Have you ever been to a place where you just step in and fall in love with it? Yeah! That's what I felt whenever I went to Kerala. It's my homeland (Yup! Blessed) and no matter where you go in Kerala you are sure to find nature's mesmerizing beauty everywhere. One similar place is Pullu Village or Thrissur Kole Wetlands.
This place is spread over 13,632 hectares in Thrissur and Malappuram districts and is a Ramsar site. This village basically famous for its rice paddy fields, bird watching, and fishing. It gives 40% of Kerala’s rice requirement.
The Pullu village has a population of 1196. It's a small village where people usually are farmers. Because of narrow roads, only two-wheelers can easily reach here. Taking a bike ride through this village can be a fun activity to do when you are in Thrissur, Kerala. It is a 1-hour ride from Guruvayur Railway station to reach the Pullu Village. The Kole Wetlands is one of largest, highly productive and threatened wetlands in Kerala. The word Kole is a Malayalam word and means that a bumper yield. It is a particular cultivation method adopted in wastelands in Thrissur District from December to May which otherwise is submerged from June to November, half of the year.
What To Expect In Thrissur Kole Wetland?
A Birdwatchers’ Paradise
As an added bonus to the photographers and nature lover's the Pullu-Manakkody Kole fields offers thousands of variety of migratory birds coming here every month. The Pullu-Manakkody Kole fields are a preferred destination of migratory birds. It comes in the Central Asian Flyway of migratory birds. It is the third largest habitat in the country, after Chilika Lake in Odisha and Amipur Tank in Gujarat, in terms of the number of birds.
A low-lying track, 0.5-1 m below sea level, the Kole fields, which has around 250 species of birds, has been recognized as one of India’s important bird areas by BirdLife International.
Go For Fishing
When there are no rice cultivation people usually do fish farming here. Running parallel to the coast, it also has a huge fish wealth. You can find the variety of fishes here that you can catch for a fun activity to do when you are there. Also the four-km ride from Manakkodi to Pullu, through the Kole fields, is another heavenly experience.
Enjoy Mesmerizing Sunset
The Kole field has this mesmerizing view of the sunrise and sunset. During the holiday season, hundreds of people visit here to watch the beautiful sunset. It is totally a rejuvenating feeling. You can stand your bike there near the fields and take a pause to enjoy and soak the nature's beauty.
Enjoy Delicious Street Food
Going back from Pullu you can look for some street food around the corner where you can find a real authentic rural taste of Kerala. The street food stalls have a variety of dishes mostly non-veg and few veg options.
Hope you enjoyed reading this little information about the rural yet mesmerizing side of Kerala.
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