It was a special evening for us. We were in Cherai, a small fishing town very near Kochi in Kerala. The morning had seen us enjoy some breathtaking Zen moments in the Kerala Backwaters Boat Cruise in Kochi. The day was special as it was our wedding anniversary and we hoped to make the evening as magical as the morning.
We inquired about nearby attractions from the helpful staff of Le Petit Elephant, Kochi, the hotel that we had made our temporary home and were told that there was a good place where we could watch a lovely sunset. It was just about 4 Kilometers from the hotel. So the Auto Rickshaw or Tuk-Tuk which had taken us to Vypin Lighthouse in Kochi, the previous day was commissioned and off we went spinning away to keep our evening rendezvous with the Sun.
Munambam Beach, Kochi
Munambam Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Kochi. It is near Munambam Fishing Harbour in Vypin Island and off Cherai beach. This beach is considered ideal for kite flying. We reached our destination – Munambam Beach, Kochi (also known as Munambam Beach Suvarna Theeram) in quick time and were pleasantly surprised to see a newly built promenade jutting out into the sea and the Sun still high up, casting an orange haze over the place. The place was almost empty and had a couple of small stalls that sold Icecream and salted snacks. On the left side of the promenade was a stretch of beach that was invitingly empty.
We walked on the Munambam Beach, Kochi promenade for some time and as the sun started to go down the place assumed an ethereal glow. Locals now started sauntering in for an evening walk, but the place was still far from being crowded. We moved towards the edge of the promenade and watched the fishing boats slowly making their way home with their catch.
We watched the Chinese Fishing nets looming against the setting sun and casting a melancholy shadow on the sea. We watched some old fishermen with their fishing rods angling for trout, seated on the water-washed rocks by the sea.
As the Sun gradually started its descent into the sea, we moved towards the beach and were charmed by a rickety and crude wooden bench that seemed to have been designed specially to get a vantage view of the spectacular evening show organized by Nature.
After indulging in a few photo opportunities we moved further down and sank into the soft sand on the Munambam Beach. We spied a white bird playing with the waves, running with the ebb to catch its prey. It looked so busy, we could not resist a smile. Of course, we could not identify the bird, considering that none of us were blessed with the instincts of an Ornithologist.
The sea had now assumed a golden sheen as the sun got closer and closer to it. A fishing boat sailed in a spectacular silhouette, we were spell- bound by what we saw.
Neither of us spoke, there was no need to speak. Seated on the soft sand, side by side, we watched the majesty of the sea. The waves lapped at our legs in a rhythmic fashion and ebbed away, only to return again and again. The waves dancing their perennial dance, the sun setting with an ethereal glow, the shadows of the boats in the distance. All conspired together to weave a web of magic that had us enthralled.
As we sat transfixed, gazing at the lovely panorama that was unfolding in front of us, we felt strangely elated and one with the Sea, the sand, the sun and the sky. We felt we were one with Nature and exulted in those lovely moments of Nirvana at Munambam Beach, Kochi.
We etched the name of VOYAGER on the sands in front of us and prayed that the name would also be etched on the sands of time.
The Sun, by this time, was so close to the waters of the Sea on the horizon, that he could almost kiss them. And then the Sun disappeared behind a curtain of clouds and a pall of gray enveloped the earth. As always waves of melancholia swept over us. We got this feeling of having lost something, a part of time itself. Another day had passed into oblivion. At the same time we once again felt humbled by the awe-inspiring beauty of Mother Nature and thanked our stars for the wonderful and magical time we had been privileged with.
The blackness of the night soon crept on us and we made our way back to the promenade which was brilliantly lit up, by this time. A few fishing boats came cruised by with their lights on. We could see the fishermen chatting animatedly and cheerfully, obviously satisfied with the work that they had accomplished for the day and happy to return home after a hard day’s work.
Do check out our video on how we experienced Nirvana as the Sunset in Munambam Beach, Kochi.
We walked to the waiting Auto Rickshaw and were transported back to our hotel in quick time. We felt richer with the magical experiences of the day and thought, “what more can a traveler ask for”?
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