travel was and is part of my way of life since my childhood I still recall where I used to travel in two of Ambassador cars which we had, each occasion we used to travel to my Native which is 600 km distant from Bangalore, a small village closer to Vedaranyam positioned in one of the Delta geography south of India,to be more clear so that most of my friends would picture, this is the region where recent Cyclone – GAJA divested and the worst Tsunami hit region long ago,it is prone to natural calamities due its proximity to Bay of Bengal.
Now moving from my view of rough guide to my native, would like to segment few facts as well, Vedaranyam is also called Thirumaraikaadu where Vedaranyam said to be Sanskrit word and named after Vedaranyeshwara temple which was built by Chozha’s and Thirumaraikaadu is undeniably a Tamizh word, this province is a major pilgrimage by placing Velankanni Church,
Nagore Darga and abundant temples, each pilgrimage pulls mammoth number of people all around the globe during its own unique festivals.
Its sea shore is said to be one of the important ports vastly used during ancient days.
A vast livelihood covers Fishing- mainly kola and mathi fish, Export of Mango to other states, Salt extraction- which will be piled up forming a mountain, cultivation of Prawns, paddy, groundnut where in climate is always hot and humid.
My fav in my native is the unobserved wildlife and bird Sanctuary “kodiaykarai/Point Calimere” and is said to be one of the last lingering forest cover in the
geographically called east Deccan by having a medicinal value with its flora and fauna.
Kodiayakarai has nominal wildlife population which includes birds, horse and deer’s which is what I have spotted till now and also very close to Srilanka which is about 50km roughly via sea route.
It is said that Lord Rama has visited vedaranyam after his battle and hence presently there is an big footprints called Ramar Padam.
There is also few other famous Temple in Kariyapattinam- mazhai mariamman Kovil ther (chariot) thiruvizha( fest) said to be a grandeur, a famous pongu Sani temple In thirukollikaadu lies close by , which is on the way to thiruthuraipoondi and another temple Kalitheertha ayanar Kovil.
Being native of coastal belt, my love for food by nature has become sea food, whenever I step in to my native,
I will go along with my uncle to local fish market to buy different kinds of sea foods, one of my aunt owns herds of goats so whenever I step in to her house I would get a tea made out of Goat milk, one of my fav and another aunt has a buffalo yeah the thick milk also stands apart, my stay in my native always makes me awe with its natural touch.
Apart from fish in the coastal belt – Nagore sweets is lip-smacking, my cousins take me to every nook and corner to fill my street food carvings, definitely I have to mention dry fish vada and sharjah milk shake a must try in Nagapattinam.
Yet another best in my native is always to put hands on the local food starting from Nannaari Sarbath – a local drink of our region, another important food is palm tree fuit[Nongu] which we get during a particular season which I keep eating till I’m tired of eating , again another favorite food Palm sprouts[Panam kizhangu] a must try for food lovers and lastly Kalakki-a locally made egg dish.
My village is also the place where I learned swimming in a pond near to my house, my uncle thought me swimming during my childhood days, earlier this pond was used extensively by most of the villagers now barely I can sight any, however every single time when I reach my village I make sure to step in to the pond which is chill out place for sure.
People always overflow in the beach of Velankanni, being a part time local in my native I skip velankanni and visit to the beach which is closer to my granny village pradaparamapuram a rejuvenating place away from foot fall followed by Nagapattinam beach with pleasant wind, I consider if Nagapattinam is not prone to natural disaster its attractive port would have been one of the happening ports in our regions,Nagapattinam light house said to be the longest tower built during Brit era, Nagapattinam is also closer to another French colony of south India- Karaikal.
Looking back at my every single journey, before reaching my village I always standstill at Tanjai- where we had a house earlier and now I stop by aunt house which is also one of my fav place, without mentioning big temple it won’t be good to move on with this writing, Even though being an Atheist I always visit to temple for its Architecture and its scientific importance likewise other marvels in our region, with its Gigantic towers, massive value to its sculpture’s was built by Cholas kingdom is a treat to see, Bull statue [Nandi] is said to be one of biggest in the region.
Tanjai is also famous for its doll[Thalayatti Bommai].
On the way from Tanjai to my native there is another unseen bird sanctuary – Vadavur a beautiful place to spend your halt stint.
Major transport system is roadways and the very famous ECR[East coast road] goes via my native, followed by Train and Sea[Not sure about it though], closer Airport is Trichy which is 140km away,
There are buses from all major neighboring City.
We cannot find any Western junk food outlets likes Mac-D, KFC or any such kind in my native and its surroundings which is assuredly decent enough to save local touch.
Every year a 10 hour journey makes me feel refresh, a place to being myself.
Thanks for looking over my words.