Saturday, 4 October 2014

Pichavaram Mangroves Tamil Nadu

Pichavaram Journey through the Mangroves

It was on a sunny noon that I travelled with my friend from Cuddalore to Pichavaram. In my study time, I had heard about this place famous for the mangroves. With expectation kept low, we stepped into the boat. Armed with a camera and a cap to beat the heat, the boat sailed through the shallow waters. Just across the jetty there was an island with some forgotten concrete constructions.

Within minutes of boat moving from land, the boat driver explained about the mangroves. He showed the variety of species among the mangroves. Each had its own uniqueness in the seed, leaves. An interesting species had the seed capped likes a pen. Imagine that the cap remains while the pen with its sharp nib falls into a soft surface and pierces it. The seed of this particular species was shaped like it – a pen and a cap. After the seed matures, the pen part falls into the mud.

The boats man swerved his path into the ways there was depth for the boat to swim. The depth was just 3 feet or so in some areas. As the water began to go to the sea with the low tide, the fishes began to jump against the current. The small fishes jumping like frog towards land was amazing.

The place is a heaven for the bird watchers. Lots of migratory birds visit these swampy lands. The bird watchers are said to have counted around 200 species of birds here.

Along the coast the crustaceans can be found sticking to the mangrove trees. These shelled organisms give it a rocky look. The crabs can be seen running in the sand where the trees are missing. They swim in silent fashion along the coast smiling at you.

The best part of the journey was yet to begin. The sky darkened suddenly and it began to shower. The blazing sun of the morning was replaced by the dark cumulonimbus clouds that gave a lovely rain. The boat moved slowly through the narrow canals with mangroves engulfing us from both sides. As boat moved it, the denser it became. Each of us had to move, duck in the boat to save head from the strong mangrove parts.
 The dense green mangroves gave a majestic look to the place. Their reflections on the water added to the effect. These trees had saved thousands of lives when the ferocious tsunamis hit Indian Subcontinent. The forestry effort by the TN forest dept could be seen in the waters.

In case you plan a trip to Pondy, try spend a few hours probably little early in day or little late here in Pichavaram. It won’t disappoint you. 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Kamudi fort, Ramnad

Would you love to visit a fort constructed by Sethupathi Kings. This fort is located in the rural tamil nadu - in Kamudi district. From the fort the whole surroundings can be seen clearly.
 The above is an androidyfied ( modified using android photogallery editor!) photo of the fort. So is the below photo, only that contrast has been area of work in it.
 ASI is doing its bit to save the place. You can notice the repair works on the steps, walls etc..

Unless you are a historian you may not long to see this fort. But still in case you make a trip to this part of country you can have a look. To add the details, this fort is said to have been constructed with assistance from a french engineer. Veera Kattabomman stayed in this fort on way to Ramanathapuram.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Kala Jamun Syzygium cumini Portuguese Plum

Syzygium cumini has been spread overseas from India by Indian emigrants and at present is common in former tropical British colonies (source: wikipedia)

Friday, 2 May 2014

Tawang monastery Arunachal Pradesh

Tawang monastery is the largest in India. A few snapshots from this beautiful calm place. The silence, the bright colors contrasting with dark shades, cute children running around... This is a lovely place.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Sikkim Topography Landscape

Sikkim is a paradise, with its beautiful snow laden mountains and the yak dotting the ice laden surface. The stiff high cliffs rises from no where to reach the sky.The Yak is what cow is in the plains, respected and revered. Yak cheese and its better fatty acid profile are well known.