I must tell you.. this place Manapad (மணபாடு in Tamil) looked heaven when we were on our trip.
The sky, the clouds and the sea all looked blue and blue everywhere. It was around 4.30pm, when we reached the village, the waves gave us a warm welcome. The men and women were sweet and soft, even when they speak to strangers like us. We started shooting the water and moving boats, then walked up the cliff to check The Holy Cross Church. It was already 6.15 and we had no time to capture the beautiful moments of the zone.
We shot some sunset scenes and the day was gone and it was pitch dark. So we decided to come back the next day evening again, and walked back to Kulasai. Next day was even beautiful. I carried my Manfrotto (damn useful!) and tried capturing the missed ones the previous night. I was very cautious and planned my time to capture the bright evening moments of Sun. Yes.. Its all here for you.. to see… A must visit location.
There is so much available with Manapad to offer us…
1. The soft shallow backwaters, which is a km away from the sea.
2. The Holy Cross Church and a cave, which is 500 years old.
3. A light house on the cliff, under the control of Government of India.
Note about Manapad from Wiki:
Manapad is a predominantly Roman Catholic coastal village in India, 70 km from Tirunelveli and 18 km south of Tiruchendur, and one of the first places to be visited by St. Francis Xavier in 1542 when he initiated missionary activity on the Fishery coast.
Francis Xavier is said to have lived and prayed in a cavern on the seaward face of a cliff. There si still something called as St.Xavier Cave. Holy Cross Church close to the sea was built in the year 1581. This church has what is believed to be a fragment of the True Cross of Jerusalem. Thousands congregate during the festival season from 1st to 14th September every year when the cross is publicly displayed. Since there are other small temples, here this place is called as “Chinna Jerusalem” (Small Jerusalem).