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Rainy Days in Oceangreen Kannur

Day 18 (R) ~ #BlogchatterA2Z

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Rain reminds me of Kerala. Lush coconut trees, pathways filled with water, everywhere you see there is water and more water.

We visited Oceangreen Homestay to experience the onset of Monsoons last year. Although everyone cautioned against it, the heart wants what the heart wants. The house is located near Adikadalayi village, Kannur. It is a typical Kerala style house –  red-tiled roofs, red floors, relaxing arm chairs in the balcony, and fragrance of coconut oil in the kitchen courtyard. Nestled in a coconut grove, this house seems straight out of a Anitha Nair novel, maybe Alphabet Soup for Lovers. 

“This is the world. Half of it is lit by the sun and the other half remains in darkness. It is the same with life. There is good and bad and it’s our duty to remain in the light, be good.” 
― Anita Nair, Ladies Coupe

Additionally, the home stay has a unique fish pond in the courtyard with a kitchen garden above it on an iron platform. The water from the fish pond is pumped to the garden where it is filtered through the soil and sent back to the pond. This acts as a fertilization and water filtration mechanism. I was thrilled to see such a nice green initiative in a place which as it is gets water and nature in all its abundance.

The home stay offers very basic but clean rooms. The central court yard has a table and some books that travelers have left behind. Our favorite corner was the spread out balcony – we would lounge there and watch the rain pour down over the garden plants and the coconut grove.

Beautiful beach – I can’t believe you are all mine!

The sea is a mere 50 meters away. As you walk through the coconut grove in front of the house, you come upon a scenic estuary with a bridge over it. After a short walk and climb over a stone embankment – you discover an endless stretch of sand and azure sky.  All day long, the beach remains deserted. Once we saw a lone fisherman who braved the rain. In the evenings, some village lads play football in the beach. It presents a postcard image.

The sea is at times violent, given the monsoon season. The pristine white shore with some picturesque rock formations in the distance is perfect for long walks. Sitting and watching this marvel at play is any sea lover’s delight. Spending that monsoon at  Oceangreen Home stay is a fond memory for me, like biting into a slice of raw mango – scintillating, thrilling and sheer delight to the senses.

Luscious vegetable stalls – overflowing with abundance

The sound of useless rain in the desolate courtyard

Makes me more alone

If you were here, if you were only here

My blood cries out to you all night in vain

As sleepless as the rain.

Sara Teasdale

Rocky coastline
Aquaponics a form of sustainable agriculture that uses fish waste as a fertilizer for plants. It mimics nature along every waterway present on earth.
“Every night there is something to ruminate on. The vagrant mind knows no boundaries. It leaps” 
― Anita Nair, Goodnight and God Bless


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