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Old May 3rd, 2014, 03:00 PM   #81
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Old & New Face of Thankasseri Arch Gate

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Old May 10th, 2014, 08:33 AM   #82
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Kadapakkada Sports Club established in 1942 - A club that helps in holding Kollam's culture & heritage high

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Old May 15th, 2014, 03:56 AM   #83
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Portraits of Thamarassery Nambi Matt - Century old portraits

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Old May 22nd, 2014, 10:45 AM   #84
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Kollam beach is rich in history and beauty

Kozhikode’s shimmering coastline is its cherished possession. Evenings and holidays are not the same if we haven’t headed to the beach. Sea-shore and revelry are so enmeshed that the city beach is often like a carnival. Those seeking peace are shooed out by merriment. The ones who cherish a little more space may choose Kappad. But Kappad is on every tourist’s map. So too is Beypore.

For those looking for peace, reflection and Nature’s wonder, there are options, most of them unexplored. A little over 25 km from the city, further down from Koyilandy, there are beaches rich in myth, history and beauty. The beaches at Kollam and Moodadi are a little different. Both are intermittently fenced by rocks that sneak into the sea. If the Kollam beach has on its shores the old Parapalli mosque, now renovated, by the Moodadi beach is the old Urupunyakkavu temple, a popular spot to offer bali.

At Moodadi and Kollam, the hillocks end and the sea begins. The bird-eye-view is pleasing. However, these shores have not got much tourist attention. Nandakumar Moodadi, a photographer and a local who grew up playing on the Moodadi beach, says the South-East portion of the beach is relatively shallow making it accessible. His childhood memories are of a shore padded with sand. Now it is filled with black soil. “So now we call it the black beach,” he jests. He says this short stretch, slushy at times, will be a beauty if kept clean.

The long sea-wall though interrupts a healthy interaction with the sea. But one can see the fishing boats neatly anchored at the far end, so too the old lighthouse. But it is on the side further down the temple, that the beach bares its beauty. Lore is rich on the shore locally known as the Urupunyakkavu beach.

“It is believed the temple was established by Parasuram,” says Wilson, a local. The temple is significant to the fisher community and their new fishing boats first go round the temple before setting sail. It was also once mussel haven. One can still see scars on the rocks from which mussels have been chipped off. Wilson recalls a time when mussels were part of every function at Moodadi. People feasted on it during weddings and carried them as gifts when they went visiting. “Mussel pluckers earned about Rs. 1,000-1,500 a day then,” he recalls. Post tsunami, mussels have shrunk, so too business. “I heard this year has not been bad though,” he adds.

The scenery is similar at Kollam — rocks, mussels, myths. But Kollam is historical. According to historian, MGS Narayanan, Kollam, known popularly in the past as Pandalayani Kollam, is where Gama landed. “Pandalayani Kollam was among the few natural harbours we had. Though Gama’s ship first anchored at Kappad, after sending out the news of his arrival to the Zamorin, he sailed to the Pandalayani harbour. He stepped on to the land here and was taken to meet the ruler,” says MGS. He says the natural harbour, a hub for old sailing boats and ancient trade, waned in significance as better ships came in vogue.

Myths and beliefs richly weave their magic around Kollam. At the mosque is a footprint believed to be that of the prophet. The water in the rocky well too is considered holy. The Auliya mosque near the well inscribes the year 1402 on it.

History sleeps at every nook and crevice of Kollam. Set aside history and it is a shore of immense natural beauty. Rocks of myriad shapes, some flat and friendly, other high and intimidating, fence the sea.


The fact that the beauteous beaches of Kollam and Moodadi are not on the tourism agenda till now, may change soon. According to Rajeev P.G., Secretary, The District Tourism Promotion Council, Moodadi, Kollam and Thikkoti, are on the DTPC radar. He says there is considerable interest in developing these beaches from the local administration. “All these beaches have tourism potential, but it lies underutilised. We have visited these places and are discussing ideas.” Thikkoti beach, he says, can be developed as a drive-in beach as it is much longer than Muzhipilangad, the other well-known drive-in beach. As plans and projects are discussed, languor remains the mood on these beaches.

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Old June 5th, 2014, 07:16 AM   #85
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Rs. 10 crore allotted for Kuttalam Palace renovation

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Old June 11th, 2014, 04:48 AM   #86
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A library that owes its birth to a movie

  • The Quilon Public Library and Research Centre is today a treasure trove of information for all age groups


  • Profits from ‘Achani’ funded the Quilon public library, now a cultural hub

It is perhaps the only public library in the country which can boast a genesis linked to a movie. In July 1973, when the Malayalam movie Achani was released, the Kollam-based cashew industrialist K. Raveendranathan Nair who produced it declared that he would donate the entire profits from the venture to the construction of a public library in Kollam.

The movie was a box-office success, and Mr. Nair, who later earned the moniker ‘Achani Ravi,’ kept his word by donating his profit of nearly Rs.15 lakh (a big amount at that time) to the library.

It all began in early 1973 when the idea of a public library for Kollam city germinated in the minds of Mr. Nair, physician T. Kurien, and two journalists M.S. Sreedharan and Devanand. Together, they met the then District Collector M. Joseph, whose response was positive.

Society registered

Soon, an ad hoc conference was called by the Collector with all sections of people in Kollam. The discussion largely pertained to getting the government to allocate suitable land in the city to house the library. The meeting adjourned without identifying a property, but succeeded in registering a society, under the Travancore-Cochin Charitable Societies Act, named the Quilon Public Library and Research Centre (QPLRC).

The immediate task of the society was to identify land. Recalls Mr. Nair, “Fortunately at that time, Kollam had two dynamic ministers — T.K. Divakaran and Baby John — in the then C. Achutha Menon Cabinet. The society office-bearers met TK and put forth a suggestion for allocating some land from the Rest House complex at Chinnakada.”

