Odathil Palli – Heritage Mosque in Thalassery Town

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Apr 082018

Odathil Palli is an age-old mosque in the heart of Thalassery town. The architecture has a distinctive style which is commonly found in mosques in Kerala. Odathil Palli was reportedly built in 1806. Moosakakka Keyi was the man behind construction of the mosque. The palli or mosque is not easily visible from the road as it is behind a gate which has a padippura on top. Padippura is a traditional arched gateway on a path leading to the main building

Odathil Palli; mosque; palli; Thalassery; Tellicherry; Kerala; uasatish; copper clad roof;

Exterior of Odathil Palli with Copper-Clad Roof

Architecture of the Mosque

The architecture of the mosque shows none of the Continue reading »

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Shree Sundareshwara Temple in Kannur – Dedicated to Lord Shiva

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Apr 012018

Shree Sundareshwara Temple is an ancient temple in the heart of Kannur. The main deity is Lord Shiva (Sundareshwara). Other deities are of Ganapathy, Ayyappan, Kali and Nagam. The temple was consecrated in 1916.

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Entrance to Valiambalam


In the eighth century, the early inhabitants of Malabar, Continue reading »

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The Making of an Uru

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Jan 082018
Uru; boat; dhow; Beypore; Kozhikode; Calicut; Kerala; India; uasatish;

Half-Built Boat

Uru is a large handcrafted ocean-going boat. The boats are built in Beypore near Kozhikode by master craftsmen who do not make use of technical drawings or blueprints. The boats were traditionally used for transporting goods and people. Most of the Urus are today Continue reading »

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A Peep into Scenic Kerala

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Jan 012018
Wayanad; Kerala; India; mountains; clouds; trees; uasarish;

Cloud Covered Wayanad Mountains

Kerala is India’s unruffled and beautiful state. Its varied landscape forms a narrow strip- nearly 600 km of  coastline along the Arabian Sea, a network of sparkling backwaters and Continue reading »

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Kappad Beach

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Dec 112017
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Kappad Beach

This is the beach where the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama landed in 1498. He was the first European to reach India by sea. He came to establish a trade route between his native Portugal and the Malabar coast. Kerala has always been famous for its spices and that was also the main reason why ancient traders followed the ‘spice route. There was strong demand in Europe for Continue reading »

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Beypore Beach

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Nov 272017
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The Beach at Beypore

Beypore port is one of the oldest ports in Kerala from where trading was done with countries in the Middle East, China and Europe. It is the second largest port in Kerala after Kochi. Beypore Beach is Continue reading »

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Beypore Port near Kozhikode

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Nov 062017
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Entrance to Beypopre Port

Beypore is an ancient port town, located 11 km from Kozhikode. It is one pf the oldest ports in Kerala. Beypore had direct trade links with Middle East and was also an important trade and maritime centre during the days of the early Arab and Chinese travellers. It is the second biggest port in Kerala after Kochi and  handles about Continue reading »

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Pazhassi Raja Museum, Kozhikode

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Oct 302017
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Central Hall of Pazhassi Raja Museum

Pazhassi Raja Museum is located on East Hill, Kozhikode. From Mavoor Road Junction, it is 6.0 km by road (15 min). There is a Kendriya Vidyalaya next to the museum. One has to climb up Continue reading »

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Tali Maha Kshetram

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Oct 162017
Thali Kshetram; Kozhikode; Kerala; India; architecture; temple; uasatish;

Inside Tali Kshetram

Tali Kshetram is an ancient temple in the heart of Kozhikode town. Lord Shiva is the presiding deity. The Jyothirlingam in the Sanctum Sanctorum is believed to have been installed by Lord Parasuraman. The temple is one kilometre to the east of Continue reading »

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Edakkal Caves in Kerala – Abode of Stone Age Man

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Jul 312017
Edakkal Caves; Kerala; India; Wayanad;

Stone Between the Split Rocks

I had received requests that I put up a post on Edakkal Caves. As I did not get an opportunity to visit the place, I invited my old friend and classmate Kurian Varghese to write a guest post. He is an engineer and an independent researcher. The photos were taken by him during a recent family trip.

The photo above shows a stone in between split rocks. Edakkall in Malayalam literally means ‘a stone in between’. The top is open to Continue reading »

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