Ezhikkara: Of lagoons, paddy fields and greenery

Ezhikkara is where my Tharavad (ancestral home) is. As kids, this is where we got together and spent most of our school vacations. A small village with lagoons and lush greenery, this place has still managed to maintain its old world charm.
I was there a couple of days ago with my son and niece, and managed to click a few pictures as we walked through narrow embankments surrounding the paddy fields. How come it took me these many years to really appreciate the beauty of this place?

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Clear blue sky, puffy white clouds, calm waters: Could there be a more perfect day than this?
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Walking over a ‘mini dam’ – a bund that’s used to regulate the flow of water
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It’s all green out here!
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Take your sights off the narrow pathway, and you could end up in water. Careful!
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Ever seen heaven? No? Well, here it is.
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The Chinese fishing nets – Did you know they were introduced here by the Portuguese, and not the Chinese?
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Walk in to fish!
Returning to reality. Time well spent!
Returning to reality. Time well spent!