T. SARAVANAN 

Laze in the sun and chill out like you are the only one... 
 
     
  The Hindu - Saturday, May 01, 2004  
 


MADURAI

Children are happy to welcome the summer. How about parents? It's time for them to put on their thinking caps and entertain their children.

Amusement parks are perhaps what all parents think of and the kids really enjoy themselves there. "Athisayam" an amusement theme park near Paravai is situated on the Madurai-Dindigul National Highway, 12-km away from Madurai.

It has a sprawling 40 acres campus with more than 40 games including 20 water rides. Walt Disney's characters welcome you into the park.

 
 

The favourite is the water ride. "Most of our customers enjoy the water rides. We have introduced the `Madurai Courtallam' waterfalls this summer. Kodaikanal and Courtallam are popular places. So, by creating a `Madurai Courtallam' we are giving people what they want," says R. Krishnamoorthy, the public relations officer.

Apart from water rides there are also dry rides such as `tora tora', `jumping frog', `kids lazy river', `baby train', `rock & roll', `caterpillar', `toy joy', `pirate ship', `mini columbus', `super trooper', `roller coaster', `water merry-go round', `cup and saucer', `children merry-go round', `giant wheel', `dashing car' and `dashing twister car'.

"The water is filtered, passed through a special treatment plant and then chlorinated according to the prescribed levels to prevent any skin allergies. Hence our water games are safe," says G. Suresh, supervisor.

"The `Madurai Courtallam' has enthralled us. We are thrilled. The water from the falls is also cooler than in any other game," says S. Karthikeyan, from Tiruchi.

"We have been quite regular to Athisayam amusement park. And this time we are happy with the `Madurai Courtallam'," said T. Anandan, Assistant Professor, Regional Engineering College, Tiruchi.

So, even if the mercury soars, the `Athisayam' amusement park is sure to provide some respite.

 
     
 

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