Kasaragod: Muhammad Ashraf alias Achu and his wife Sulaikha have constructed a beautiful ‘Erumadam’ (tree house) near their house at Paravanadukkam here amid the lockdown. The couple decided to build the ‘Erumadam’ to keep their children entertained during the summer holidays that turned boring with lockdown.
Achu and his wife started the work on March 23, the second day of lockdown. Their family members also helped them to construct the tree house on the land close to their house. The ‘Erumadam’ got ready within two days as relatives and neighbours assisted the family to get arecanut tree and braid coconut leaves. Only coir was purchased from the shop. All other materials were collected from their own land.
Neighbours Ismail and Safarullah had given the arecanut trees to Achu and family for the ‘Erumadam’ construction. Sulaikha’s brother Shareef, wife Asmeena and sister Suhara’s son Ahras braided the coconut leaves for the work.
The children namely Aseem, Aleeza, Siyahur Rahman and Liza Fathima are having a great time inside the ‘Erumadam’.
This place has turned a tourist spot for the natives here. Neighbours started to visit the ‘Erumadam’ to be relaxed under the soothing shade here.
“Earlier, we planned to have a seating arrangement with bamboo in the background of a beautiful garden. Later, we had the idea of constructing the ‘Erumadam’ and finally we did it,” said Achu.
The ‘Erumadam’ which is only found in tourist spots and forest ranges is giving a novel experience to the young generation who always spend time in the virtual world with mobile phone and computer.