Kerala Monthly Archives: July 2010

Kerala Kalamandalam


The famous poet, Valtathol Narayana Menon, is credited with the setting up of this premier institute in 1930 to nurture the growth of Kerata’s traditional dance forms. Initially located within the stately home of a feudal lord, it later shifted … Continue reading

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River Rafting


The raft used is made of recyclable and eco-friendly material, fashioned out of wild bamboo and fastened with coir ropes. Supported by large truck tyre tubes, rafting in this vessel down the Thootha River is an experience not to be … Continue reading

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Kerala Kathakali


Kathakali is the most popular dance-drama of Kerala. This classical art form that evolved across the last 400 years combines facets of ballet, opera, masque and the pantomime. It is said to have evolved from other performing arts like Kootiyattam, … Continue reading

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Thrissur Pooram


A line of elephants in full splendor of festival adornments and surrounded by a spirited crowd. The snap for the month was taken during the most famous festival occasions of Kerala – the Thrissur Pooram. The elephants shown in the … Continue reading

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Alleppey Houseboats


In Kerala, houseboats are known as kettu valloms. Boats in a variety of shapes and sizes have traditionally been the chief mode of transport in the backwaters for men and material since olden days. Thatched roof covers over wooden hulls, … Continue reading

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Alleppey Snake Boat Race


At one time, boats were the only mode of transport in the backwaters. The advent of roads changed that. Much later, tourism heralded another change rice boats metamorphosed into houseboats, and the slender snake boats, or chundan vallom, used by … Continue reading

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Sri Lankan architectural tradition is well displayed at Sigiriya, the best preserved city centre in Asia from the first millennium, with its combination of buildings and gardens with their trees, pathways, water gardens, the fusion of symmetrical and asymmetrical elements, … Continue reading

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Blessed a with salubrious climate, breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains and greenery; it’s hard to imagine that Nuwara Eliya is only 180 Km from the hot and humid Colombo. Nuwara Eliya is a mountain station at 1,868 m (6,128 … Continue reading

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  Facing the Indian Ocean, a tropical lagoon and a major river Bentota offers water sports possibilities nowhere else to be found. Apart from swimming, body – surfing or diving in the sea, you can jet-ski, windsurf, parasail or enjoy … Continue reading

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  Kandy, the cultural capital of Sri Lanka, is a major tourist destination in the country. The town boasts prominent tourist attractions like the Temple of Tooth and the Old Royal Palace. The city which came into being in the … Continue reading

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