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Old September 22nd, 2015, 04:20 PM   #221
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Centre to Fund Muziris Excavation
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The Centre will bear the cost of the excavation of Muziris Heritage Project, said noted economist Dr Bibek Debroy, who is the full-time member of the NITI Ayog (National Institution for Transforming India). “The government is ready to bear the cost and will allot the money as per receiving the proposals for the same”, he said.

Dr Debroy visited Pattanam site and had a detailed discussion with Professor P J Cherian, Director of the Project, on various aspects related to the archaeological research and site conservation measures undertaken by the Kerala Council for Historical Research (KCHR) for the last nine years. An academic, Dr Debroy was keen to know the archaeological potential of Pattanam as well. He also enquired about the local community participation and linking it with heritage conservation and sought the requirements of the KCHR in terms of developing Pattanam as a world heritage site and an international centre of learning.

A small exhibition of artifacts excavated at Pattanam was organised for Dr Debroy’s visit. He was explained on how the whole Indian subcontinent- especially the coastal region from Cambay to Tamralipti in Bengal- played a leading role in transforming Indian Ocean into a trade lake 2000 years ago.
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Heritage Conservation Norms Flouted in Fort Kochi
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Despite the efforts to conserve the heritage beauty of Fort Kochi, building renovation and additions are taking place across the zone violating the spirit of heritage conservation norms, allegedly with the connivance of the authorities. Just within 100 metres radius of the zonal office of Kochi Corporation in Fort Kochi, building rules as per the Art and Heritage Commission norms are flouted.

Social activists in the area allege that even buildings under the city corporation are being renovated violating the spirit of heritage conservation. In the absence of an enforcing mechanism, building materials that should be shunned in a zone that still preserve the memories of the earliest European settlement in the country are rampantly used. “A look around the town will be very depressing,” said former mayor K J Sohan, who is an ardent heritage conservationist.



“Materials like modern tiles, glass, tin and metal roofing are being used widely. And even public building are renovated against the spirit of heritage conservation,” he added.

It is mandatory to get prior approval for building plan and plan for renovating the existing structure from the Corporation, district town planner and then from the Art and Heritage Commission that looks into the preservation of heritage norms in the area.

But these no-objection certficates are apparently easier to violate than getting through the maze of paperworks.

They once get approval for a specific plan that strictly adhere to the norms. And then simply ignore them. “The most glaring example is a six-storied building overlooking the Calvathy jetty right in the heart of Fort Kochi. The Corporation stalled the construction after the Art and Heritage Commision was about to take action,” said Sohan.

The former counsilor also objected to the renovation of Corporation’s boat jetty building at Fort Kochi. “No efforts are taken to give a heritage character of the town and huge glass panels are being used in the construction,” he pointed out.

People come here to enjoy the heritage beauty of the town. They pay above Rs 10,000 as room rent per night just because of the heritage value. And the government gets 22 per cent as luxury tax.

They are charging big for the heritage value, but it is saddening that not many are interested in preserving the heritage, Sohan pointed out. Even in the Princess Street one can see modern flashy tiles replacing the old plastered walls that have the ancient charm. Again, new additions are coming up in steel and mortar.

The roofs get ‘stealthily’ replaced with tin sheets, without anybody noticing them! Even big resorts have replaced the roofing tiles with tin sheet, a real turnoff among centuries-old heritage bungalows.

Shiny Mathew, Town Planning Standing Committee chairperson, assured that the Corporation will look into the alleged violations of the norms of construction.

“So far, I have not received any complaints regarding the violations of norms in the heritage zone,” Fort Kochi Sub Collector S Suhas said referring to the alleged flouting of norms in the construction in the Princess Street. He assured action taken if he received complaints regarding the same.

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■ Construction and renovation of buildings in the Heritage Zone first submitted to the City Corporation. It goes to Chief Town Planner and after the Art and Heritage Commission nod, the Corporation gives approval.

