Malarikkal paddy field in Kerala's Kottayam district have become a much sought after destination off late, thanks to the water lilies (Nymphaea Stellata or ambal in local parlance) that has blanketed the vast stretch of land giving it an unearthly purple shade.
People are flocking Malarikkal for taking photos with these beauties. No wonder that popular mini-screen star Malavika Wales chose this picturesque location for her latest photoshoot.
In the photos, Malavika is seen in a purple umbrella gown that jells with the colour scheme of the surrounding. The frilled high-neck and netted bell-sleeves add to the elegance of her attire.
In the frames of celebrity photographer Mojin Thinavilayil, sitting in a row-boat set in the middle of the field, Malavika looks like celestial being conversing with her beloved flowers.
According to official counts, over 20,000 people have already visited Malarikkal in Thiruvarpu village on the outskirts of Kottayam city. Local travel agents are reportedly receiving numerous inquiries regarding the visiting hours, route and accommodation facilities in the area.
Malarikkal fields have become the favourite destination of wedding photographers and selfie-crazy youngsters. Authorities are now mooting the idea to organize an eco-tourism festival focusing on the water-lily bloom.
The best time to visit the place is between 6 am to 10 am.