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The village of Malarikkal in Kerala grew acres of Water lilies

Aces of paddy fields full of pink water lilies are only visible in August and September months.

Water Lilies
Water Lilies in Kerala (image source: Wikimedia Commons)

Malarikkal village in the Kottayam district of Kerala was popularized by the tourists through social media posts where they posted pictures of water lilies that are grown in the village. The peak months of August and September for the tourists have shown no signs of tourists due to the COVID restrictions.

Tourists flock to this village to see the scenes beautified by the pink water lilies spread through wide areas on the water bodies. During August and September, the water lilies bloom to their fullest. There are approximately 600 acres of fields full of pink water lilies.

This season has been empty of tourists due to the lockdown restrictions and the beautiful scene has been missed by lot of tourists. According to the last year’s data, there were around 80,000 tourists who visited the village of Malaraikkal. This year, the tour operators were expecting bigger numbers due to the festival of Onam.

The village is still not safely accessible for the tourists because of the rising number of cases and no outsiders are being allowed to enter Kerala. In the coming week, the festival of Onam will be celebrated with the local people instead of a large number of tourist gatherings.

Locals have collectively decided not the allow tourists for their own safety. The tourism industry has also suffered greatly in Kerala. 

The following YouTube video from “Dream Catchers_Vlogs” channel shows the village of Malarikkal Village and the fields of Water Lilies.

 

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