The Pope, the King and the village called Manapad
Manapad village, Manapad, India
The Pope, the King and the village called Manapad Reviews
Religiously connected. Sep 30, 2012
Manapad is a beautiful village near Tuticorin and Tiruchendur on the way towards Kanyakumari which is unknown to the world simply because it has not been focused to the world as an interesting tourist destination.Void of hotels and other tourist neccesities connected only by road it is situated along the backwaters and river mouth on one end, the sea on the other and a huge sand dune.This village was a place of refuge to a community of deep sea divers and fisher folk who were at one time massacred at the instance of Arabian Muslim traders for merely a few pennies per head and that too only because they wanted a rise in pay for pearl diving.The villagers sought the protection of the Portuguese who in turn baptized them and adopted them into the Christian fold by sending their navy from Cochin thus ending the massacre which was tacitly supported by the then Hindu king Marthanda Verman of Travancore. St.Francis Xavier thus came to this village and began the missionary work by staying at a cave just along side the sea which is still intact and safe.The Pope directed a church to be built and so did the King of Portugal.It was thereafter followed by another chapel and church right on the highest point of the sand dune from where the view of the land and sea is breath taking.
The people of the locality always visit the church atop the dune and walk to the cave of St.Francis offer a small prayer and spend a few hours here but in spite of all this you cannot find a hotel or shop to stay or refresh or spend time on the beach.
The Parish festival is a massive event and the Portuguese traditional march past with the glorified cross is a unique feature in this Tamil community.
As this village is situated in the Bay of Manapad a very important coral reef and breeding ground for fishes,a light house was built by the British to warn ships from sailing into the rocky coastline during the 18th century.
With so much to tell and so much to see I fail to understand why this place is not patronized by the Government as a tourist destination.
However whenever my friends and relatives are around on their trip to Kanyakumari the southern most tip of India,I always host them and recommend them to visit this unique place too along with their other destinations marked in their itenary.
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