Ecotourism at Kumbla: South Indian River Mouth Mangrove
Ideal nature walk
Love for nature and natural habitat is part of our life, as we too are part of the ecosystem on earth. Evergreen habitat, particularly in the river mouth area are harboring not only endemic life but also the migratory visitors. Kumbla river is such an ecotourism destination by the Kumbla town near Mangaluru in South India. It is situated in the northernmost district of Kerala, but, it inherits culture from erstwhile South Canara of Karnataka. This area is also a part of the well-known region - Tulu Nadu. A plain path by the side of the river provides you with mental happiness and pure oxygen for a healthy walk.
The Kumbla riverside walk is about one and a half kilometer long from the Kumbla bus stand. Kumbla is a village town of Kumbla panchayat where most of the basic facilities are available at a reasonable cost. Passenger buses ply from Mangalore to Kumbla on the way to Kasaragod. It is by the national highway number 66. The place is also well connected by the railway line on the Mangalore Central to Shoranur junction route. Passenger trains stop for a minute in the Kumbla railway station.
It is an ideal destination for a nature walk which can be started from the Kumbla Temple. Kumbla temple deity is the Lord Sri Gopala Krishna. If you are not interested in paying a visit to the temple, you can start the nature walk right in front of the temple by the downside road. The road leads up to the lower portion of the Kumbla National Highway bridge near the fishing jetty. From there, there is an anti-skid walkway, which is even without any undulating landscape.
Advantages of the location
It can be intimate to nature without distractions,
Persons of any age can enjoy,
No need for special clothing,
Can combine pilgrimage with eco-tourism, and
Climate is not severely harsh at any time of the year.
A rain cast day by the mangrove in Kumbla
You may start your joyful walk from the fishing jetty area and you can walk up to Kanchikatta bridge which is one and a half kilometer, ending near the bridge cum check dam of Kanchikatta. It will be an amazing experience to walk by the river banks. An umbrella and a water bottle are the needed items to cope up with the temperature and humidity of the area. You may pick it up from the Kumbla town shops. You may also drive-in with a cab to half the distance.
Mangroves harbors biodiversity
Another very attractive elements of this nature walk will be the mangrove forest. It may not be a big forest, but, it can be termed a thicket because it extends only a mile distance. But it has all the biodiversity which a mangrove plantation has. It would be a nice first time experience, visiting the mangroves. The Kerala government forest department has done a lot of work to establish this mangrove plantation. During the 1980's they had done a lot of effort to plant the mangrove saplings, though it has failed in the initial stages, later on, the natural establishment of the mangrove forest has resulted in a glittering and glowing mangrove forest which is a beautifully serene appearance from the national highway. Major species include Avecinia and Rhizophora genus of plants. The river mouth area has high mineral content and sand and silt which is very encouraging for the mangrove flourish into a thicket, as there is ample water in the rainy season. Best time to visit this area is during the rainy season as well as during winter. late summer visit may not be encouraging, due to less water in the river.
Glimpses of the spot
Birds and fishes
Fishermen get up early at 5 O'clock and go fishing by 6:00 a.m. They wade through the mangroves flourishing in the area where they catch plenty of fishes and return by 9 o'clock. These are the places which are well known for the fish catch, particularly plenty of Carps, Sucker Fishes, Long Whisker Catfishes, Crabs, etc. Fishermen also go to the sea for fishing. There they catch bigger fishes such as Jarbua Terapon, Saddle Back Silver Biddy, Flathead Grey Mullets, etc.
The river is containing less water during the low tide hours and plenty of water during the high tide. It is not advisable to wade into the water as there are sharp objects and also the shells of mussels which may injure the legs. However, contacting well in advance will help you to arrange and enjoy a boat ride.
Since the place is well connected by road, rail and ports such as Mangalore port and Mangalore airport, you can easily visit the place. Nearby places of tourist interest include Kumbla Fort, Kumbla Temple, Anatapura Lake Temple, and Hanuman Temple, Bela Church, Maipady Palace, Kumbla Beach, etc., all these can be covered in a single day. You may spend an additional day, if you wish to have a mild trek to Gumpe Hills or a hard treck to Ranipuram Peak, both will be engaging you for enjoying the beauty of hilly locations. Expenses for these tours will be minimum.
- Since humidity is more, drinking water has to be carried always
- Need some mosquito repellants when water is less
- An umbrella or a cap can save from sun or rain.
Mangroves are the peculiar ecosystem
Holidays in the tropical coastal areas are enjoyable, particularly, for a mild nature walk to witness the mangrove river banks. It will be a change from the monotony of everyday life. For personal visits, there is no restriction in these areas. However, if you are from an outside country, you may inform the Kumbla Panchayat Secretary for courtesy. South Indian mangroves do not have wildlife and therefore it will not be dangerous to visit these areas.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Halemane Muralikrishna