When we want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of this routine and mundane life... we all think we need to take a holiday. And then go ahead and plan the most hectic, touristic, sight seeing filled holiday that can ever be.. and we think we had that break.
Think about it... we wanted to get away from the stress and we add more stress to the already stressful existence by including a hectic holiday break.
When I take a break its normally to soothe and calm my mind... to do nothing but just laze and not think of the time, or agenda or but go deep within me and seek me and find me and be happy with me. This is what meditation is all about and this is when we get rejuvenated.
My recent holiday was to one such place where all this and more was offered. Kannur, is a small town up north of Kerala in India. It was once a sleepy town but with the influx of Dubai funds into the town therefore there is much more happening in the town. Coastal areas of Kannur, still remain calm and serene and virgin enough for a break that i would want to take more often. Kannur is home to one of the dying art forms of this world. Handlooms! Handwoven cotton which takes the shape of our daily linen and upholstery. An art form that the weavers are not willing to let die in spite of a industry in loss. One of the weavers went away to Dubai 10 years back following the whole lot of his extended family members, but his passion for the art brought him back to his roots. Quote: "Life if tough as a weaver, long hours and risky for ones health, but this is what bring joy and happiness to me." Like everything else in life for the present scenario in this world anything natural and real has very few takers. A conscious decision to not get sucked into the consumerism without a thought can save the art. My contribution was picking up my stock for the next 6 months.
Thottada beach and the 7 mile beach in Kannur snuggle into each other forming the most glorious locale for us mankind. Nestled amidst the coconut groves of the Thottada beach on the shores of a river bed and a small river is the home of a lovely couple Rosy and Nazir. kannur beach house their homestay is simple and elegant and yet meets all the requirements for a good holiday.
Tottada is home to the most magnificent birds called the Brahmani kites which is also assumed to be the vehicle of Lord Krishna. Lying down on the hammocks at KBH with the sound of the waves for music and watching these glorious birds is definitely the most beautiful reality show that nourishes and enriches me. Its a man eat mans world, similarly its a crow eat the kites world out there. When a kite snatches its prey from the ocean, on its way to the nest, the cunning crow would fly below the kite and snatch away its prey from the claw .
Like we all have our favourite spots in life Birds have them too... A canvas of colours for attire, the simple and quiet kingfisher would perch itself for hours together at the twig of the tree over looking my balcony. Ignorant of the paparazzi and a fan watching its every move it would day dream for hours at a stretch.
The kiss of the waves under the glorious natural sauna beckons me more and more towards the mighty ocean. Lying down under the blazing sun, with Pink Floyd flaming on his guitar, I resource and stock the required Vitamin D on these shores.
The smell of delicious pathiri, avial, thoran, sambar, Erachi(beef) varattiyathu and Chicken curry cooked in the native and freely available coconut oil drags me back to the home for a sumptuous meal. The dining table is ever so delightful with all the guest on one table with the charming hosts entertaining. Very many stories and experiences are shared thus filling my Bank of Knowledge which makes me much healthier and wealthier.
There is more to Kannur and I just cant wait to explore more on those shores.....
It was once a sleepy town but with the influx of Dubai funds into the town therefore there is much more happening in the town. Coastal areas of kannur, still remain calm and serene and virgin enough for a break that i would want to take more often.
Nestled amidst the coconut groves of the Thottada beach on the shores of a river bed and a small river is the home of a lovely couple Rosy and Nazir.
Kannur beach house, their homestay is simple and elegant and yet meets all the requirements for a good holiday.