International Writers Magazine - Our Tenth Year: India Travel
mission was to discover the Beypore lighthouse. So we set out on
a nice bright day our hearts singing with joy and overflowing with
enthusiasm. After an initial teeth rattling bone jarring ride in
an ancient auto owned by a very friendly local named Moideen we
arrived at Beypore port. Along the way we passed many local attractions
including the Chaliyar River dotted with colorful steamers chugging
quietly along, the Feroke Tile factory a place steeped in history
and of some antiquity and an ancient mosque built along the lines
of a Hindu temple, which in itself was rather unique.
Located some 15km
from the heart of the bustling Calicut city centre, Beypore is a small
sleepy port town with a single thoroughfare. Our auto plunged, twisted
and turned through numerous country lanes scattered with brightly painted
fishing cottages, where the shy fisher folk peered at us from their
verandahs. After losing our way a couple of times and coming close to
annihilating a couple of dimwitted squawking free range chickens, we
finally ran down a person who could give us the accurate location of
Standing proudly on a small strip of land that jutted dangerously out
into the sea, we finally spotted the statuesque red and white beauty.
Gulls and hawks wheeled and dipped around her with joyous abandon.
The lighthouse as such stood inside a massive gated compound dotted
with coconut mango and areca nut trees. There were three small outhouses
flanking the lighthouse. These housed the generator, the office and
sleeping quarters of the lighthouse personnel.
A massive burgundy wooden door with brass handles opened onto a spiral
stone staircase with polished teak railings. Small glass windows set
high in the walls, gave us a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside
which unfolded in all its wondrous green glory. A wraparound viewing
deck at the very top of the lighthouse afforded us an unobstructed view
of the sea and the far away fishing vessels and ships.
Built in 1977 the Beypore lighthouse stands tall at 32.41metres. The
optical equipment supplied by J Stone and Co has 4 panels and can generate
a powerful flash once every 15 seconds at a revolution speed of 2 R.P.M.
With the advent of new technology lighthouses are slowing being nudged
into oblivion. One among a handful of still functioning lighthouses
a visit to this landmark is a must for first time travelers to Calicut.
© Lakshmi Nair September 2009
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