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AMUSEMENT PARKS   Leave a comment

Silver Storm Amusement Parks 

Attractions : Striking Cars, Sky Jet Turbo Twister Wave Pool Baby Train, Wild Raft Ride, Super Splash, Mama Aqua Dance Hara Kiri, Jurassic Splash, Master Blaster, Columbus, Flying Dutch Man, Kids pool Draggon Coaster, Bumping Boat, Swing Chair, Wild Body, Chinese Village (including Dragon coaster, Tea cup, Swing chair, Funny copt, Hokcycle, Neecoxpress, Hopper wagon, Smile cat), Swinging Roller Coaster, Tea cup, Kids Turbo Slide, etc.

Facilities : Restaurant, Changing room, Lockers, Parking area, Telephone booth, Food court, Ice cream parlour, First aid post, Taxi on call, Gifts shop, Doctor on call, Prayer hall, Handicapped and old age rest room

Dream World Water Park

Attractions : Striking Car, Go Kart, Sky Train, Flying Colombus, Baby Car, Caterpillar, Dragon Train, and Revolving Barrel, Dream Shower, Zoom Ride, Space Bowl, Crazy Cruise, Mat Racer, Amazon River, Dream Splash, etc

Facilities : Multi-game complex for children, Video games, Prayer hall for visitors, Toilets and Bath rooms, Changing room, Lockers, Cloak room, Telephone booth, Restaurant service, Ice cream parlours, fast food centres, Parking Area

Posted June 23, 2011 by davis in Uncategorized

Edakkunni Sri Durga Bhagavathy Temple   Leave a comment

Edakkunni Sri Durga Temple is one of the 108 Durga temples believed to have been consecrated by the legendary warrior-saint Parasurama who is also credited with creating the state of Kerala. The Devi is here in her Vaishnava form with Sankha, Chakra, Gadha and Padmam. Edakkunni Bhagavathy is believed to be “Sarvabeeshtapradhayini” (one who grants all wishes) and numerous bhakthas have stories legion to tell of her supreme benevolence. The temple is unique in that there are no upadevas inside the temple walls. Many a time astrologers have tried to know the Bhagavathy’s mind on this and each time the divine will; has been to continue with the status quo.The majestic Gopuram (ornamental gateway),the befitting Anapalla ‘Mathilkettu'(compound walls),’Ootupura'(feeding

hall),Naalambalam(building immediately surrounding the sanctum sanctorum)and ‘Sreekovil'(sanctum santorum) herald the magic lustre of the building architecture.

The temple is an important participant in the 1400-year-old grand holy congregation of Devas ,the Arattupuzha Pooram .The Uthramvilakku, celebrated the following day at Edakkunni, is famous in the circle of connoisseurs of the art of Melam as the veritable gold standard among the Panchari Melams of Central Kerala. It is also believed, and is indeed true that all the decorations on elephants and the rituals preceding the start of Panchari Melam are in perfection in Edakkunni. Old timers testify to the fact that people from far and beyond used to come the Uthramvilakku to see and hear the perfection of Central Kerala’s traditional rituals.The Panchavadhyam performed on that day is also one of the best in central Kerala and is truly magnificent.

Edakkunni Uthramvilakku

The long awaited festivity of the  village of Ollur ,the Edakkunni Uthramvilakku took place on March 21st  2008.

On March 20th rains failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd as Edakkunni Bhagavathy stepped out in full regalia accompanied by five elephants at the Poorappadam at Arattupuzha.. The percussion ensemble was led by Kelath Aravindakshan. Earlier this illustrious Edakkunnite was conferred the Vadhyakalanidhi  award by President of Cochin Dewaswom Board,Sri T.G.Ravi.

March 21st morning saw another first at Ollur –Display of Anachamayam.Also displayed was the Madurai kudas.A good crowd witnessed the exhibition at Govt UP School ,Panamkuttichira.

An overcast sky could not prevent a record crowd from assembling at the temple on Deeparadhanai.Queues formed at the eastern entrance to get a darshan of the Devi in full finery.As dusk descended the sound of conch heralded the beginning of Panchavadyam led by Thrikkur Rajan.Rains forced the troupe to end the performance some two and and  a half hours later but not before the crowd was sent into raptures by the prefect rendition of the group.The Kudas brought from Madurai were hoisted for the first time.

