Mr Velu Thampi and an iron fencing

Photo By Gireesh GV

In ‘Statue’ ( a landmark in Trivandrum) among the many statues these iron casted fencing and sculpture of Shri Velu Thampy Dalawa one never forget. Then the secretariat in Trivandrum where most of the political drama take place.

The Kerala Government Secretariat: Over 140 years old, the building’s foundation stone was laid by His Highness Ayilyam Thirunal, the Maharaja of Travancore in 1865 and was completed in 1869. The original structure was planned to accommodate Travancore Royal Durbar Hall where the King meet his council of ministers on monthly basis. It was designed and built under Barton, the then chief engineer of Travancore and incorporates elements of Roman and Dutch architecture.

Velayudhan Chempakaraman Thampi (1765–1809) was the Dalawa or Prime Minister of the Indian kingdom of Travancore between 1802 and 1809 during the reign of His Highness Maharajah Bala Rama Varma Kulasekhara Perumal. He is best known for being one of the earliest individuals to rebel against the British East India Company’s supremacy in India. (Text:WIKI)

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Pushkar, woman devotee

Women in Religious rituals.
© Gireesh GV

Yoga at 1,343 m height ASL

Yoga practitioners doing a photo shoot at the peak in Kodachadri. Photo by Gireesh GV
Yoga practitioners doing a photo shoot at the peak in Kodachadri. Photo by Gireesh GV
Woman descending after her visit to "Moolasthan" Kudachadri temple.
Woman descending after her visit to “Moolasthan” Kudachadri temple.
The family from Thalassery who ride with us to Kudachadri from Kollur
The family from Thalassery who ride with us to Kudachadri from Kollur

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Plastic bottles and papers as major disturbance for envirnment
Plastic bottles and papers as major disturbance for envirnment
visitors at the sunset point, Kudachadri
visitors at the sunset point, Kudachadri
Karnataka police Wireless tower at the peak
Karnataka police Wireless tower at the peak

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This trip is after 19 years of gap. I been there with friends several times, now with my family. We took a jeep ride because not enough time to trek. Its also given me a different experience. Driving through the ghat road can take only 4-wheel drive jeeps and only locally trained drivers. Kudachadri always given me a enchanting experience. Remember my first trip with friends in 1989-90,  we trek to Kodachadri from Kollur.  On the trekking trail one has to pass through Gopalan’s tea shop. Only one who served the essential food like idli, bread, biscuits and bananas (from his farm). Gopalan is a Keralite and living inside the forest for many years…  Now i am not sure whether he still run that shop or there are more people opened shops. In Kudachadri there many vendors now. Place is getting littered. The many who dare to go to the peak are malayalees.

Kodachadri is a mountain peak with dense forests (elevation – 1,343 metres above sea level) in the Western Ghats in South India (Shindig Dist., Karnataka State). It is declared as natural heritage site by Government Karnataka and it is 10th highest peak of Karnataka

GOld…. rush

GOld.... is become madness.

In Kochi an elderly woman in front of a hoarding showing all Indian film super stars to promote GOLD sales in South India. Where the middle class with minimum incomes are really puzzled. The gold prices are gone up in last few years….  There are lots of interesting stories from India on Gold rush. There are people who rush to buy these expensive metal as an investment. That’s true….  But