But the visionary that he was, “TK wanted the society leaders to think out of the box and plan a library that would go beyond mere lending of books and promoting reading.” His idea focussed on a library complex that would serve as a cultural hub to promote fine arts and performing arts. “I will discuss it with comrade Baby John,” he told them.

It was Baby John, Revenue and Excise Minister at that time, who suggested housing the library in the Excise Complex on YMCA Road, its current location. The complex was then a dumping space for material objects seized in connection with various excise-related offences.

But finding a suitable alternative accommodation for the Excise Complex was not an easy task. After a lot of effort, on New Year’s Day in 1975, as much as 2.5 acres of the Excise Complex was formally allocated by the government to the QPLRC. At a function held on April 23 that year, Baby John laid the foundation stone for the library building in the presence of Babu Divakaran.

Even as the construction was on, the QPLRC started functioning from a palm-frond-thatched shed in the compound on February 1, 1976.

Building ready in 1978

The building was ready by November 1978, and on January 2, 1979, the QPLRC was inaugurated at a grand function by the then Prime Minister Morarji Desai, in the presence of the then Governor Jyothi Venkatachalam, Chief Minister P.K. Vasudevan Nair, and Baby John.

Key resource

The QPLRC is today a treasure trove of information for all age groups. With a collection of more than one lakh books, the library is a key resource for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, visitors, and the community at large.

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Kuttalam Palace will be preserved and protected: Kollam District Collector

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Pre-historic remnant finds from Kollam again

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Residence of the Maharaja of Travancore at Thevalli in Quilon

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The History under Kollam Seabed

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After 12-year wait, Punalur bridge to get new life

KOCHI: The longstanding demand of archaeological enthusiasts in Kollam appears to have ended with the archaeology department finally coming forward to conserve the 137-year-old suspension bridge in Punalur at a cost of Rs 45 lakh.

The 400-foot bridge which crosses the Kallada River is the only suspended deck-type bridge in south India. It was constructed in 1877 by Scottish architect Albert Henry.

The archaeology department had taken up conservation of the bridge twelve years ago.

However, allegations of corruption and irregularities later led to a vigilance case being registered, which is still sub judice. Later, steps towards conservation were held up due to lack of availability of good quality timber that could withstand seasonal changes.

"Issues between the archaeology and forest departments had delayed the work. Now, the forest department has informed the archaeology department that the Kambakam wood (Hopea paliflora) needed for the bridge is available at Kulathupuzha and Pathnapuram depots," said S Biju, vice-chairman of Punalur municipality. The department has invited tender for conservation works.

The Kerala Industrial and Technical Consultancy Organisation (Kitco) has been entrusted with the task. As part of conservation efforts, the damaged wooden planks of the bridge would be replaced with kambakam wood. "At least 100 cubic metres of Kambakam would be needed to maintain the bridge. The archaeology department would procure the wood from the forest department", said G Pramod, principal consultant of Kitco.

"Though the archaeology department took up the conservation, it was not actively involved. We have been demanding that the bridge be restored for several years now and even launched a protest three months ago," action council president M A Nishad said.

The suspension bridge was built to prevent wild animals from crossing into the town from the forest area of old Kattupathanapuram. Nishad said that as local residents were sceptical, Henry demonstrated the bridge's strength by sitting on a country boat under it with his family while six elephants crossed it.

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Kollam History Centre to build a monument for the Memorial of 'Kollavarsham'



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Grand Old British made bridge to be renovated @ Kulathupuzha

A british made historic bridge of more than 100 years old at Neduvannoor Kadavu near Kulathoopuzha to go into history:

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Kollam diocese becomes 685 years old: A historic moment for the oldest diocese in India

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When Tangasseri Said 'No'

In 1934, the 2000 inhabitants of Tangasseri opposed a move to annex the settlement with Travancore, and preferred to remain under the British empire.

It was discussed in the British House of Commons, the extracts of which can be read here.



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Remnants of Stoen Age found in Chinnakada



Remnants of Stone age are getting from all over the district....Kollam Port, Kandachira, Thazhuthala, Kadakkal, Sasthamkotta, Thangassery, Thevalakkara etc have proven that. Our Politicians and Government should give enough considerations for Kollam's rich historic background
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Absolutely! Kollam has a rich history that is unique and heralds it rich and affluent past.

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Remnants of Stone age are getting from all over the district....Kollam Port, Kandachira, Thazhuthala, Kadakkal, Sasthamkotta, Thangassery, Thevalakkara etc have proven that. Our Politicians and Government should give enough considerations for Kollam's rich historic background
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Absolutely! Kollam has a rich history that is unique and heralds it rich and affluent past.
Ya...but why our politicians are not giving any importance for this??

* No movements from GoK to built a world class Museum at Kollam to exhibit the rich historic background of Kollam

* No initiatives to renovate the Kollam Port as a major port like Cochin Port

* Not even trying to avoid the theft and preserve old remnants and coins collected from the historic places in Kollam like Port Kollam, Chinnakada, Sasthamkotta & Thevalakkara

Previous Government once announced that they will build a Chandni Chowk model complex in Kollam city and would be developed to the standards of an International City if they are voted back to power

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കൊല്ലത്തിന്റെ അവസ്ഥ വ്യത്യസ്തമാണ് ഈ ഇടയായി....എവിടെ കുഴിച്ചാലും ശിലായുഗ കാലത്തെതും അറബിക്-ചൈനീസ് നിര്*മിത പ്രാചീന വസ്തുക്കളും ലഭിച്ചുകൊന്ടെയിരിക്കുന്നു..... GoK should develop Kollam as in the form of an International Port City
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