At 12 midnight the Bhagavathy was brought out for the vilakku.Edakkunni Arjunan held the Kolam with aplomb as all the rituals of Keli,Viallkkacharam and Kombu pattu ,Kuzhalpattu were gone through.At around 1 AM Kizhakkoot Aniyan Marar made the first movement signaling the start of Edakkunni Panchari. Pathikalam and Ancham kalam sent the crowd into raptures. The finale was at 5.30 AM .Rains forced the performers and the crowd to move into the Mandapam but could do little to dampen the festive spirit.

The final steps of the Vilakku like Ocharam,Nadavazhi Pooram and Kodikuthu were went through and the whole village slipped into a siesta as the sound of elephant anklets faded.

Edakkunni Uthram Vilakku celebrated

The long awaited festivity of the  village of Ollur ,the Edakkunni Uthramvilakku took place on March 21st  2008.

On March 20th rains failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd as Edakkunni Bhagavathy stepped out in full regalia accompanied by five elephants at the Poorappadam at Arattupuzha.. The percussion ensemble was led by Kelath Aravindakshan. Earlier this illustrious Edakkunnite was conferred the Vadhyakalanidhi  award by President of Cochin Dewaswom Board,Sri T.G.Ravi.

March 21st morning saw another first at Ollur –Display of Anachamayam.Also displayed was the Madurai kudas.A good crowd witnessed the exhibition at Govt UP School ,Panamkuttichira.

An overcast sky could not prevent a record crowd from assembling at the temple on Deeparadhanai.Queues formed at the eastern entrance to get a darshan of the Devi in full finery.As dusk descended the sound of conch heralded the beginning of Panchavadyam led by Thrikkur Rajan.Rains forced the troupe to end the performance some two and and  a half hours later but not before the crowd was sent into raptures by the prefect rendition of the group.The Kudas brought from Madurai were hoisted for the first time.

At 12 midnight the Bhagavathy was brought out for the vilakku.Edakkunni Arjunan held the Kolam with aplomb as all the rituals of Keli,Viallkkacharam and Kombu pattu ,Kuzhalpattu were gone through.At around 1 AM Kizhakkoot Aniyan Marar made the first movement signaling the start of Edakkunni Panchari. Pathikalam and Ancham kalam sent the crowd into raptures. The finale was at 5.30 AM .Rains forced the performers and the crowd to move into the Mandapam but could do little to dampen the festive spirit.

The final steps of the Vilakku like Ocharam,Nadavazhi Pooram and Kodikuthu were went through and the whole village slipped into a siesta as the sound of elephant anklets faded.

 

Posted June 19, 2011 by davis in Uncategorized

Archeological museum/art museum/zoo   Leave a comment

Trissur Zoo & Museum is located right at the heart of Thrissur(Trichur) city at a place called Chembukavu. It is at a walking distance from the famous “Thrissur round” (one of the longest inner ring roads in India) and the famous Vadakkunnathan temple. Thrissur Zoo is small, but the Museum houses a large number of historic items such as swords, jewellery, rocks, stuffed butterflies etc. There is also small snake park inside the zoo.

Thrissur zoo started functioning sometime in 1885 and covers over 5 acres of land, Housing complexes and colonies are located right next to the zoo. The zoo open from 9am to 6:30pm while the museum is open 10am to 5pm. It is closed during Mondays and the museum is closed 1pm on Wednesdays. Holidays and Sundays very crowded.

When you enter the zoo, you can see the “multi purpose museum” in front of you. A huge elephant skelton will welcome you at the museum. There is no entrance fee for the museum. Photography is not allowed inside the museum. If you are even slightly interested in history, you are sure to spend hours at this museum. It has a good collection of ancient stuff like sword and weapons.

Just in front of the museum is a small memorial for the solidiers who went from Thrissur to fight world war I. The inscription on the memorial says, From this village 200 men  went to the great war    1914-1919. The ticket counter for the zoo is located on the left side of the entrance. You can expect a big queue during holidays. Like every other government institution in India, efficiency is the last priority.

The animal cages are numbered with sings (see right) so if you follow them you won’t miss anything.There isn’t much free space in the zoo and during peak times you won’t find any place to relax. It is high time that the zoo is moved out of the city centre. The vacant space can the be used for a larger museum and a park.

Photographing animals at  zoo is difficult due to the cage grills blocking the view. You have to press the camera against the cage to get a good shot. Yet, it  offers a gold mine to photograph animals. If you spend enough time at the zoo, you get interesting photos. But I was in a hurry. The Mithun bull pictured above right was a strange sight.

Posted June 17, 2011 by davis in Uncategorized

Thottipal Bhagavati Temple   Leave a comment

Thottipal Bhagavati Temple is located in the Thrissur district of Kerala  state, India. It is 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from National Highway 47, near Pudukad.

