Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Valappu Beach

 Located in Elamkunnapuzh, near Puthuvype beach

This beach which is as equally beautiful as the Cherai or Puthuvype beach has been recently gaining a lot of tourist attention with more number of people flocking in to spend the evenings here. Even though the nearby areas are often waterlogged, people also wade through to get to the beach. Concerned authority may build a proper passage for visitors in the coming years.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Museum Of Kerala History


Location: Near metro pillar no 349, Pathadipalam Edappally Kochi
Also known as Kerala museum
Days Open: Tuesday to Sunday
Holiday: Monday
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Founder: R. Madhavan Nayar
Established: 1984
Managed by: Madhavan Nayar Foundation
Must attend: Light and Sound show which shows the history of Kerala

Easily accessible via car, bike, bus, metro, auto-rikshaws
Kerala Museum is one of the top 5 museums in Kerala. It exhibits the transition of old to the modern era of Kerala in terms of social and cultural habits. A statue of Sage Parashu Ram(warrior sage, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu) who is believed to have created Kerala from the sea with his axe is the entry point to the museum. There are two other galleries within the premise: Dolls Museum and Gallery of Modern Art.
Dolls museum exhibits different dolls depicting various dance forms and culture within Kerala.
Gallery of Modern Art exhibits paintings and other pieces of art by renowned artists like Raja Ravi Varma, M F Hussain, Jamini Roy and K G Subramanyan among others.

St. Mary's Jacobite Syrian Church

 


 

Location: Kalamassery, Ernakulam, Kerala
This orthodox church dedicated to Virgin Mary is also an attraction in terms of tourism. The Holy Sunoro is placed in the church by H.B. Baselious Paulose the second.
The church was formed after 19 members separated from the Malankara Orthodox Church and raised fund to build the church. The church can accommodate around 100 people. The main festival of the church is the Ascension day of St. Mary and on this day the Holy Sunoro is taken out and shown to the devotees.

SCMS Cochin: School Of Business

 

Location: Prathap Nagar, Muttom, Kochi, Kerala
Founder Chairman: Shri. G P C Nair
Received ISO certification for quality management teaching system
Accredited by ACBSP and NBA
SCMS is one of the biggest business schools in India today after it rose from a very modest beginning in 1976 to become one of the leading business schools by 1998. Best efforts are done to provide international level of facilities.

Apollo Tyres Ltd

 

Location: NH 544, HMT Colony, Kalamassery

Apollo Tyres Ltd, headquartered in Gurgaon(, Haryana, India), is one of the leading tyre manufacturers in India.
Their unit in Kalamassery originally belonged to Premier Tyres and had started commercial production in 1965. Later it was taken on lease by Apollo Tyres for a long term and started its operation in 1995. It manufactures agricultural and industrial tyres and truck, bus, two-wheelers, cars and tractor tyres and tubes.

Milma Dairy

 

Location: Devankulangara, Ernakulam, 682024, Kerala, India
On the side of the national highway near Edapally is this blue and white painted MILMA building which is the main milk-producing unit of Milma. The outlet is open 24 hours. There are a small parlour and a takeaway centre where all sorts of Milma products are sold for moderate prices(Like Kulfi, ice cream, flavoured milkshake, milk, curd, choco bar, yoghurt, ghee, peda, lassi ). There is ample parking area also.
 

Cochin University of Science And Technology(CUSAT)

 

Changampuzha Park


 
Location: Palarivattom - Edappally Rd, Ernakulam, Kerala
Opening time: 5:30 am
Closing time: 9 pm
The lush green two-acre Changampuzha park in Edapally is named after one of the most renowned romantic poets of Kerala; Changampuzha Krishna Pillai. Located within this park is Changapuzha Samskarika Kendram, a centre devoted to culture and art. Even though the area is located between a busy route, it offers a peaceful and calm atmosphere and hence is loved for morning and evening walks. Including young children and senior citizens, people of all ages alike visit this place. Since it is also a hub for cultural activities one may also find notable personalities from the field of art and culture here. Hence it is the best place for art and music lovers. Many performing arts like Kathakali, light music, dance and visual art events take place very often. There is a small park specifically for kids to play. It's also a good place to hold small get-togethers, alumni meet etc.

