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Published: June 10th 2011
Maya Heritage Aymanam
This is Maya (illusion), a place where you can discover yourself. Located in the picturesque village Aymanam (land of five forests), which is also formed the backdrop for Arundhati Roy's Booker prize winning novel 'The God of Small Things'. This 100 year old home-stay is situated ad-mist the dense green canopy of mangosteen, nutmeg, jack-fruit, vanilla and rambuttan trees.
The air itself is full of promise, fragrant with the myriad scents of fruit and flowering trees. All round is peace and stillness. A river flows slowly past, snatches of sunlight shimmer off the water. This is Maya, a haven away from clocks and calendar, a place where time is in no hurry.
Maya Heritage is located in village Aymanam ( in Kerala State in India), which is just under 4 KMs from the heart of Kottayam town, which forms the hub for accessing all popular tourist destinations of Kerala such as Kumarakom (14 KMs), Alleppey (42 KMs), Thekkady (110 KJMs), Munnar (150 KMs) and Kovalam (115 KMs).
The village Aymanam borders Lake Vembanad on the west, near Kumarakom. There are backwaters, beaches, hills and game sanctuaries withing driving distance from the Maya Heritage
- places to suit every mood and inclination for serious tourists. Aymanam Village
The languid, tropical village of Ayemenem in Kerala, India is the setting for the Booker Prize winning debut novel The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, published in 1997. Within the semi-autobiographical frame of her story, Roy weaves a complex tale, encompassing family dysfunction, religious persecution, political turmoil, and love across forbidden barriers, bringing the reader into intimate contact with the pains and passions that are laying in the subterranean layers of many people’s lives, no matter where they live. Her eloquent, vivid, and personalized disposition of these troublesome subjects no doubt accounts for the huge popularity of the work.
The real village, where Roy in fact grew up, is actually called Aymanam. A village of about 35,000 people, Aymanam was once a deeply forested area. The forests are now largely gone, but waters from the nearby Lake Vembanad and the River Meenachil still sustain the traditional rice paddy agriculture of the region that forms the basis of most inhabitant’s livelihoods. Roy’s book has now brought worldwide attention to this small town, and a large influx of tourists and visitors come each year in hopes
of resolving between the truth and fiction of her story or simply to look at the place for themselves and enjoy the verdant scenery and slow pace of life.
Visit www.mayaheritagekerala.com for more details.
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