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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.