Kadamkudi, A untouched beauty close to Cochin

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Kadamakudi is a small island like landmass off Varapuzha Panchayath . This place is at the mouth of the estuary of the Varapuzha river that flows into the Arabian Sea. Hence the place is surrounded by swampy low lying areas.

My first tyrst with this place was when the local people there conducted a Football tournament in their school ground back in 1998. As I went to play there, I realized, in this about 60 meter long pitch, there were atleast 6 coconut trees. Being the captain of the team, we called it Butterflies, I used to come down from Chengannur Engineering College on weekends to play the tournament matches. We won the tournament, my first as a captain. More than the victory, my freekicks that curved between the trees, catching the blindspot of the opposing goal keeper, ensured I scored the goals and became the man of the match. End of the day, the sweetest memory of the victory was when 6 years later when I was purchasing something at a car shoppe, one of the workers there came and enquired if I still play soccer or not and I was surprised. He told me he was a spectator of our feats in that ground so many years back and could not forget me.

I never knew that I had made such an impact. I was happy for what we acheived. More than victory, we had won the hearts of the spectators...

My next visit to Kadamkudi was for Swimming.

Swimming was something I did not know. In 1998 when we had decided to go for our s3 trip to black thunder water theme park at Coimbatore, I had to learn swimming. Here was my chance to prove to the girls in my class some skills :). Alas I only learnt how to dog paddle... It did not help me much when I jumped the canon shot and fell into 10 feet deep water and struggled to reach the side of the pool. I watched Riya, Diya and Amit easily swim to the sides to my dismay. Like I said then "Konjum Konjum Nenthal therima".

After that it has been either to accompany my local friends to a good toddy shop there or else to just sight see.

The backwaters around Kadamkudi is auctioned for lease contract of one year. Its used to cultivate shrimps and crabs during the summer seasons and paddy is grown during the rainy seasons. I have known a few millionaires who made their money there and others who have lost a lot of money in this gamble. But best thing is I gotten a good supply of free shrimps and fish during the time as every year one of my uncles friend would surely take his gamble!

Kadamakudi is just about 4 km from my home. So today I decided to go there and enjoy nature for what it is. Here are a few pictures of the place. With the kind of pollution you see in and around Cochin, this is a solace to the eyes and fresh air...

[img_assist|nid=96|title=Kadamakudi during rainy season|desc=Its Paddy Field now.. specially for the rainy season|link=none|align=left|width=600|height=480]

[img_assist|nid=97|title=Kadamakudi 2|desc=Yet another picture of the rainy days at kadamkudi..are not the fields so beautiful in their greenery!|link=none|align=left|width=600|height=480]

[img_assist|nid=98|title=Kadamakudi 3|desc=A few chinese nets lying bear by the streams that supply water to these fields.|link=none|align=left|width=600|height=480]

[img_assist|nid=99|title=Kadamakudi 4|desc=Water supply to the fields. This gets filled with salt water during high tide of summer seasons.|link=none|align=left|width=600|height=480]

[img_assist|nid=101|title=Kadamakudi 5|desc=A few shrubs that mark the boundary between the different fields..|link=none|align=left|width=600|height=480]

[img_assist|nid=102|title=Kadamakudi 6|desc=Another angle view of the place..a lot of water since the rains were good this time|link=none|align=left|width=600|height=480]

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