Bay of Manapad
Kooduthalzhai, Manapad, India
Bay of Manapad Reviews
The coast I love May 17, 2013
I loved this coast as a kid when I used to spend my summer vacations and my love to visit it again and again never dies.I had blogged this site earlier and wish to recapitulate on the very words written.
The coast of Tuticorin and Tirunelveli measures about 90 Kms and is dotted with fishing hamlets with catholic churches dating back to the 15th century.The Portuguese saved the people in the villages during a ethnic clash and the coastal population came to be baptized and protected ever since.St. Francis Xavier has visited the Manapad village and the village alone has three churches one built by the Pope, one by the king of Portugal and one by the locals.The wonderful churches and the villages built around them all along the coast,are 100% fishing villages and the fishermen still use country boats and traditional fishing methods.Many of them for long have become seamen and work abroad too.Alwarez,Gomez,Fernando,Pinheiro, Machado and many other Portuguese names are still prominent here and it is a quite life for the people in the hot humid sun, sand and rough sea.The coast which is in the tail end of the bay of Bengal,the gulf of Mannar is called the gulf of Manapad and shares the waters with Sri lanka which is just 60 miles across.The sea has coral reefs, the Dudong whale, turtles parrot fishes, natural corals,barnacles and sea algae weeds were abundant but are slowly dying out due to mineral mining companies and industries dumping their chemical acid sand and waste into the sea.These species are endangered I am saddened at the fact that people are not so very sympathetic towards the environment.Turtles are getting trapped in modern fishing gear and becoming extinct due to unauthorized fishing methods used by some politically influential fishermen.
This time around I heard about a stranded Dolphin but the dolphin needed no help and disappeared even before the people got there to help it back into sea.I liked the coast and the people and hence this blog is dedicated to them and to those who are concerned about the environment and the people living along the sea coast.
Part of the The coast of Tuticorin to Kanya Kumari district travel blog
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