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The Day After Festival [Kalpathi Chariot Festival]

The largest district in Kerala; the granary of Kerala; the birthplace of several artists like Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar and Palakkad Mani Aiyer; the land described in Malayalam Literature and many films as blessed with natural beauty; a famous festival of this special place when gods descend onto the earth; Kalpathi Chariot Festival or Ratholsavam or Temple Car Festival ...

Ashok S P Jan-17- 2017 299
Sathyamangalam, Pollachi, Valparai [A Driving Trip]

National strike was held on October 2nd, 2016 Around 10 o’ clock, I felt bored and rang up a friend of mine to see if we can go on a trip He said he is ready and so, we started the tour Since the strikes are not that severe in Tamil Nadu, we decided our destination to be Tamil Nadu To tell the truth, we were a bit worried but to our relief, the journey via Thrissur and Palakkad till the border was uneventful ...

Ashok S P Jan-06- 2017 272
Kazhugumalai - Vettuvan Kovil

A visual treat created by nature and sculptors together… that is Kazhugumalai or Kalugumalai Kazhugumalai can be reached by travelling around 66 km via Sankarankovil from Tirunelveli [the route goes as Kottayam, Punalur, Thenmala, Thenkashi, Tirunelveli, Sankarankovil, Kazhugumalai] Kazhugumalai is a place full of huge rocks and boulders The most important scenery in Kalugumalai is Vettuvan Koil that is believed to have been built between the 8th and 9th centuries ...

Ashok S P Dec-23- 2016 379
The Wayanad that I saw….Part III

I travelled 6 km from Chedattinkavu and reached the very ancient Veliyambam Siva Temple It is said that the deity in this temple was installed by Parasuraman The temple has been carved out of a type of thin granite There is a Koovalam Tree [Aegle marmelos] standing near the temple, the age of which is not known ...

Ashok S P Dec-12- 2016 170
The Wayanad that I saw….Part II

From Valliyoorkkavu Temple, I went on to visit the centuries-old Jain Temple in Bathery It is also called Tirthankar Temple, a temple constructed with granite slabs There is a cave inside this temple It is said that this cave extends till Mysore During the military assault of Tipu Sultan, the followers of Jainism were driven out and the cave was turned into Tipu’s armory ...

Ashok S P Nov-25- 2016 182
The Wayanad that I saw….Part I

There is nobody who has not heard about Thamarassery Ghat Pass [churam] It has become a symbol representing Wayanad An aboriginal man by name Karinthandan showed this route to a British engineer Once the engineer found out the way, he killed the aboriginal man The tree to which the spirit of Karinthandan is believed to be chained is in Lakkidi At first, this route was used by British people for horse riding Later on, it was developed into a proper road ...

Ashok S P Nov-16- 2016 154

Hyderabad is the sixth largest metro city and an important information technology center in India It is a city known for its historic, cultural and artistic traditions It is the capital of Telangana and de jure capital of Andhra Pradesh It is also known as the city of Nizams ...

Ashok S P Nov-06- 2016 161
Bhoothathankettu, Pooyamkutty, Idamalayar

This is regarding a small tour, the purpose of which is to enjoy the beauty of nature; a trip through the forest villages of Bhoothathankettu, Idamalayar, Blavana, Pooyamkutty, Kandanpara, etc of Kothamangalam in Ernakulam District; a journey through the laps of nature Bhoothathankettu Dam is the dam that adds beauty to the forests of Pindimana Village ...

Ashok S P Oct-27- 2016 357
To the Country of Ravana….[Sri Lanka]

My journey is to the Kerala outside India; yes, to Sri Lanka, the photostat of Kerala, the land of Ravana I travelled from Colombo to Sri Lanka’s important hill station, Kandy It is 115 km from Colombo to Kandy Pinnawala can be reached by traveling 70 km from Colombo and then 15 km on Rambukkana route from Kegalle Town ...

Ashok S P Oct-17- 2016 169
Sigiriya Rock [Sri Lanka]

The ancient city of Sigiriya has been one of the world cultural heritage sites since 1982 It is 90 km from Kandy to Sigiriya through Jaffna Highway There is a rock in this place, which is more than 250 m high It is said that in A D 477 – 495, King Kasyapa built a royal residence on top of this rock and ruled from there Whatever the story is, the ruins of the palace on the rock and the resplendent garden make the scenery a ravishing one ...

Ashok S P Oct-08- 2016 170
Kandy [Sri Lanka]

I strolled around Kandy City, a hill station of Sri Lanka; then went to the cultural center near Kandy Lake to watch the traditional art performances It starts at 5 00 in the evening and the entrance fee is 1000 Sri Lankan Rupees It is a one-and-a-half-hour program I took a ticket and went inside The program is conducted in a large hall with balcony ...

Ashok S P Sep-25- 2016 239
Golden Temple, Madhu River [Sri Lanka]

The famous Golden Temple is situated in Dambulla which lies around the central part of Sri Lanka The Golden Temple stands on the Colombo-Kandy route The entrance to the temple itself is beautiful The temple is a 50-feet-high golden structure that resembles a bell ...

Ashok S P Sep-15- 2016 241

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