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Andhakaranazhi: exploring the countryside in a day

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Andhakaranazhi: exploring the countryside in a day The tranquil backwaters meet the Arabian Sea here. Photo: Onmanorama

The idea of traveling is not just about seeing new places. It is also about having the perfect travel partner. A person with a sound sense of direction and a penchant for getting lost would be an ideal bet.

Andhakaranazhi: exploring the countryside in a day The lighthouse and the tranquil village. Photo: Anish P. Tom

Andhakaranazhi, a small coastal village in Alappuzha. around 30 kiloemeters from Kochi is an ideal getaway. If you hit the road route to Alappuzha from Kottayam, the ride will transport you to a different world altogether. Amid the waterlogged paddy fields, houses look like tiny islands. 

Andhakaranazhi: exploring the countryside in a day The drive to Andhakaranazhi was peaceful and scenic. Photo: Anish P. Tom

As you drive by, you see local vendors selling ducks and fresh fish on the roadsides. Toddy shops are a major attraction of the place. 

Andhakaranazhi: exploring the countryside in a day The rustic village charm. Photo: Anish P. Tom

The famous Arthunkkal church en route is a major attraction en route. The ancient 7th-century church is made of wood. The new church in the compound is also a visual treat. Andhakaranazhi is about 20 minutes drive from the church.  

Andhakaranazhi: exploring the countryside in a day Arthunkkal Church. Photo: Onmanorama

What does it offer?  

Andhakaranazhi is where the backwaters meet the Arabian Sea. Azhi is the Malayalam word for an estuary. It is a laidback village in Cherthala Taluk in Alappuzha district. It is ideal to reach Andhakaranazhi early in the morning or late in the evening. The Kerala government has set up a mini-fishing harbor and beyond that stands the Manakodam Lighthouse.  

There is a small walkway by the beach with refreshment shops next to it. It is an ideal place to wind down after a busy work week and watch the sunset. If there's no high tide alert, you can even venture into the sea.  

Andhakaranazhi: exploring the countryside in a day The walkway and the resting place. Photo: Onmanorama

A drive to the lighthouse will enthrall you, for it's pristine and relaxing. You'll also have to drive past a railway crossing and a newly-built bridge. Walk around and you will see paddy fields and shrimp farms. 

Andhakaranazhi: exploring the countryside in a day Our trusted partner. Photo: Anish P. Tom

If you stay anywhere near Kottayam, Kochi, and Alappuzha, and are looking for a place for a quick outing with family, Andhakaranazhi is the perfect spot.   Enjoy the peace and quiet, take selfies by the waterbodies and paddy fields. A visit to Andhakaranazhi is the perfect way to explore the rustic side of 'God's own country'.  

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