English tourists spellbound by Mannarasala serpent temple's charm
Haripad (Alappuzha): When a team of six tourists from England saw the serpent gods’ temple surrounded by large shady trees, they were literally spellbound. The tourists arrived at the Mannarasala Nagaraja Temple here on Tuesday afternoon and was attracted by its divine charm.
Stephany, Wayne, Darry, Tony, Jane and Martin were members of the tourist team. It was their tour guide Nishant Rana from Delhi who informed them about the serpent temple. He had visited here many times before.
When the guide narrated the customs in the temple, it attracted the foreign tourists and they decided to pay a visit to Mannarasala. They walked around the temple as the shrine was closed when they arrived and watched the serpent deities in the ‘Kaavu’ that surrounds the temple.
When they arrived at Mannarasala, the preparations for Ayilyam Festival was progressing. The decorations in the temple premises evoked their curiosity and they were told that the temple festival will be conducted on November 1. The tourists seemed sad for not being able to stay here till the date.
They had started the Kerala tour from Kovalam. They travelled by cycle upto Kollam via Varkala. Then they voyaged in a houseboat from Kollam to Kuttanadu. Then they resumed the cycle journey till Kochi and later came to Mannarasala via Alappuzha.
The team also have plans for boat rides through the backwaters. They will return to England by the beginning of November. All of them are working in different fields and this is their first trip to Kerala. They promised that they will come to Kerala once again as they loved the God’s Own Country.