational tourism that will generate income for orchard owners, shops and establishments as well as the local tribal population, the Warlis, who constitute 66% of the total population of the area.

Sanjay Yadavrao, president, Kokan Bhumi Pratishthan, said, Village tourism has great potential in Konkan. Urban as well as international tourists can experience the traditional Indian way of life in a natural habitat.

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