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    Lokanar Kavu-The legends live here

    by Justin_goa Updated Dec 12, 2007

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    Sree Lokanar Kavu is one of the most famous and ancient temples in Kerala. This temple, associated with the heroes and heroines of the Vadakkanpattu combines an arresting simplicity and a legendary aura. The candid murals and carvings here are a delight to art lovers.

    The name "Lokamalayar Kavu" is derived as it is the formation of "Lokar" (people), "Mala" (hills) , "Aar" (river) and "Kavu" (temple) which in the course of time abbreviated into "Lokanarkavu" by usage.The place, a natural beauty, is about , and is in the old "Kadathanad" region. The principal deity in this Bhagavathy temple is effuse with divinity. The front pillar of this temple divine. Because, the belief is that, the Bhagavathy is dwelling here. "Amma" exists here in her peaceful and righteous self. The temple complex consists of temples of Bhagavathy, Siva, Vishnu and Ganapathy. In Lokanarkavu both " savarnas" and "avarnas" in union and harmony worship "Amma" and look after the temple. With the coming up of this Bhagavathy Temple, Lokamalayarkavu has grown into a new township.

    The ancientness of this temple cannot be substantiated with records and figures, only it can be described as a very ancient temple. Poorakkali is a performing art of its own, developed in this temple. Usally this art from is staged in the "Aarat Day" in the month of "Meenam" (March/April) with all its reverance. The legend says that , while the devotees dance in a state of trance into the night of the Pooram day in the month of "Meenam", Amma hereself enjoys the scene to the fullest and bestows her blessings and boons on her devotees.

    The temple is now under the control of H R & C E, Kozhikode (Hindu Religious Endowments Department). 'Utsav' on the 'Rohini' day in the month of 'Meenam' is an important festival of rites. the 'Utsav ' starts with the hosting of the temple flag.

    Temple complex Beautiful wood carving Passage between temples Multi level oil lamps Tree provided shade for social gatherings
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    Silent Valley National Park

    by Justin_goa Updated Dec 12, 2007

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    Silent Valley, the 9000 hectare national park is believed to be the sole surviving Silent Valleybit of evergreen forest in the Sahya Ranges. It rises abruptly to the Nilgiri Plateau in the north and overlooks the plains of Mannarkkad in the south.

    The core of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve is the Silent Valley National Park. Despite its name, the Silent Valley (the clamour of Cicadas is conspicuously absent here) echoes with the sounds of teeming wildlife. The denizens of this sprawling habitat of endangered virgin tropical forests include rare birds, deer and tiger.

    Located in the Kundali Hills of the Western Ghats, the Silent Valley National Park holds a valuable reserve of rare plants and herbs. The park is rich in its wildlife, and elephants, lion-tailed macaques and tigers are the most common denizens of this park. A visit to this park should be considered a lifetime experience, as this is the last representative virgin tract of tropical evergreen forests in India. Perhaps, nowhere else can one also find such a representative collection of peninsular mammals, over a 100species of butterflies and 400 species of moths and other fauna like the Ceylon Frog Moth, Great Indian Hornbill, the Nilgiri Laughing Thrush and the Lion-tailed Macaque.

    Vehicular transport is only up to Mukkali, nearly 24 km from the park. The rest of the way has to be covered on foot up to the source of Kunthipuzha, which flows through the valley before merging with the Bharathapuzha (Nila). There is huge, hollow tree in the park, which can hide at least 12 people in it.

    Elephants in Park
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    Roadside publicity

    by MaheshSamtani Written Nov 25, 2007

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    One of the scenes that attracted my atention was a vehicle well equipped with a huge loudspeakers and some banners advertising a product or service. The vehicle was equipped with its own power generating system with a person controlling the emisions of the advertistments. should be quite effective.

    Advertistment systems

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    highway toll station

    by MaheshSamtani Written Oct 21, 2007

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    During my travels through many countries I have had the chance to see many toll stations and had not found anything interesting to mention as a toll sttion has nothing to mention about but this one in particular yes. It was on a trip from Kovalam to an Elephant sanctuary in a small town about 60 kilometers towards Cochin. It surely was very different from all that I have seen till now. What is your opinion after watching the 3 pictures that I have posted ??

    Toll Fee collecter Toll Station - csah box Toll fee board

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    Men at Work

    by MaheshSamtani Written Oct 21, 2007

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    On one of my most memorable walks at the beach in Kovalam, I had to the chance to take out this Picture with men carrying heavy loads of something on their heads, which probably form parts of their daily lives.

