Thursday, 20 January 2011

Rengasamudram

Rengasamudram


About 1 hour drive from Tirunelveli, a famous South Indian town, is a village by the name Rengasamudram. This was the birth place of my dad and our Kula Deivam (Family Deity) temple is the Srinivasa Perumal Temple in this beautiful village.

Off late we have made it a point to visit this place every year and we started the year 2011 by visiting this temple on the first week of Jan. I have heard from my dad and uncle (dad’s elder brother) that the village used to surrounded by paddy fields everywhere and all you can see is only green carpet spread on all four directions. A branch from the Tambaraparani River flows through the village and makes it flourish with everything. The village used to be neat and clean and each and every person knows everyone in the village as there were not anything more than a 100 to 150 families.

But all these are of the golden past. Some 40 years ago. Now almost of this beauty have become history and the only saving grace is the temple and the ashram. The temple is being maintained by the priest and his family who resides next to the temple with some aide from people like us who have migrated to different parts of the world. One should keep in mind that the only source of religious activities and income for the priest is from donations by people!

The Ashram is being administered by the trustees, but there are not much of religious activities like before, as there is no religious guru at the moment. Having said that, the moment one enters this place you cannot help appreciating the beauty and serenity of this place. Trust me when I say that the sun rays will not enter this place much even during peak summer. Such is the beauty of this place. Especially if you are a nature lover, you will never feel like leaving this place.

There were also quite a lot of birds in Rengasamudram include some beautiful migratory birds. Here is a list of birds that I was able to spot during my very short visit here. I am sure there would have been more, but I did not have enough time to spot them. Even among the ones that I spotted I was not able to photograph everything. Now here is the list.

Indian Robin
Oriental Magpie Robin
Brahminy Starling
Common Myna
Cattle Egret
Little Egret
White-Breasted Waterhen
Asian Paradise Flycatcher
Indian Peafowl, Male & Female
Spotted Dove
Pied Bushchat, Male & Female
Purple Sunbird
Common Tailor Bird
Green Bee Eater
Jungle Babbler
White-throated Kingfisher
Asian Koel, Male & Female
Greater Coucal
Brahminy Kite
Rose Ringed Parakeet, Male & Female
Coppersmith Barbet
House Crows
House Sparrows

Keep in mind that I spotted all this when we were attending the function at the temple and then relaxing at the ashram and not intended to a bird watching! This is about the same number that I spotted in Lalbagh, Bangalore last year when I went all alone dedicatedly for bird watching. Of course being the first time then, I did not spot much.

I should also mention that peacocks and peahens were as common as crows and hens, adding absolute beauty to the place. That should tell what a heaven this place is. I am sure if one goes there dedicatedly for bird watching they can come up with quite a long list.

The problem with this place is that it does not have any facility. Even if one has to buy medicines, they have to come to Ambasamudram which is about 5kms from here. There are only about 30 houses and only 10 or so usable ones. So if you are planning a trip to this place, the nearest accommodation will be available only in Ambasamudram. If you are looking for decent hotels, you will have to stay in Tirunelveli which is about an hour drive from here.

Overall an awesome place for a one day visit if you are intending a peaceful day off and to be inter tangled with nature!


17 comments:

molarbear's posts said...

Wonderful post and pics...about a wonderful place! I don't know if I will ever be able to go there...but now I've e-visited, thanks to you.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

What wonderful photographs, Ram! It sounds like you should make a trip there only for bird watching. Such a large number of birds you saw, and you weren't even looking :-) Your mention of peacocks reminds me of our vacation in Hawaii. The travel book tells of a place where you will see peacocks crossing the road. We passed by that portion of the road many times and never saw one peacock!

Ram said...

@Deepa: Thanks

@Linda: It is very odd that we do not see what we are expecting to see.
This past weekend I went to a bird sanctuary hoping to see lots of birds. There were lots of birds indeed, but not these many species. At least I did not count these many!

Ram

Sujata said...

Wow amazing pictures...thank you for sharing.

joshidaniel.com said...

excellent bokehs in the bird images!

Ram said...

@Sujata: Thanks

@Joshie: Thanks, coming from you, that is really inspiring for me..

sm said...

beautiful post with beautiful pics

Team G Square said...

lovely pics , Thanks for sharing .

Ram said...

Thanks sm and Team G Square

Prabhakaran said...

wow.. lovely place.. nice photos.i think these are all resident birds. so any time one can visit this place. there is no season to visit. now i am planning to visit on next month!!

Kappu said...

The pic with the peacock was just impeccable! great work as always!

Ram said...

@Prabhakaran: Thanks Prabhakaran. You can visit the place anytime..

@Kappu: Thanks for visiting. Keep giving your suggestions.

Ram

சங்கர் said...

ராம்,

நானும் இந்த ஊரில் பிறந்து வளர்ந்தவன் தான், நீங்கள் இப்போது எங்கே இருக்கிறீர்கள்? சென்னை?

anand siva said...

Hi! My name is anand siva, live in mumbai. My driver pandyan, son of thangapandi is from this village & has spoken a lot about it. seems like a beautiful place!

anand siva said...

Hi! My name is anand siva, live in mumbai. My driver pandyan, son of thangapandi is from this village & has spoken a lot about it. seems like a beautiful place!

the_boss said...

dear all
i m happy to see my favourite village in net with this much comments.
my kuladeivam is ranasamudram perumal only.
since more that 50~60 years...my grand father & his siblings, my father & his siblings celebrate karuda sevai..every year 2nd saturday of puratasi month.
this not only temple function..it is our family get together also.
all family people whichever part of India...will come & meet on these two days and enjoy with prayers.
thanks for exploring the beauty of rangasamudram in this site.
Ramkumar from Trichy.

Ramasubramaniyan Krishnamoorthy said...

Hi Sankar, Anand and Boss, my sincere apologies for not responding before. Did not get any notifications for your comments and hence mused it.
I live in Chennai and visit Rangasamudram once a year. I will be vising our temple tomorrow morning for the Vaikunta Ekadasi.

Ram