Some of the tourists evince keen interest in nature. There is abundant natural wealth in Tamil Nadu viz. hill stations, waterfalls, forests, bird sanctuaries and beaches. A separate Eco-Tourism Wing has been established on 19-10-2009 in Tamil Nadu Tourism, headed by a Senior Officer of Indian Forest Service. The vision is to make Tamil Nadu a world renowned destination specialising in sustainable tourism through focused efforts on creating synergy among all stakeholders, encouraging capacity building and public-private partnerships with revenue generating models.

Adventure Tourism

Tamil Nadu has been traditionally identified as a place for spiritual experience due to its astronomical numbers of temples and the greener aspects of Tamil Nadu are seldom known to outsiders. By and large, the people above middle age visit Tamil Nadu by virtue of this image, despite our potential to lure the youth for various adventurous destinations. We have got more than 20 waterfalls, 12 hill stations, many water bodies, a dozen boat houses, a long coast line and many wildlife sanctuaries, which can offer thrill and unique experience to the youth. Trekking, mountaineering, camping, water sports, boating and bird watching can be done successfully in Tamil Nadu to engage the youth and make them repeatedly visit our State in large numbers. Therefore, Tamil Nadu Tourism is keen to promote this innovative aspect of tourism in a big way by mobilising resources at all levels.

Adventure boats, water scooters, kayaks and banana boats are available at Muttukadu and Mudaliarkuppam. Efforts are being taken to introduce surfing and skiing in TTDC boat houses. Apart from providing adventure sports activities, Tamil Nadu Tourism is also co-ordinating with Environment and Forest Department in conducting Trekking programme in lesser known low altitude hill stations. Variety of adventure sports were introduced in Island grounds with private participation. Paragliding in Yelagiri attracted tourists in large numbers. In the Republic Day pageantry, Adventure Tourism concept was the theme of Tamil Nadu Tourism, which was applauded by the spectators.