Saturday, May 18, 2013

Raindrop boat house - Mudaliarkuppam

Odiyur Lake back water
Few weekends back we drive to Raindrop boat house at Mudaliarkuppam on ECR (east coast road) about 90km from Chennai. Actually we planned for an outing on Sunday on ECR and drove up to Mudaliarkuppam perhaps taking a boat ride on the backwaters of Odiyur Lake. It was a sunny day way up to summer heat but it wasn’t hot that much that day perhaps backup by A/C and coastal ride, we had our lunch under some trees shadows off ECR. One of the best aspects of outing had always been having lunch at unusual circumstance; especially under shadow of trees is quite relish and refreshing.

Row your boat
We (along with uncle, aunt and cousins) were at the boat house in afternoon and I was anticipated to take a boat ride there while it was where my last boat ride took place four year back. But my bad chance the boats that we took for ride last time were abandoned, due to broke up and there were only boats with seating options which is unsuitable for me. Last time we took a boat with flat on-board (check the abandoned boat in 1st picture) which could accommodate my wheel chair besides sliding benches for a relax ride. But somehow I enjoyed the visit to the boat house and I got to check the activities held around from the dock.

Seats wore life jacket
The boat house is located on a picturesque location with one side of vast Odiyur Lake and other side a large backwater channel lasting for more than 3 km parallel to shore before met with sea. There are many type of ride available at the boat house to enjoy water sports like pedaling, rowing, motor and speed boating and water scooting and kayaking. Leaving me and dad at dock, others went on a boat ride and pedaling boat, I went up shooting with camera while sun warms beside I was content with the cool sights I caught up around.  

Flock of seagulls
There were number of sea birds floating around and taking on and off the water. I also saw common kingfisher fishing from the dock and other unknown birds taking the abandoned boat engine as its home. A huge fiber boat was anchored near the boat house to attract visitors capture our attention in blue. Unlike then the boat house doesn’t look so graceful and a part of dock was broke down and also lost its already partial roof. But I still prefer this boat house the best and it doesn’t throng by people like the always crowded Muttukadu boat house near Chennai on ECR. The eco system of backwater is too good here and the boating also take us for long distance ride and  give sometime to spent on the island at the mouth of lake.

Raindrop boat house also operates a restaurant and also conduct pre-orders on parties and get-togethers. It is one of a number of best places to check on weekend outing or picnicking between Chennai and Pondicherry. 
Common Kingfisher
Common Kingfisher
Water Scooter
Splashing water scooter

21 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

glad you enjoyed it, even if you couldn't go on the boat this time. the kingfisher is beautiful!

ladyfi said...

OH, what fabulous shots. Love the kingfisher.

KK said...

I have only seen kingfishers in the beer add, and they never seemed good. The one you clicked looks alive.

Maybe they will do something about the boats by the next time you make the trip. You were with family/friends so the overall trip must have been great. At least the pics make it seem great!

Destination Infinity said...

I want to go to the Mudaliyar kuppam boat house. Let me see when I can manage time... I loved the kingfisher photo and the last photo with water scooter :)

Destination Infinity

Pattu Raj said...

A lovely place for a getaway from Chennai. Nice pictures Jeevan.

Only thing that irked me was hte non-availability of suitable facilities for differently challenged, and the elderly. Our country does not think much about them, while planning anything.!

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

The kingfisher is beautiful I'm glad you enjoyed your outing, even if you weren't able to take the boat ride.

eden said...

Beautiful photos. Love to try the water scooter.

The Incredible Woody said...

Glad you were able to enjoy yourself! A day near the water always refreshes me :)

Betsy Adams said...

Wow---look at the Kingfisher... Beautiful!!! Glad you enjoyed your day even if you couldn't go on a boat ride this time... Gorgeous photos..
Hugs,
Betsy

George said...

I'm sorry to hear that you were unable to enjoy a boat ride on this visit. Hopefully they will have more suitable boats the next time you visit. You did, however, get some wonderful pictures.

geeth said...

Nice outing..
Great shot on the kingfisher.. up close :)

Rajesh said...

Wonderful experience. Boat rides are always fun. My kids love it.

Renu said...

I have been there..you have captured the beauty so well..even the heading of the blogger is also very captivating..

deeps said...

looks to be a safe haven for birds

ladyfi said...

Lovely shots, especially the kingfisher.

Meoww said...

Such a peaceful and serene place! And i love picnics! especially when someone else is incharge of the food :D
Nice pic of the kingfisher too!

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Brilliant! Thanks very much for this marvelous post. Having lived on ECR for a while, i've notched up some great memories and this post stirs them up!

Kalyan said...

beautiful captures...hope you had lots of fun!

Preetilata【ツ】 said...

The post left me wanting for more.

I must say you are becoming a better photographer each day.

Ercotravels said...

Wonderful informative post with amazing pictures.
Sea birds looking very nice so i'm happy you to sharing it must visited post.

Anonymous said...

You are welcome back Mr.Jeevan,next time you will enjoy a boat ride-thats a promise-Regards-ttdcraindropboathouse@gmail.com