Dive into the deep South

Kathadi North

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It was the per­fect wind on the coast of Rameswaram that first brought Je­han Driver, 34, CEO, Quest Ex­pe­di­tions Pri­vate Lim­ited, here on a kite surf­ing trip. This mem­ory and the love for the sport led him to setup a quaint lit­tle re­sort Kathadi (Tamil for kite) North close to the town, three years ago. Sur­rounded by palm trees and a des­o­late beach just half a kilo­me­tre away, the space and the set­ting have a dream-like qual­ity to them. “The beach is calm, with no waves April through Septem­ber and we use it for leisure ac­tiv­i­ties. Kite surf­ing, a more se­ri­ous sport that re­quires train­ing moves to the South side dur­ing th­ese months,” ex­plains Driver who also runs an­other prop­erty, Kathadi South, a ba­sic camp­site with beach huts. Kathadi North, though a bou­tique home­s­tay, pro­vides ac­com­mo­da­tion in its four huts with thatched roofs. Not suited to the palate of a lux­ury trav­eller, the re­sort is for lovers of wa­ter sports and those who are look­ing to spend their hol­i­day by a pris­tine, undis­cov­ered beach. The food is homely and served at an ope­nair com­mu­nity ta­ble where your hosts Driver and Upasana Mody, 34, (both for­mer res­i­dents of Mum­bai) dine with you and re­gale you with tales of life in the Deep South. Choose from kayak­ing, snorkelling and Stand Up Pad­dle board­ing (SUP) or short ex­pe­di­tions to ex­plore the coast. The clos­est air­port Madu­rai is at a dis­tance of 140 km. The clos­est rail­way sta­tion GET­TING THERE Rameswaram is at a dis­tance of 30 kilo­me­tres.

Kathadi North, 1/1164 Meenavar Kadal Karai, Pi­rap­pan Vala­sai Vil­lage, Ra­manatha­pu­ram AT Rs 3,500 on­wards for the stay and Rs 500 on­wards for the ac­tiv­i­ties 8657195551 PRICE TEL

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