    Men at work

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    visit varkala

    by mantru Written Jun 6, 2007

    most tourist goes for Kovalam instead of varkala...if u want to relax varkala is the place..good beach,local interference minimum...the countryside is still not developed but are tolerant to tourist.....homestays are cheap....

    cliff side beach evening at the beach...sunset...

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    Thalassery Fort

    by Justin_goa Written Apr 21, 2007

    Thalassery Fort is in Thalassery (Tellicherry) a town in Kannur District of Kerala state in south India.

    The British East India Company built the fort in 1708 to establish a stronghold on the Malabar Coast. In 1781 Hyder Ali, ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore, was unsuccessful in capturing the Fort in his campaign to control Malabar. His successor, Tipu Sultan, was forced to cede Malabar District to the British in 1792, at the conclusion of the Third Anglo-Maratha War.

    The square fort, with its massive walls, secret tunnels to the sea and intricately carved huge doors, is an imposing structure. The fort was once the nucleus of Thalassery's development. It is now a historical monument.

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    Bekal Fort

    by Justin_goa Written Apr 21, 2007

    Bekal Fort is the biggest fort in Kerala, spreading over forty acres. The important features of this fort are the tank with its flight of steps, the tunnel opening towards the south, the magazine for keeping ammunition and the broad and wide steps leading to the Observation Tower which is a rarity. From there one has ample view of towns in the vicinity like Kanhangad, Pallikare, Bekal, Kottikkulam ,Uduma etc. This observation centre had strategic significance in finding out even the smallest movements of the enemy and ascertaining safety of the Fort.

    The Fort appears to have been built up from the sea since almost three fourth of its exteriors is drenched and the waves stroke the citadel. The Hanuman temple and the ancient Muslim Mosque nearby hold testimony to the age-old religious harmony that prevailed in the area. The zigzag entrance and the trenches around the fort show the defense strategy connected with the fort.

    Unlike most other Indian Forts, Bekal fort was not a center of administration for no remains of a palace are found within the fort. Arguably the fort was built exclusively for fulfilling the defense requirements. The holes on the outer walls of the fort are specially designed to defend the fort effectively. The holes at top are meant for aiming at the farthest points; the holes below are meant for hitting when the enemy is nearer and the holes underneath facilitate attacking when the enemy is very near to the fort. This is a remarkable evidence of medieval technology in defense strategy.

    This fort can be accessed easily from Calicut International airport.

    View from the Fort Bekal Beach
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    Quilandy- a hub of Cotton trade

    by Justin_goa Written Apr 21, 2007

    The trade with Europeans flourished with the relationship with Malabar. Quilandy, a small town close to Calicut port, was known for the cotton trade. Their capital was vanchi (muziris), which was an important trading centre with Rome. There were harbours of Naura near Kannur, Tyndis near Quilandy, and Bacare near Alappuzha which were also trading with Rome and Palakkad pass (churam) facilitated migration and trade. The contact with Romans might have given rise to small colonies of Jews and Syrian Christians in the chief harbour towns of Kerala. The Jews of Kochi believe that their ancestors came to the west coast of India as refugees following the destruction of Jerusalem in the first century AD The Syrian Christians claim to be the descendants of the converts of St. Thomas, one of the Apostle of Jesus Christ. The tribal society was slowly moveing towards civilization.

    A visit to this town will surely give you the feel of the glorious days of trade between Europe and Malabar.

    A Dhow, Wooden Ship used by Aran traders
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    Coconut - All the necessities of life

    by FruitLover Updated Mar 14, 2007

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    All parts of the coconut palm are useful and have economic value. The name for the coconut palm in Sanskrit is kalpa vriksha, which translates as "the tree which provides all the necessities of life".

    Uses of the various parts of the palm include:

    -The white, fleshy part of the seed is edible and used fresh or dried in cooking.

    -The cavity is filled with "coconut water" containing sugars, fibre, proteins, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. Coconut water is sterile until the coconut is opened.

    -Coconut milk is made by processing grated coconut with hot water or hot milk.

    -The flower clusters of the coconut is fermented to produce palm alcoholic "toddy".

    -The interior of the growing tip may be harvested as heart-of-palm and is considered a rare delicacy - "millionaire's salad".

    -The coir is used in ropes, mats, brushes, caulking boats and as stuffing fibre.