Adherents to the faith believe it to be one of the 108  Devi temples installed by  Parashurama and it is known for the Thottipal pakalpooram, an event where the deity is taken out of the temple in procession.

It is considered to be the sister to the Arattupuzha Shasta temple. This ancient temple was destroyed in the attacks by  Tipu Sultan and was in a state of distress for centuries. The temple was renovated in late 19th century.

Thottipalamma is considered by believers to be all benevolent and to give strength to her devotees so that they may counter the struggles of life.

Posted June 13, 2011 by davis in Uncategorized

Kerala Kalamandalam   Leave a comment

“A day with the Masters” – A cultural tourism project.Kerala Kalamandalam – which nowadays stands as a symbol of traditional classical art forms of India. Situated in a village named Cheruthuruthy in Thrissur District, Kerala State, India, this institution is unique in many ways. As a centre of learning and research for the traditional classical art forms of Kerala, Kalamandalam attracts students and scholars from both India and abroad. Kalamandalam was founded in 1930 by the celebrated poet Vallathol Narayana Menon for the preservation and promotion of the traditional classical arts of Kerala viz. Kathakali, Koodiyattam, Mohiniyattam and similar performing arts that had then been heading to extinction. The institutionalization of classical art forms was a major breakthrough in the history of Kerala’s art and culture. The poet with his characteristic foresight insisted on retaining the time-tested Gurukula system of training in the schedules of Kalamandalam. As a strictly residential-school nurturing an informal and intimate relation between teachers and students Kalamandalam soon developed into a unique center for training in and performance of the classical arts of Kerala. The training at Kalamandalam in the performing arts such as Kathakali (Acting, vocal- music, percussion-music), Koodiyattam, the traditional Sanskrit theater, Panchavadyam (the Kerala-ensemble) Mohiniyattam, the female classical dance, Thullal (the solo-dance narrative), Mridangam and Karnatic Music begin in the wee hours of the morning. After a break the classes restart at 9 A.M. and go on till noon. The afternoon classes begin by 3 P.M. and end by 5 P.M. Besides physical training the students have to learn the literature of the art concerned.

In recent times Kerala Kalamandalam has initiated a new Cultural Tourism Project titled ” A Day With the Masters”, this half-day package tour is first of its kind in the whole world. This structured and professionally managed tour of Kalamandalam will be an unforgettable experience for the visitors. This guided tour includes a three-hour comprehensive visit of the Kalamandalam campus and the old campus where Kalamandalam started functioning in 1930.

Kerala is home to a stunning variety of art forms. ‘Kathakali’ the most popular art form in which the entire body is used to portray a story. The Kathakali artistes wear elaborate costumes, ornaments and facial make-up.’Mohiniyattam’ the dance of enchantress and ‘Kalaripayattu’ the amazing martial art.

classical dance form which combines facets of ballet, opera, masque and the pantomime. It is said to have evolved from other performing arts like Kootiyattam, Krishnanattam and Kalarippayattu. Kathakali explicates ideas and stories from the Indian epics and Puranas.

Presented in the temple precincts after dusk falls Kathakali is heralded by the Kelikottu or the beating of drums in accompaniment of the Chengila (gong). The riches of a happy blending of colour, expressions, music, drama and dance is unparallelled in any other art form.

Kathakali Make-up

Costume is elaborate with the face painted up. Great importance is laid on the Vesham or make-up which are of five types – Pacha, Kathi, Thadi, Kari and Minukku.

The pomp and magnificence of Kathakali is partly due to its decor part of which is the kireetam or huge headgear and the kanchukam the over sized jackets, and a long skirt worn over a thick padding of cushions. The identity of the actor is completely mutilated to create a super human being of larger-than-life proportion.

Pacha (Green)

Pacha Vehsam or the green make-up portray noble protagonists.

Kathi (Knife)

Kathi Vesham portrays villainous characters.

Thadi (Beard)

There are three types of bearded or Thadi Veshams.”Vella Thadi” or White beard for superhuman monkeys like Hanuman.”Chuvanna Thadi” or Red beard is for evil characters.”Karutha Thadi” or Black beard for the hunter.

Kari (Black)

Kari Vesham is used for she-demons.

Minukku (Prettying Up)

The “Minukku Vesham” is used for female characters and sages.

Mudra

Mudra is a stylized sign language used to depict an idea, a situation or a state of being. A Kathakali actor enacts his ideas through mudras. For this he follows a systematic sign language based on Hastalakshana Deepika, a treatise on the language of hand gestures.

