After a traditional lunch in a hotel at Mahabs, we left the place to our next destination which was app 160kms again on the Coramandal coast. Just 7 kms on our route, we overshot a road which had an indicator 'Kadampadi- rural tourism village'. We suddenly placed this village to the TDC Brochure.
When i picked the brochure at Mahabalipuram, it listed some of the nearby tourist places. One of them was Kadampadi - The two liner about this place described it as a rural toursim village where one could experience village life, a coracle ride, farming , bullock cart ride, village menu , folk dance etc,. It sounded interesting, we decided to dirty our feet and soak in some village air. We reversed the vehicle and drove into the road which led us to a muddy track flanked by emerald green fields like these. But sadly, this project seems like a failure which was promoted in 2007 by the Indian government to promote a slice of rustic life to foreigners and domestic tourists. We found from a villager that this village tourism is not active throughout the year now and happens only during the 3 days of pongal. Having come thus far, we decided to explore. The H and sonny boy went up the tank bund to find no coracles in the lake. We spent some lazy moments gazing at the villagers working in the fields and enjoyed the cool breeze.
the cabbage patches
cluster beans creepers, brinjal plants
It encourages kitchen gardens to be grown in old paint buckets, ice cream tubs and other old recylable plastic containers.
We passed through many scenic places like mudaliarkuppam where the road was flanked by the bay on one side and the back waters on the other. Just like land farming, shrimps and prawn cultivation took place in the back water farms. Passing through these interesting places, we finally reached one of my favorite town which popular the world over but made more popular now. Thanks to the acclaimed movie 'The life of Pi'. I have visited this place around 8 times and have also blogged about it. But i still have so much to see and say about this beautiful place.
In my next post.