Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Veeranpuzha - a window opened toward happiness

It’s a window opened toward happiness. That’s why I always wanted to share my lovely moments here.
When you inspired to dance with the lullabies of paddy fields, you start to realize the truth. Truly you want to share your joy to toast a ‘cheers’ with you. Slowly, very slowly, you fall in love with the nature. With the fresh air, the wind, the water, the greenish paddy fields, the waves, the sand… your body and soul merge in advaitha state. You feel that the distinction with your body and soul disappears… A real Nirvana.
Its Veeranpuzha. The nostalgic place located in my greenest softest part of my heart. So close to my soul, so close to my evergreen dreams.
Veeranpuzha of ultimate happiness

It is the northern extension of Vembanad Lake. From Kochi Azhi to Munambam Azhi, the serene backwaters popularly known in this name – Veeranpuzha. In early 80’s there were regular ferry services from Munambam to Ernakulam. Though it stretches from Ernakulam to Munambam, Veeranpuzha’s Nayarmbalam sector is the most scintillating landscape. You can never forget the sight in your lifetime. The most attracting factor is that it is almost isolated and possibly you can see very few people here. So your privacy is guaranteed. It’s because, this area is covered with paddy fields. Nearest human habitats are a little far away. The reason is, the water you will get from here is salty, hardly drinkable.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Vembanad Lake

(Vembanad Kayal or Vembanad Koil) is the largest lake in Kerala, India.

It covers an area of 200 km², and bordered by Alappuzha, Kottayam, and Ernakulam districts. The lake lies at sea level, and is separated from the Arabian Sea by a narrow barrier island. Canals link the lake to coastal lakes to the north and south. Several rivers flow into the lake, including the Achenkovil, Manimala, Meenachil, Muvattupuzha, Pamba and Periyar. The lake surrounds the islands of Pathiramanal, Perumbalam and Pallippuram.

The port of Kochi (Cochin) is located at the lake's outlet to the Arabian Sea. The town of Alapuzha (also known as Allepey), is sometimes called the "Venice of the East" for its large network of canals that meander through the town. The Vallam Kali (the Snake Boat Race) held every year in August is a major attraction.

Vembanad Lake is designated a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Veeranpuzha. Nostalgia Reloaded

Sweet Veeranpuzha
The real nostalgia reloaded. For me.. and for you... and for everybody, who visited here at least once in a lifetime. A lungful of fresh air. A heartful of pleasure. A soulful of peace. Who does not need these three gifts?
My memmories goes back to my early youth. in the 90's. We used to go Veeranpuzha during heavy rainfalls. And sometimes in bright moonlight. Just to have a bottle of beer or two. Oh! They were absolutely unparallel moments in my life. The moments I though I was gifted to be here.
One side Veeranpuzha stretches along just like a lengthy poem. The other side, paddy fields dance in wind. Here and there you can see some KALAMS (the storage space to keep paddy). I have a favourite spot there.
Veeranpuzha is the name of the Vypin area extension of Vembanattu Lake, Cochin. It is known in that name for only a 25 kilometers range.