Travel is never tiring when we are on our own and choose to do something we love. Our sudden decisions to change our routes have always been a memorable journey and we never deter for a moment to pursue what is in us. Day 3 was initially dedicated to Tiruchendur, the beautiful abode of Lord Muruga, one of the six Arupadai Veedu ( 6 houses). We wanted a journey to the beach, became famous after the 2004 Tsunami where the ocean pulled in and never came out to hit the temple. Science and Beliefs are at war here but to us, we know it is the place that holds us, be it for its amazing shoreline or the enormity of the temple and its significance. As we were retiring on Day 2, we saw many on the road wearing green dhotis and walking in groups. We came to know that these people are walking to Tiruchendur for Thai Poosam that Sunday, the day after tomorrow. The groups we saw were near Kallidaikurichi and Tiruchendur was about 70+ kms away. We could see young and old alike without slippers but peppy as ever and least bothered about the long walk ahead chanting divine names and proceeding towards the temple. Their sincerity and dedication made such an impact on us and made us contemplate on our travel without compromising an iota of comfort. Bowing to them for their devotion and sustenance, we proceeded on our journey.
This is a series dedicated to identifying our traditions and methods adopted by our ancestors. A unique handloom technique of interlaced weaving of cotton with zari is the pride of Balaramapuram. Balaramapuram is a small town in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala, India. The Balaramapuram handloom sarees are well known for simplicity, exquisite hand-woven designs and beauty. The traditional handloom grey sarees are made out of the finest cotton yarn with intricate and unique designs. It was during the regime of His Highness Maharaja Balaramavarma, which dates back from 1798 to 1810 that the handloom weaving was first introduced at Balaramapuram.
Uthareeyam, a recently formed club of classical art lovers in Chennai, will be organising at least one Kathakali show every month in the city from August. Founded by four youths working in Chennai, the idea behind Uthareeyam is to promote classical performing art forms like Kathakali, Koodiyattam and Chakyarkoothu among the youngsters.
Shortage of trained nut pluckers is a grim farm sector problem in Kerala but for 37-year-old Selvin Chacko coconut plucking is a hi-tech profession involving car, mobile and even a dedicated website. While many youngsters looked down upon coconut plucking as a less-esteemed career, Selvin from Changanassery has opted for it with ‘career pride and pleasure’ and keeping in tune with the changing times he is using modern facilities like mobile phone and website to get connected to customers.
A tour is experienced best if you get the feel of local culture, food, villages and the life of people in the region. If you are interested in seeing the real Tamilnadu and Kerala, take a 11 days cycle tour starting in January before the Pongal Festival, the harvest festival of Tamilnadu and participate in the festival in a village. Read on for details
KERALA – TAMILNADU Cycle Tour
ROUTE: CHENNAI – MAHABALIPURAM – KUVATTUR – MARAKKANAN-PONDICHERRY – CUDDALORE – VADALUR – SETTIYATHOPE – GANGAIKONDACOLAPURAM – KUMBHAKONAM – SWAMIMALAI – TANJAVOOR – SENGIPPATTI – TRICHI – TOGAMALAI – CHINTAMARRRIPPATT I-PALAIYAM – VEDASANDUR – ODDANCHATRAM – VIRUPAKSHI – PALANI – AMARAVATH I – CHINNAR – MARAYOOR – MUNNAR – ADIMALI – THATTEKKAD – MOOVATTUPUZHA – KUMARAKOM – ANDHAKARANAZHI – COCHIN