Monday, 28 April 2014

Nature Welcomes in Kerala

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INTRODUCTION:

        Come to our place and experience it,” name of  the village is Nedungolam in Paravaur District Kollam, Kerala. I visit God’s own country at least twice a year. The natural surroundings have always bewitched me.
   
          
           The ride (20 minutes) from Kollam town takes us through a village ending at the edge of an enchanting lake. Our room is in a block of lake view rooms which are set in magnificent staggered elevation. It has stylish, modern interiors (of course with the Kerala touch) with all the luxuries one can ask for.  All the edifices of this resort are hemmed in by trees and they overlook the cerulean waters and the groves on the other side.Nature are never far from your doorstep.

           
        The resort has an excellent promenade abutting the shoreline. It runs around the resort connecting Villas at the lower levels, gardens and vivid, multi-hued flowers. At the end there is an open-air restaurant which provides grand vistas of this small loch joining with the mainstream of Vembanad Lake.  

             
         Again we climb up and take a stroll into the village Nedungolam. The bucolic surroundings and the village charming Chera Nattu pen kuttigal carries us to another world. I am wafted to a nostalgic getaway as we amble through the streets of this virgin beauty tucked away amidst the blue lagoon. The tranquility was disturbed occasionally by the call of birds. 

            
          The cab from the resort screeches to a halt beside us to shake us from the dream scape and part of itinerary. It is also on the edge of backwaters with workers under a tin roof. 

            
         After culling some knowledge about the golden fiber, a thriving industry in Kerala, we head for a cashew factory and a temple. At the luncheon, we have an expert culinary treat. The food is puttu kadalakari and pazham payasam. The ambience itself propels us to eat more. 

            
        After a siesta, in the evening. We set out for a cruise, an essential ingredient of a Kerala tour. As the boat drifts along the west expanse of the lake, we find a land edging in the middle of the lake. Set up blocks of rooms of villas amidst swaying palms and coconut grooves. Have three of four boats at your beck and call. I bet, no boat ride(at least in India) can surpass this backwater cruise of Kerala. The blue sky yonder, azure waters touching the horizon at the farthest, a sight ethereal etches in the mind. 

           
      On return, we take a plunge in the sparkling pool and relax in the splash of a Jacuzzi. Again,we saunter in the pebbled pathway to reach the open air restaurant to view the sunset. The metamorphosis at the sunset is enthralling. Pictures of Unforgettable delights are embedded forever in the mind’s eye.

        The ride (20 minutes) from Kollam town takes us through a village ending at the edge of an enchanting lake. Our room is in a block of lake view rooms which are set in magnificent staggered elevation. It has stylish, modern interiors (of course with the Kerala touch) with all the luxuries one can ask for.  All the edifices of this resort are hemmed in by trees and they overlook the cerulean waters and the groves on the other side.Nature are never far from your doorstep.

              
               
      The resort has an excellent promenade abutting the shoreline. It runs around the resort connecting Villas at the lower levels, gardens and vivid, multi-hued flowers. At the end there is an open-air restaurant which provides grand vistas of this small loch joining with the mainstream of Vembanad Lake.  


        Again we climb up and take a stroll into the village Nedungolam. The bucolic surroundings and the village charming Chera Nattu pen kuttigal carries us to another world. I am wafted to a nostalgic getaway as we amble through the streets of this virgin beauty tucked away amidst the blue lagoon. The tranquility was disturbed occasionally by the call of birds.


       The cab from the resort screeches to a halt beside us to shake us from the dreamscape and part of itinerary. It is also on the edge of backwaters with workers under a tin roof. 

               
        After culling some knowledge about the golden fiber, a thriving industry in Kerala, we head for a cashew factory and a temple. At the luncheon, we have an expert culinary treat. The food is puttu kadalakari and pazham payasam. The ambience itself propels us to eat more. 

              
       Kollam, popularly known as Qullon, houses one of the oldest ports of the Malabar Coast and is known as the gateway to Kerala. At least one-third of the city is covered by the renowned Ashtamudi Lake which paves the way for the magnificent backwaters of Kerala. It is a blend of Abundant nature, glorious heritage and various cultures. It was some spots worth seeing.
            
              
       Ashtamudi Lake is one of the best lake in Kerala. Surrounded by red cliffs and swaying Coconut palms, Ashtamudi are celebrated for its panoramic and magnificent views. The name is Derived from its eight ‘arms’ or channels

       Houseboats provide an opportunity for exhilarating water spots. With a gently breeze to aid, One may sail around the Ashtamudi Lake. The nine-hour boat ride from kollam to Alappuzha Along these backwaters can be an unforgettable experience. 


      Thevally Palace:  Built during the 19th century, it has the residence of the erstwhile
A crumbling pedestal has been build in memory of this faithful dog. The palace is currently occupied by the army and public works department and at Present is the headquarters of the Kollam/Alleppey NCC . 
  
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Mahatma Gandhi Beach: Located 2 km away from Kollam at Kochupilamoodu,Mahatma Gandhi beach – which some refer to it as Kochupilamoodu beach-is an ideal place for walks.It is like any other beach elsewhere in India in a town. The kollam residents gather here to Relax in the evening. A park located beside the Sea, is the major attraction.It has all playthings for Children. In addition there is a milky white big  statue of a nude woman.



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Thangassery : This salad bowl legacy of colonialism is located at a distance of 5 Km from Kollam town. Very few churches built by the Portuguese survive Today with most destroyed when the Dutch took control of the region in 1661 and were followed by the British East India Company in 1795. Thomas built by the Portuguese in 1519 lie scattered along the Stretch ofthe beach.We return in the evening and nature takes us into her fold. In the night we pack our things and nature takes us into her fold. In the night we pack our things and bid adieu with the nostalgic   memories of an enchanting seductress.                                                                                                                   


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                                       ACCESS:

         
By train:  Kollam or Quilon is the nearest Railway station(25 min drive). Most of the towns in India are connected to Qulion by rail.

         By air: Trivandrum is the nearest airport. It takes 75 – 90 minutes to reach this resort.


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