Shooting stars to Bioluminescence! This splendid beach house in Kannur had it all!

Tripoto
15th Dec 2017
Photo of Shooting stars to Bioluminescence! This splendid beach house in Kannur had it all! by Shreya Merchant

The winding narrow lanes were lined with a thick green cover and as I was driving by old rustic houses on either side, the scent of sea in the air and the sun shining through the coconut trees I felt like I had taken the road back in time when life was not a race to win but a journey to experience.

I was planning a short weekend getaway with a few friends, to do nothing but unwind and put our feet up. Being sheer beach bums, we were in search of a destination by the coastline. It was then someone suggested Kannur since the beaches were supposed to be beautiful and secluded. It was only 320kms away from Bangalore so we decided to explore this new destination and zeroed in on a beach house called “Ocean Hues”.

(Research Tip: We stumbled upon this place by finding the Kannur on Google maps and scrolling along the coastline to find a place right by the ocean & Viola!)

We arrived at our temporary home after a pleasant drive through the tapering roads leading straight to the beach. I stood stunned on the veranda gaping at the landscape ahead and I had not even stepped into the house yet.

Photo of Ocean Hues Beach House, Kannur, Kerala, India by Shreya Merchant
Photo of Ocean Hues Beach House, Kannur, Kerala, India by Shreya Merchant

The location of this beach house was nothing short of heavenly - a long stretch of white sandy beach with coconut grooves skirting the edge and the calm clear sea water changing shades under the bright blue skies. Kannur, in god’s own country Kerala had certainly got my attention.

Photo of Shooting stars to Bioluminescence! This splendid beach house in Kannur had it all! by Shreya Merchant

After soaking in the gorgeous scenery, we decided to explore the inside of this very aptly named bungalow. Ocean Hues turned out to be a beautiful and simple yet elegant house with 4 rooms of different sizes. The largest room has a private balcony with a sea view and a jacuzzi in the bathroom (Honeymooners! take note! This is a place you want to explore). If you thought it couldn’t get better, all meals & snacks are served on the veranda overlooking the sea. Mr. Reddy is the house keeper who makes amazing home cooked south Indian meals and scrumptious seafood. He believes the only way to pay respect to a person’s cooking is to wipe the utensils clean. Hence come prepared to binge and wear loose pants at mealtime. He is attentive to the needs of the guests and maintains the property like his own.

Brownie, his chocolate colored dachshund embodies the spirit of vacationing here – Eating like a glutton and lounging under the sun with the sea breeze in his fur. Ocean hues had met the brief of our holiday and then some.

We decided to take a walk along the beach to enjoy the sundown. This beach has a handful of visitors even at that hour so it is easy to lose yourself in the harmony of the waves and the deep orange splayed across the horizon. A short distance away, the tide goes out and uncovers a cluster of rocks on the beach which extends into the water like a jetty. It is the perfect spot to sit and watch the setting sun. In the next couple of days, we easily slipped into this beautiful rhythm of slow paced life by swimming in the clear waters, going on long walks, perching on the rocks to watch the sunsets and eating simple yet delicious food.

Photo of Shooting stars to Bioluminescence! This splendid beach house in Kannur had it all! by Shreya Merchant
Photo of Shooting stars to Bioluminescence! This splendid beach house in Kannur had it all! by Shreya Merchant
Photo of Shooting stars to Bioluminescence! This splendid beach house in Kannur had it all! by Shreya Merchant
Photo of Shooting stars to Bioluminescence! This splendid beach house in Kannur had it all! by Shreya Merchant
Photo of Shooting stars to Bioluminescence! This splendid beach house in Kannur had it all! by Shreya Merchant

The cleanliness across the city and beaches come as a pleasant surprise and this followed suit even when we visited the Kannur lighthouse. The view from atop the lighthouse is a sight for sore eyes. It gives a panoramic view of the lush city and coastline on one side and the horizon on the other. However, the lighthouse closes at 5pm hence watching the sunset from the viewpoint is not an option. Another unique experience Kannur offers is the Muzhappilangad drive-in beach where you can literally drive your car on the beach along the waves, so do not miss the opportunity.

Photo of Shooting stars to Bioluminescence! This splendid beach house in Kannur had it all! by Shreya Merchant

On our last night at Ocean Hues, we were sitting on the veranda around midnight and star gazing. It was a no-moon night and the milky way was partially visible. Almost like a Christmas miracle, we saw a shooting star across the sky. We were so thrilled and looking out for more shooting stars that we even forgot to make a wish! When we did not see anymore and assuming this to be the highlight of the night, we finally settled down. I began looking out at the dark, frightening & vast expanse of the sea when I caught a glimpse of an electric blue current flicker across the waves. I convinced myself that I was hallucinating. But it happened again and this time I was sure I saw it. I could not figure out if it was the reflection of the street light on the waves or was I seeing what I thought I was seeing. I contained my excitement and asked my friends if they could also see the blue current. Could we be this fortunate? After a lot of debate, there was no denying it. The waves began to emanate a bright blue electric current with fierce frequency. We were witnessing a spectacular phenomenon called “Bioluminescence”. Scientifically, it is the production and emission of light by living organisms. However lyrically, it looked exactly like a Patronus charm. For those who aren’t familiar with the Harry Potter series, it looked to be a stream of light spewing from a magic wand – like the ocean was putting up an enchanting light show.

Image shot on the One plus 5

Photo of Shooting stars to Bioluminescence! This splendid beach house in Kannur had it all! by Shreya Merchant

This image was captured on the One plus 5 and it was the best shot we could manage (we did not have a Tripod ) This is just a tiny snippet of the real magic!

Photo of Shooting stars to Bioluminescence! This splendid beach house in Kannur had it all! by Shreya Merchant

It’s the best feeling when a holiday unexpectedly turns out to be much more than you envisaged. It was time to return home the following day but Kannur and Ocean Hues beach house turned our short weekend getaway into a lifetime memory. So, the next time you feel the need to remove yourself from the hassles of city life, consider exploring this quaint and underrated city of Cannanore.

(*All images were shot on the One Plus 5 and the photographer likes to go by his pen name - "Heisenberg" :-D)

(*The Budget of INR 20K was for 2 persons including all meals, fuel and accommodation for 2 nights)

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