Bekal Fort

Bekal Fort

The laterite fort in north Malabar built by the Ikkeri Naikas.

Bekal Fort

The salty atmosphere or the ever lapping salty seawater could do no damage to this sea projecting fortification. That speaks of the endurance of laterite as a building material

Uyire..!

Bastion in Bekal Fort

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Thenmala Eco-Tourism

Thenmala Eco-Tourism

Thenmala forest, on the gentle slops of the Sahyadri (Western Ghats) is boasted to be India's first planned eco-tourism destination.

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kulathupuzha

kulathupuzha

Kulathupuzha, a small town fringing the forest ranges in the southeastern part of Kerala is well known for the Sastha temple.

The presiding deity at the Kulathupuzha Temple is known as Bala Sastha, the Lord Harihara in infant form.

This is one of those rare temples where feeding the fishes in the pond is considered as a poise act. Peanuts and puffed rice given to fish as food.

It's quite a delight to watch those massive Mahseer fishes (Tor khudree) moves in large numbers and gobble the food thrown by the pilgrims.

From a conservation point of view this is a safe sanctuary for the endangered Deccan Mahseer also called Black Mahseer (Tor khudree) variety of the fresh water fish.

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10000th Shot!!!

10000th Shot!!!

So my Cannon EOS 1000 clicked it's 10,000th shot at Tiruchendur!!!

 

I was not noticing it was inching close to this milestone. While down loading images from the camera I've noticed it has created a new folder for some of the images.

Then I realized that the image file names for the new folder stared with _MG_0001.JPG. So that's practically the 10000th image, the camera took.

Between Jan 2009 and May 2012, it's about 244 shots each month!

Now I've a new problem to deal with, a potential file name conflict in the computer!

10000th Shot

10000th shot. The massive western gateway of the Subrahmanya temple at Tiruchendur

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Nungu (நுங்கு)

Nungu (நுங்கு)

Slurp!!!

It's much welcomed when driving through the arid countryside in Tamilnadu. Even after hours on the highway, one may not find a decent looking restaurant.

But that can not be a reason to worry. You are more likely to see someone standing by the highway, his bicycle overwhelmed with that purple coloured tender palm fruit.

Using a sickle, they skillfully takes out the tender kernel, 3 in each fruit. The thick kernel holds a mouthful juice (slurp, again!!)

What more, nothing can match the way Nungu(நுங்கு) is served, it that skillfully crafted palm leaf plate.

A fruit (3 kernels) can cost anything from Rs10 to 20, depending on where you buy it.

Before eating, peel off that whitish skin over over the kernel as much as possible. Also don't keep the extricated kernel for long before consumption. Ask the seller to cut the most tender fruit.

All the above can reduce that mild bitter taste associated with this otherwise sweetish fruit.

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Aryankavu Viaduct

Aryankavu Viaduct

A visual feast and architectural marvel this railway bridge is on the legendary Quilon (now Kollam) - Schencottah meter gauge railway line.

It's locally known as the Pathimoonnu Kannara Palam (literally 13 Arch Bridge). So that speaks of this bridges construction style. The rail line known for its long tunnels, steap climbs and of course the bridges and viaducts like this was inaugurated in the year 1904. Even after 100 years the bridge shows no signs of any weakness.

And what is astonising is this bridge was not built using cement and concrete , the way modern bridges are built.

What they (the engineers of colonial period) used was neatly cut granite blocks and a sticky paste called Surki (lime+brick powder+water).

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Nellaiappar Temple

Nellaiappar Temple

The massive Nellaiappar Temple , dedicated to lord Siva (Nellaiappar) is in the heart of Tirunelveli town.

Leaving the massive scale of the temple complex aside, what surprised me the most is the idol of lord Vishnu (Nellai Govindan) located right next to the Siva shrine. And of course there is a shrine dedicated to Ravana too!

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