Onam reminds many blues and worries about this blue land

Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015,19:17 IST By metro vaartha A A A

The colour of Onam is blue here. A vast layer of blue waves drawn from the Arabian sea or a sizeable patch of the August sky came down, what do you liken this to? Madayippara is a flat topped arid hillock located near Pazhayangadi town in Kannur district of Kerala state in the Southern India. Madayippara is unique to receive Thiruvonam with its tremendously displayed Kakkappovu (Utricularia reticulata).
The rocks are fully covered by these blue flowers in the Malayalam month chingam, the spring season in Kerala. Onam is actually the festival of flowers and nostalgic memories. Madayippara is a gift of nature, to celebrate Onam with the beauty of a sea of flowers like the Neelakurinji in Munnar. Unlike Neelakurinji this bloom every year. This season also Madayippara ornamented with kakkappoovu to paint colour to the festival.
Apart from Kakkappoovu local flowers such as arali, karuka, Thumba, Mukkootti, Kannanthali etc. are abundant in Madayippara. Madayipara is well known for its rich diversity of plants. The aquatic and semi-aquatic plants pave extensive carpets of blue, pink, white and yellow during the monsoon season. With regard to the bio-diversity of Madayipara, it has been found that the region contains about 300 flowering plants, about 30 varieties of grass, and several insect-eating plant species.
The grasslands can again be categorized into wet phase and dry phase grasslands based on the seasons. Madayipara is also home to several rare medicinal herbs, which are sought by people from near and far off places. Coming to avian life, Madayipara sustains about 150 species of birds. About 100 species of butterflies roam around. The land is blessed with flowers of different colors and different fragrance. The area is notable for the presence of some rare plant species.
When spring time comes this arid land seems to be transformed into a beautiful garden. You will hear the chirping of birds. If one treks all around Madayipara and looks closely, one can find tiny, tiny frogs and Toads jumping all around in between grasses and rocks. There are many species to be discovered and many rare species of amphibians are found here. Hence there are also a good number of snake species.
In summer, dragonflies are plenty and spread all around this land. There are two natural waterholes on this high rock terrain that supports all the ecosystem. The land accommodates a Temple which is centuries old and a Fort assumed to be built by Tipu Sultan. Now the land is under threat of clay mining, tourism projects, irresponsible vehicle riding, etc. which may wipe out many species in the future.
What is more important to focus for this land is not tourism, but conserving its biodiversity. It is best to notify this land as a “Nationally important flower sanctuary” by acquiring adjacent land also to avoid possible encroachments in the future.

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