Estuary, mangroves, new Bridge; Visit the 'Heaven' on Valiyazheekkal

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Silanthi trees were shading the canal, and the tree cover was like a boat jetty. We were accompanied by the adventurous swimmer Dolphin Ratheesh, a Guinness world record winner who was the guide of our journey to Valiyazheekkal in Alappuzha.

The journey to the backwaters started from the canal as fishing nets spread across both sides. After passing the bridge, we went straight and took a right. It took us to the world of mangroves after passing the government fish farm. A land of diversity awaited us at Ayiramthengu.

The fishermen were cleaning their nets, and two people were making food on our other side. Our speedboat glided through the waves towards Valiyazheekal as it entered the harbour. The fish auction fair had already begun as we could see Kannadikars with their babies in 'kuttavanchi' (coracle boat).

After enjoying the sights of the Valiazheekal bridge, we anchored our boat near the boat jetty. There, we found a Shikara boat preparing to set off with some passengers. We walked straight to the beach, and there was a crowd of people playing on the beach at noon. This shallow beach which has a 'pulimutt' (a rock path that led to the sea) will allure all with its beautiful landscape. We can take walk up to one kilometre into the sea through the 'pulimutt'. The nature of the ocean will change fast, so, If the lifeguard says don't go, then don't. Then, we walked through the 'pulimutt' and enjoyed dolphins jumping in the sea.

A small plant in between the rocks near the pulimutt caught our attention from the boats and lighthouse. It is Noni which is an ayurvedic plant with a disgusting smell. Ratheesh said that the juice of the plant mixed with fruit tastes good. When we entered the bridge, we experienced a different view, with the sea, backwaters and land forming a beach beauty. It was a perfect spot for enjoying the sunset.

The view from the lighthouse is something special, and yes, Azheekal and Valiyazheekal invite us to the shores of beautiful sights.

During Saturdays, Sundays and other holidays, plenty of visitors visit this beautiful land which is nothing short of heaven on earth. Traffic blocks are common due to the small road and the reckless driving of visitors. There are problems with parking too.

Private spaces are allotted for paid parking. We can also depend on K.S.R.T.C bus services as there are services to Karunagapalli after the bridge's construction. The journey in these buses is also a good option for sightseeing. Two speed boats and one Shikara boat are available here for the rides through the backwaters. The ticket rate is Rs 200 per person for boating. Delta boats are also providing a special package with seafood. For booking contact: 9946002800

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