Ezhimala: The Landmark on the Malabar Coast

Ezhimala from Arabain Sea

I rode up to the summit of Ezhimala early this september 2010.  As this ancient and legendary miniature mountain at the edge of the Arabian sea is now almost engulfed by the Indian Naval Academy there are very little view points left to explore.  Only the huge concrete idol of the monkey god awaits the common visitors to this panoramic hillock that rises more than 250m from the sea.

Pazhayangadi/Kuppam regions from the top

In the middle ages it was the capital of Nandan the pre-eminent ruler of the Mushika dynasty.  Later it fell into the hands of various rulers including the Kolathiris, Mysore and the British.  Today rubber plantations and crude private resorts are colonizing the top road regions.

Kannur shoreline from Ezhimala

I could not see much natural life and vegetation at the top, except a few babblers and Blue-tailed Beeeaters. The view around from the top is still spectacular.  We can see the whole deltas and backwaters related to Pazhayangadi river and watch the whole area from Payyannur to Kannur.

A unique seascape to the west

The sandy and bright Kannur coast is a breathtaking sight from the top.  To the west the sea offers an amazing sky like expanse which is a unique spectacle that only Ezhimala is capable of offering in the Malabar coast.

During the recent first ever pelagic survey of Kerala I had great views of this awesome little mountain from the sea.   It was visible even from 30km offshore.  Its shapes and contours keep on changing as the location of the viewer changes.  Some times it looks like an elephant submerged in water and sometimes like a fairy or Yakshi lying on a rocking ocean bed. It is also a visual voyage when we travel on train between Payyannur and Pazhayangadi.

I am sure that this unique geographical formation has inspired generations of sensitive and creative human subjects, poets and painters and sculptors in purticular, like Kanayi who reproduces its human vistas in every shape that he creates, especially in the Mermaid at Sanghumugham and the Yakshi at Malampuzha.