    -Copra is the dried meat of the seed which is the source of coconut oil.

    -The leaves provide materials for baskets and roofing thatch.

    -The husk and shells can be used for fuel and are a good source of charcoal.

    -The roots are used as a medicine for dysentery. Poor people use pieces of root as toothbrush.

    Coconut Processing Coconut Processing Coconut Processing

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    Aranmula Metal Mirror

    by Justin_goa Written Aug 3, 2006

    Aranmula a small village in KERALA is renowned for making a wonderful type of Metal Mirror called 'Aranmula Kannadi'. This unique metal mirror of Aranmula, reflects a rich cultural as well as metallurgical heritage of a golden past in the history of Kerala. The British Museum in London keeps an eighteen inch tall Aranmula Metal Mirror, which speaks of its uniqueness. The origin of the metal mirrors of Aranmula is closely laced with the Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple.The legend has it that eight families of experts in temple arts and crafts were brought by the royal chief to Aranmula from Tirunelveli district in connection with certain works in the Parthasarathy temple centuries ago. There are only a few families in the world who practice the art of making Metal Mirrors. Some undisclosed metals are alloyed with copper and tin to cast the Metal Mirror. The polishing can go on for one to two days so as to achieve highly reflective surfaces.

    This is a traditional craft.
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    Travel to Keralam's Northern sides also

    by keralam Written May 11, 2006

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    Usually lot of travellers travel in the Southern parts of Keralam.
    But the Northern side of Keralam is also very beautiful and there are lot of things to enjoy.
    So many people miss this Northern side of Keralam.

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    Theyyam - The Unique Ritual Art of Keralam

    by keralam Written May 7, 2006

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    Theyyam is the Unique ritual art of Keralam. This art is very ancient.
    In Theyyam the performer impersonate Gods and will bless the worshipers.
    The Costumes, Musical instruments, Movements made by the Theyyam etc make an electrifying, unexplainable atmospehre.
    While you visit Keralam, you must see This art form surely,
    Because, in no other part of the world you can see such a form.

    Theyyam is performed in the Kshethrams ( Temples ) in the Northern Districts of Keralam .
    The Theyyams are performed inrelation to the festivals in Kshethrams.

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    Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

    by Justin_goa Written Jan 8, 2006

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    Located on the banks of the vembanad lake, the kumarakom bird sanctuary, an ornithologist's paradise, is a favourite haunt of migratory birds like the siberian stork, egret, darter, heron and teal. Other common varieties like the woodpecker, skylark, crane, water hen and parrots can also be spotted here. A cruise along the vembabad lake is the best way to experience the sanctuary. Pathiramanal, an enchanting island on the lake, can be accessed by boat from here.

    Best Time :
    Between June And August. (Migratory Birds : November - February)

    Painted Stork
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    Eravikulam National Park

    by Justin_goa Written Jan 8, 2006

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    Eravikulam National Park is a plateau at an average height of 6500 feet, about 30 kms from Munnar, high up in the mountains of Western Ghats. This park was originally established to protect the Nilgiri Tahr (Nilgiri Ibex), which found its way into the endangered list of animals in the Wildlife schedule. It was declared as a sanctuary in 1975. Considering the ecological, faunal, floral, geo-morphological and zoological significance, it was declared as a National park in 1978. It covers an area of 97 sq. kms of rolling grasslands and high level sholas (evergreen forests). The park is breathtakingly beautiful and is easily comparable to the best mountain ranges found anywhere in the world. Anamudi (2694m), the highest peak South of the Himalayas, is situated in this Park.

    The Nilgiri Tahr population currently stands at around 1300 according to the 1998 census. This is a story of success. In 1989, there were fewer than 600 of these animals left in the wild. Thanks to some innovative and dedicated efforts of the Forest Department and some Non Governmental organisations, notably the Tahr Foundation, it appears that the immediate danger to these animals is over.

    Other animals in this Park are the tiger, panther and wild dogs which are usually sighted in both the open grasslands and the shola forests. Sloth bear, Nilgiri langur and wild boar are occasionally sighted.
    Access :
    Nearest Airport - Madurai (143 Kms)
    Nearest Railway Station - Kumarakom (114 Kms).
    Nearest Town - Kumily (4km), the entry point to the Reserve is Thekkady, Which is Accessible by Good Roads from Madurai, Cochin & Thiruvananthapuram.

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