In search of my Kurinji: The Tale of a Land across Time

The splendour of the blue mountains, the swooning beauty of the sea of blue buds beneath and the airy blue above....drowning in all the beautiful blues

Kothamangalam and its culture of farming 

The topography I was traversing would be what the Sangam poets would call marutham or farmlands. On either side of the road there were sprawling fields some of which had yielded themselves to cash crops like rubber. Cocoa and tapioca and different kinds of cultivations including yam and pepper, lent a farm freshness to the air. Kothamangalam town is always a pleasure to cross because of the imposing presence of two churches, which loom over the town.

Martha Mariam Valiyapally (St. Mary's Cathedral)

The Martha Mariam Valiyapally (St. Mary's Cathedral) is believed to have been founded in the 4th century and is intimately connected with the history of Christianity in the state.

St. Thomas Church
Mar Thoma Cheriapally

St. Thomas Church, popularly known as Mar Thoma Cheriapally, where the Saint Baselios Yeldho is buried, is another important Church for the Christians of Kerala.

Kothamangalam town nestles in the serene shadow of these churches and I tried to imagine how from centuries ago small farmers would have come down from the hills with their farm produce to sell them and buy fresh wares in this small trading hub. After Kothamangalam the drive was more relaxed with lesser traffic and the houses farther and farther away from each other.

The Neriamangalam Bridge, built across the Periyar river

Reaching Neriamangalam, I took a minute off to step down from the car and admire the archaic charm of the Nerimangalam bridge which is situated between the Ernakulam and Idukki districts. Built in 1935 by the Maharajah of Travancore, it is named Sethulakshmi, a name reminiscent of the long lineage of the matrilineal queens of Travancore. The gateway to the high ranges of Kerala, the bridge strikes a poetic pose, with the forests and hills on the other side and the Periyar flowing quietly below, her hilly vigour calmed by the sedate plains.  


In search of my Kurinji: The Tale of a Land across Time

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Dosa’s of Aluva 

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Kothamangalam and its culture of farming 

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Neriamangalam to the dream destination 

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At the foothills of Western Ghats – Adimali 

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'World’s End' at Pothanmedu

Pothenmedu  I drove on to my hotel which ...more

Off to Eravikulam – the abode of Kurinji and Varayadu 

Thalayar Tea Estate, situated on the way to Erav ...more

Kurinji laden hills of Munnar 

It is difficult to describe a scene as breath taki ...more

Marayoor and the Sandalwood forest  

The hills of Marayoor It was with a heavy ...more

The Mattupetty and the Top Station – view points of Kurinji flowers 

I reached Munnar town and drove onwards to the Top ...more