Greenery amidst the concrete jungle
Purushothama Kammath has turned his land situated in the center of Kochi city into a green island.
Several medicinal plants grow abundantly in this plot which is worth crores of rupees.
The one and a half acre plot at Thammanam in Kochi is surrounded on four sides by skyscrapers. However, Kammath has not allowed the concrete jungle to enter his plot.
His ancestors who stayed in this centuries old ancestral house loved plants and agriculture. Kammath also chose the same path and planted coconut trees, arecanut palms, plantains, fruit trees and tubers around his house.
He tended the plants through organic method only. All the trees, including the Jahangir variety of mango tree which grew very big to provide shade to the house, give plenty of fruits.
Kammath's family had grown medicinal plants and preserved the knowledge about them. Hence Kammath also decided to do his part in the conservation of medicinal plants.
Rare trees like Maravuri, Karpooram, Neermathalam, Shimshipa, Rakthachandanam, Soppumaram, Madanamohini, Kamandalu, several varieties of Rudraksham, Nagalingam, Kilinjaval, Thambakam, Black Kunthirikkam, Medha, Mahamedha, Pookkaitha, Thatiri, Bodhi tree, Star trees, Ilantha, Kunkilyam grow at the land along with 150 fruit giving trees. Among these trees are 34 varietes of mango , several jackfruit trees including Valliplavu (excellent for mumps) Malaveppu, three varieties of Athi, Kokam, Vennapazham, Kara, Kolamaram, several guava trees, Narakam and Pista.
Nine varieties of Thulasi, Analivegam, Keerikizhangu, Theeppala, Churakkalli, Modakam, Karimuthaku, Ayyappan, Njarambodal, Peenari, Kattamruthu, Kattukachil, Ekanayakam, Kallurvanchi, Attuvanchi, Guggulu, Orilathamara, Garudapacha and Samudrapacha are some of the rare medicinal plants grown by Kammath. Kammath uses the water from the pond in his plot for watering the plants. Though Kammath took up the conservation of medicinal plants as a hobby, it has become his life mission now.