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.
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.
Oriental Magpie Robin
Asian Paradise Flycatcher
Indian Peafowl, Male & Female
Pied Bushchat, Male & Female
Common Tailor Bird
Green Bee Eater
Asian Koel, Male & Female
Rose Ringed Parakeet, Male & Female
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!