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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

7.VELIYANGADI - BIG BAZAR CALICUT

വലിയങ്ങാടി / ബിഗ്‌ ബസാര്‍
Valiyangadi alias Big Bazaar, one of the major shopping centers located near the railway station is known for its wholesale of Kerala spices. Big Bazaar road and Court road are good places to purchase spices. Handicrafts items can be purchased from the supermarkets on Mavoor road and CSI Mananchira. Valiyangadi is also known for its wholesale trade of fresh, salted and preserved fish.

Veliyangadi is not a typical 'place of interest' one would want to visit. The noise, rush and heat of this narrow lane would test any visitors' mettle. Nevertheless, not many streets can boast a 600-year-old history and still be functioning as one of the main commercial centre of a city. In spite of creeping signs of modernity over hundreds of years, this crowded part of the city offers the best chance to visualize daily life at a commercial hub in medieval Calicut.


Muslim, Jain and Hindu seths, Gujarathi and Marwari moneylenders and Tamil and Andhra Chettis can be seen busy with their businesses, as they did for centuries. Merchants and accountants still use a unique system of finger-code language as noted by Ma Huang of Zheng He’sfleet in 1403. The legend has it that the First Secretary of the Zamorin, Mangat Achan, after a long penance had the goddess of wealth Lakshmi appear before him. He then made her promise to wait until he returned but went home and committed suicide. Unable to break her promise, it is said, Lakshmi stayed permanently in Veliyangadi.

8.KOZHIKODE BEACH



കോഴിക്കോട് ബീച്
Kozhikode Beach is a favourite haunt of sunset viewers. Its natural beauty and old world charm makes it a dreamy place to visit. The beach has an old lighthouse and two crumbling piers running into the sea, each more than a hundred years old. Children can be entertained at the Lions Park and the Marine Water Aquarium. Should you be able to drag yourself away from the beach the city of Calicut or Kozhikode awaits you with its unique culture and other treasures.

Getting there:

Nearest Railway Station:Kozhikode, about 1 km
Nearest Airport: Karipur International Airport,about 25 km




The beach is the most popular retreat for locals. In spite of beautification works and lax coastal management, it remains unexploited and visually pleasing. This shore has been a witness to many historic events, including pitched naval battles and the arrival of ships from distant lands. Uddanda, the Sanskrit poet in Zamorin's court, said: "The ocean, the father of the goddess of riches [Indira is a synonym of Lakshmi] seeing that his daughter has settled down in Kukkatakroda [Sanskrit for Kozhikode], is embracing the place, presenting it with shipful of jewels". Several national leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Indira Gandhi and Krishna Menon have addressed people here.


The 'Beach Road' was renamed Gandhi Road from Evan's Road after Mahatma Gandhi's visit in January 1934. Two dilapidated piers can be seen extending into the sea. The 'Iron Screw-pile' pier to the north was built in 1871, 400 ft long (120 m) with a 'T' end. Numerous cranes on these piers once loaded spices and other goods destined to foreign ports like Aden, Genoa, Oslo, London, Bremen, Hamburg, New York etc.

Near the northern pier is a park maintained by the Lions club, a children's park, the lighthouse with a seafarer's memorial and a marine aquarium. Further north to the Lions' Park is a dirty fishing area where once was located a French Loge with factories and French settlements. Near the south pier is a place called 'Horse's Jumping Point' where horses brought from Gujarat and Arabia were made to jump into the water, swim and would gallop along the shore and be displayed for sale. The beach offers a pleasant view at times of fishermen entering the sea with their tiny boats, fighting the waves and returning with their catch.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

SATHYA SAI NO MORE..


Spiritual leader Sathya Sai Baba Passes away.who was hospitalized on March 28 following problems related to heart and respiration, passed away on Sunday morning.

Former Supreme Court chief justice and Sathya Sai Central Trust member PN Bhagwati announced in a press release that Sai Baba breathed his last at 7.28am.

Baba's body will be kept at Sai Kulwant Hall on Monday and Tuesday for darshan, Sathya Sai Central Trust announced officially.

Preparations for last rites are under way. Four lakh devotees from India and abroad are expected to arrive.

Andhra chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy has left for Puttaparthi to pay tributes to Baba.

For the first time since Baba was admitted to Sathya Sai Baba super speciality on March 27, the doctors did not issue a morning bulletin on Sunday.

In the Saturday evening bulletin, the doctors had termed Baba's condition as very critical.

Fearing the worst, hundreds of devotees in the town broke down as their hopes for recovery of the 85-year-old spiritual guru appeared to be fading.

Major industries minister Geeta Reddy and senior government officials rushed to the hospital on Sunday morning and were holding meeting with doctors and trust officials before making an announcement.

The state government has gone on high alert.

More than 6,000 policemen were rushed to the town for deployment and to make arrangements for the visits of VIPs.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

6.CALICUT - Places of Interest and Historical Siginificance



As far as Kerala is concerned, Calicut is really a beauty Queen. There are many places of Interest with historical significance.But the sad thing is that no one is aware about it.A day is not enough to enjoy the beauty of our Calicut.

Yes...Let us start our Jouney to the heart of Calicut..


TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN CALICUT

1)KOZHIKODE BEACH
2)VELIYANGADI (BIG BAZAR)
3)MANANCHIRA
4)SM STREET
5)SAROVARAM PARK
6)TALI SIVA TEMPLE
7)PANNIYANKARA BHAGAVATI TEMPLE
8)THIRUVANNUR SIVA TEMPLE
9)KAPPAD BEACH
10)ART GALLERY AND KRISHNA MENON MUSEUM AT EAST HILL KOZHIKODE
11)KADALUNDI BIO RESERVE,home to various migratory birds
12)LALITHAKALA ACADEMY ,behind town hall Kozhikode
13)JAWAHARLAL NEHRU PLANETARIUM
14)MISHKAL MOSQUE,a historic mosque built 650 years ago
15)THUSHARAGIRI FALLS,a waterfall situated about 55km from calicut Railway station

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

5.Welcome to CALICUT (KOZHIKODE)

കോഴിക്കോട്

Kozhikode is also known as Calicut , is a city in northern part of the state of Kerala in Southern India.Formerly calicut was called traditional capital of Northern Kerala under the Samuthiri rule.





കാലിക്കറ്റ്‌ റെയില്‍വേ സ്റ്റേഷന്‍



During classical antiquity and the Middle Ages,Calicut was dubbed the "City of Spices" for its role as the major trading point of eastern spices.Kozhikode was once the capital of an independent kingdom of the same name and later of the erstwhile Malabar District.
CALICUT RAILWAY STATION
KOZHIKODE RAILWAY STATION - NEW LOOK

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Real Indian... We are really proud of you.

Kalamji we are really proud of you... He is the real model for us. Respect him for respect our nation and our rules.















Ajith standing in queue for casting his vote















A blind man casting his vote
















But our malayalam actress Kavya Madhavan returned without casting her first vote.