Lying exclusively around 10-12 km away from the main Kochi city, this exotic beach speaks of a delightful environment stretched on along 10km. As a region of Vypin Island, this beautiful beach is the right place to explore serenity at its best. It was our first wedding anniversary that I and my husband decided to visit this beach. What made us like this particular beach were its majestic sunsets and sunrises that invited every couple to indulge in the scenic beauty spread by the rays of the rising or descending sun. Being a quiet beach, it allowed us to make the most of our time by taking romantic walks and lazing under the natural tree shades.
With a romantic start to the trip, we moved on to visit two of the most famous temples in Kochi City – Cherai Gowreeshwara Temple and Azheekal Sree Varaha Temple. As the main Hindu temple, Gowreeshwara Temple is the only one with Chaturmukha as in Sree Kovil with four side doors. What we found was the simplicity reflecting high beauty in terms of decorations and the priests asked us to remove one side of our shirt while keeping the other side while visiting the temple. Though photography was prohibited in the temple; I was clever enough to take some. I was really stricken by the awe-inspiring beauty of the temple and the devotedness of Keralites.
Since, I and my friend were fortunate enough to visit it during the festival time; we came to know that Gowreeshwara Temple Festival is the main occasion in Ernakulum. What made us feel amazed was the elephant march. Indeed, every elephant was decorated in such a way as if they are real human being. From there on, we both moved on to Sree Varaha Temple that was a complete temple of “Nagara Type” in South India. Inside the temple, we saw all the seven lords of Gowda Saraswat Brahmins belonging to Kerala. Though, the temple houses a beautiful idol of Sree Varaha; it also serves as a place for communal discussions and practice of religious rituals.
After an exotic visit to the beach and these two temples, we really felt blessed by the god. It is because of this reason that we loved been in the town of Kochi. Apart from this, we also visited Fort Kochi beach, churches and market places for knowing the cultural practices of the people of Kerala. Moving back to our hotels in Fort Kochi, we were welcomed by the friendly staff with a sumptuous dinner at the restaurant of the hotel. Feasting on the South Indian delicacies, we really felt being a part of God’s Own Country. The other day we packed the bags and left the hotel with heavy heart as we were not really willing to leave such a wonderful tourist place that has surrounding hills, beach areas and historical monuments.