Vypin Island is criss crossed by canals. Though the area nearer to mainland is now waiting to see a boom in construction of multi storey buildings, the island and its beaches still have a serenity and beauty which is becoming rarer by the day. Standing in front of a noisy school on the bank of the backwaters, one could see a school of dolphins popping in and out while a few fishermen were busy catching fish, standing right on the bank. Dolphins and fish seem to move together and the alert fishermen lower the Chinese nets into the water to pick up whatever fish can be netted. Not a very effiecient way, but then interesting to watch.
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Cherai Beach is known to be a haven for swimmers. But more than anything, it is known for cleanliness and hygiene which make it an absolute delight to explore. Thick coconut groves add to the charm of Cherai Beach. With a shoreline of around 10km, the beach stretches out for a long span and will keep you charmed.
Situated at the northern end of Cherai Beach, Munambam beach (Muziris Golden Beach) is where the River Periyar flows into the Arabian Sea. It is a perfect place to sit and enjoy the views, and watch local fishermen in their traditional canoes and colourful boats. The stunning sunset forms the classic backdrop and provides marvellous inspiration to any keen photographer. Since I am photographer I just enjoyed every part of it. After spending my time till sunset at munambam beach I started back my journey to my next destination marine drive. On my way I stopped at The Basilica of Our Lady of Ransom, Vallarpadam-Ernakulam is a famous centre of pilgrimage. People from all parts of Kerala and outside, irrespective of caste or creed go to the church to seek the blessings of Mary, the mother of Jesus, popularly known as "Vallarpadathamma".
A Sunday in Kochi. Overtaking the long queue of cars and bikes awaiting the arrival of the Jungar (the big boat that transports vehicles and people by by sea), we reached the shore of the vypin backwaters. There you see the rise and set of the huge beautiful Chinese fishing nets alined one by one. If you get a big school of fish, you call it chaakara.. This place if you ask me what do we do?, I would be glad to say I don't but what I do is to open my eyes and just run my eyes across the never ending sea.. Be it a sunny day or monsoon time, the cold breeze at the beach will never die.. Happiness is when you see fishes jumping for life over the blue nets or when you see tiny crabs scaring small kids by running behind them.. All you need to do in your busy scheduled life is to go there, stand with an amul mangobar on one hand and your phone in silent mode in the other just to take photos of the old gen fishermen, they will give you the ultimate poses for your photos cos they love it :). An evening well spent..