Kathakali Music

The orchestra is formed of two varieties of drums – the maddalam and chenda; the chengila which is a bell metal gong and the ilathalam or cymbals.

Kathakali Training

Students of Kathakali have to undergo rigorous training replete with oil massages and separate exercises for eyes, lips, cheeks, mouth and neck. Abhinaya or expression is of prime importance as is nritya or dance and geetham or singing.Together with highly evocative facial expressions, the mudras and the music both vocal and instrumental, Kathakali unfolds stories from a bygone era in a lofty style reminiscent of the Greek plays. Kerala Kalamandalam , is the prominent institution imparting Kathakali training in the traditional way.

Mohiniyattom

The sinuous dance of the enchantress, this is a distinctive classical dance form of Kerala. Slow, graceful, swaying movements of the body and limbs and highly emotive eye and hand gestures are unique to this dance form. The simple, elegant gold-filigreed dress, in pure white or ivory, is akin to the traditional attire of the women of Kerala. The origin of Mohiniyattom is rooted in Hindu mythology. Once the ocean of milk was churned by the gods and demons to extract the elixir of life and immortality. The demons made away with this divine brew. Lord Vishnu came to the rescue of the panicky gods and assumed the female form of an amorous celestial dame Mohini. Captivating the demons with her charms, Mohini stole the elixir from them and restored it to the gods. This dance was adopted by the Devadasi or temple dancers, hence also the name ‘Dasiattam’ which was very popular during the Chera reign from 9th to 12th century.

Kalaripayattu (Martial art form)

Kalaripayattu involves extremely energetic techniques of defence and attack.

This comprehensive system of martial arts, regarded as one of the oldest and most scientific in the world, evolved in North Kerala. Here we have ‘Kalari’ or gymnasia where boys and girls were trained under a ‘Gurukkal’. Here they were taught a set of body exercises as well as use of weapons like ‘kuruvadi'(short stick) and ‘sariravadi’ (mace,spear,dagger,sword,shield).
‘Marmams’ were taught to the most promising of the lot. ‘Marmamas’ are vulnerable parts of the human body and a skilled person can disable or kill his opponent by a mere touch.


Posted June 11, 2011 by davis in Uncategorized

Amala Medical College   Leave a comment

Amala Cancer Hospital and Research Centre was established in 1978 as a non-profit, charitable institution aimed at treatment and management of Cancer in Central Kerala, India. Over the years Amala has grown to become one of the major voluntary territory level hospital in India having modern diagnostic, therapeutic and research facilities to combat Cancer and other ailments. This 550 bed hospital complex is unique in having three principal systems of medicine namely Allopathy, Ayurveda and Homoeopathy in the same campus.

Postal Address

AMALA INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES
Amala nagar P.O, Thrissur, Kerala 680 555

Name of Management

Amala Cancer Hospital Society

Name of Director

Fr. Walter Thelappilly CMI

Name of Principal

Dr. M.R. Chandran

Name of contact person

Fr.Francis Kurissery CMI

Nature of Institution

Christian Minority

Contact Phone Nos

04 87-2304000, 2304116

Fax/Website

0487-2307020/ www.amalaims.org

E-mail

amalamedicalcollege@gmail.com, info@amalaims.org

Distance from the nearest railhead

8 kms from Thrissur Railway Station

Distance from nearest bus stand

8 kms from Thrissur

Amala hospital one of first director Fr.Gabrial with Kerala cancer society members checking the hospital work.

1978 April 25 th President Neelam Sajeevareddy  inugrated the Hospital.

Posted June 6, 2011 by davis in Uncategorized

Sri Kurumba Bhagavati Temple   Leave a comment

Sri Kurumba Bhagavathi Temple, located at Kodungallur, 40 kilometers from Thrissur, is a renowned pilgrimage centre which worships Goddess Kali. The main attraction at Sri Kurumba Bhagavathi Temple will be Meena Bharani festival. The temple has a historic relevance because it is one of the first temples in Kerala that allowed entry for all devotees irrespective of their caste and religion.

Sri Kurumba Bhagavathi Temple is believed to have been built by the Chera King Cheran Chenguttuvan, for Kannaki – the heroine of Silappathikaram

Situated in a sprawling 10 acre land having plenty of trees, the temple has a very beautiful surrounding. There is a mystical aura attached to it, thanks to secret pathways, chambers and peculiar rituals

Posted June 2, 2011 by davis in Uncategorized