Pillar At Fort Kochi

 

 
 
A much lesser-known fact about this isolated pillar is that it is a historical symbol; representing one of Kerala’s biggest fire that broke out in the late 19th century now remembered as the Great Fire of Cochin(1889).
In the 19th century, Cochin or British Cochin under the British Raj was much under their monopoly. Indians were thoroughly discouraged to run business in Cochin and were often restricted. Some of the popular and then flourishing businesses belonged to Volkart Bros (now Voltas), Pierce Leslie, Aspinwall, Brindon etc.
In times like that, an indigenous vessel called ‘Chandrabhanu’ was made by the natives. Seeing the potential growth of Indian business, the vessel was held by the court, stating some law and thus preventing the owner from using it. While the owner was going for an appeal, the vessel was held near the Volkart company premises near the shores of Cochin.
On the eve of Jan 4th, 1889, the Volkart workers noticed smoke arising from the vessel. On nearing, they realized the vessel was on fire. Also using this opportunity to get rid of this massive vessel, the rope with which it was held to the shore was cut off to set the burning vessel free for the sea to feed on. Like it was under the fire of revenge, Chandrabhanu started nearing the shores due to strong winds. Since most of the companies did the business of coconut oil, copra, essential oils, ropes, etc and with small settlements having thatched rooves, it wasn't hard for the ball of fire to feed on all the things on the Cochin shore, small and big. Including the Volkart Bros, Aspinwall, Pierce Leslie, Brindon companies and hundreds of settlements in Calvathy, all fell prey to this fire. Least did the people know that this vessel intended only for business would bring such amount of destruction.
To commemorate this day, a pillar was erected in Fort Kochi. Next time you visit this area, do take a second glance at this pillar.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Parade Ground


Parade ground located in Fort Kochi close to St. Francis church is probably the oldest and the largest ground spanning around 4 acres in Fort Kochi. It had been used for parades by various colonial administrations like the Portuguese, Dutch and British and hence the name parade ground. Since it is not a tourist destination, it is most often occupied by the youth to play sports like football. Earlier, people also used to play other sports like cricket and hockey in the same ground. It had also been selected as the training ground for Under 17 FIFA World Cup in the year 2017. But there has been little maintenance of the ground after the conclusion of the sporting event. Not many tourists visit this ground, but if they do, they can witness the enthusiasm and energy of the youth of the city and also get to interact with them. There are many good restaurants nearby.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary


Established in 2014, Mangalavanam bird sanctuary which is situated in around 2.72 hectares of land in the heart of Cochin city is often accredited as the green lung of Kochi. This is also located behind the compound of the High Court of Kerala. Even though it is in the heart of the city, this place is very calm and quiet. Newlywed couples often visit this place for post-wedding shoots amidst this bounty of nature. Since this place has no entry fee, nature lovers of all ages come here to enjoy the greenery. The land consists of a large number of flora and fauna including about 98 different species of birds. Apart from that, there are about six types of mangroves.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Willingdon Island


Willingdon island is one of the largest man-made artificial islands in the country. It is named after Lord Willingdon who had been the Viceroy of India when the island was made in 1936. It was made around the lake of Kochi, initially for only shipping and navigation. Although there is no other entertainment as such in the island, the view from the island is picturesque and most people find it very relaxing to be here during evening hours. Since it is also a little away from the crowded city, it is a quiet place. The roads here are world class and hence many people come here to learn driving because they give out very smooth rides. It is a well maintained and clean place. There are benches at different spots where people can relax and enjoy a different vibe of the city. Government boats also provide their service to shuttle people to and from the island.