Day 18 (R) ~ #BlogchatterA2Z
All artwork is done by Seema Misra, Copyright Lonely Canopy.
Rain reminds me of Kerala. Lush coconut trees, pathways filled with water, everywhere you see there is water and more water.
We visited Oceangreen Homestay to experience the onset of Monsoons last year. Although everyone cautioned against it, the heart wants what the heart wants. The house is located near Adikadalayi village, Kannur. It is a typical Kerala style house – red-tiled roofs, red floors, relaxing arm chairs in the balcony, and fragrance of coconut oil in the kitchen courtyard. Nestled in a coconut grove, this house seems straight out of a Anitha Nair novel, maybe Alphabet Soup for Lovers.
Additionally, the home stay has a unique fish pond in the courtyard with a kitchen garden above it on an iron platform. The water from the fish pond is pumped to the garden where it is filtered through the soil and sent back to the pond. This acts as a fertilization and water filtration mechanism. I was thrilled to see such a nice green initiative in a place which as it is gets water and nature in all its abundance.
The home stay offers very basic but clean rooms. The central court yard has a table and some books that travelers have left behind. Our favorite corner was the spread out balcony – we would lounge there and watch the rain pour down over the garden plants and the coconut grove.
The sea is a mere 50 meters away. As you walk through the coconut grove in front of the house, you come upon a scenic estuary with a bridge over it. After a short walk and climb over a stone embankment – you discover an endless stretch of sand and azure sky. All day long, the beach remains deserted. Once we saw a lone fisherman who braved the rain. In the evenings, some village lads play football in the beach. It presents a postcard image.
The sea is at times violent, given the monsoon season. The pristine white shore with some picturesque rock formations in the distance is perfect for long walks. Sitting and watching this marvel at play is any sea lover’s delight. Spending that monsoon at Oceangreen Home stay is a fond memory for me, like biting into a slice of raw mango – scintillating, thrilling and sheer delight to the senses.
The sound of useless rain in the desolate courtyard
Makes me more alone
If you were here, if you were only here
My blood cries out to you all night in vain
As sleepless as the rain.