■ Construction or renovation within 300 metres of centrally protected monuments needs prior NOC from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

■ The area under the Heritage Zone is not clearly specified. However, Kerala Tourism (Conservation and Preservation of Areas) Act has laid down clear guidelines for construction and renovation in each street of Fort Kochi. A look around the town will be very depressing. Materials like modern tiles, glass, tin and metal roofing are being used widely. And even public building are renovated against the spirit of heritage conservation K J Sohan, Heritage Conservationist
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Heritage Museum Opening Tomorrow
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The District Heritage Museum in Kochi will be inaugurated on Tuesday at Bastion Bungalow. The museum is part of the state’s plan to have a string of heritage museums, showcasing the rich culture, history and tradition of the state, in all districts. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will inaugurate the museum at a function to be presided over by Cultural Affairs Minister K C Joseph at 3.30 pm.

The district heritage museums are planned as part of the state government’s programme to preserve and showcase the legacy and tradition of the state. The museums, which are to be developed as information hubs for heritage buffs, are coming up under the state Archaeology Department in six districts. Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Palakkad, Pathanamthitta and Wayanad are the places where the museums will come up, apart from Ernakulam.
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President to launch Muziris project on February 27
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President Pranab Mukherjee will launch the first phase of Muziris heritage project near here on February 27.

This will in turn help Kerala Tourism begin marketing the historic locale. A total of Rs.104-crore conservation works were done using Central and State funds in the famed ancient port of Muziris spread across North Paravur and Kodungalloor. The PWD spent Rs.10 crore to ready roads linking the heritage sites, while the Irrigation Department built boat jetties using Rs.4.50 crore. Hop on, hop off boats too are ready to ferry visitors through the historic locales.

Speaking about the launch, Director of Kerala Tourism Anupama T.V. said that the department is excited about the launch.
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Yes, I have been to Parambikulam and have visited the place where the tram starts from there. The route was being used by KSEB to take things through that route before.
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An illustration of Fort Kochi. Easily the best part I like when visiting the city!

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Plea to protect Mattancherry Bazaar
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A group of people in West Kochi under the aegis of Mattancherry Bazaar Samrakshana Samithy took out a march to the office of the Kochi Corporation on Wednesday.
‘Stop construction’

They were demanding that the historic market, its buildings and premises be maintained and that construction of buildings in the area against the existing regulations be stopped.

The march, which went through the market area, was flagged off by councillor of the corporation T. K. Ashraf, said the organisers.
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The last Royal Athachamayam held under patronage of H.H The Maharaja of Kochi in 1949.

Kochi King participating in the royal Athachamayam as part of Onam rituals.
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Found an excellent write up on memoirs of Sealord Hotel in its old days from Eat Kochi Eat group.

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WHEN FRENCH ONION SOUP COST FOUR RUPEES AT SEALORD HOTEL





Nestled amongst the multitude of buildings dotting the street of Shanmugam Road/Marine Drive and in the midst of ever mushrooming skyscrapers is a “little” skyscraper of 8 storey height, which to its credit has the title of being the FIRST SKYSCRAPER IN KERALA.

This skyscraper houses the iconic HOTEL SEALORD. Wikipedia claims that the hotel was constructed in 1966 – I question this date, the hotel was very much in operation during this period. Sealord can lay claim to being the first concrete-piled building in South India.

D.C. Johar was a businessman, mainly as a wholesaler of Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) and liquor. There was even a liquor brand carrying his name – “Johar’s”. To my knowledge, the successors of D. C. Johar are still in business in Cochin. Sealord is the brainchild of D.C. Johar. It was constructed during a period, when Ernakulam was a Municipality and building rules not defined or lax. Sealord was built on a small piece of land and you will note that the building has little or no setback whatsoever. Marine Drive during those days did not exist and across the Shanmugam Road lay the Cochin backwaters and a small jetty from where the Kanniampuram brothers (who were big in business then) used to commute in their personal boat to their abode in Bolgatty. Johar’s vision was to have the hotel on one side of the road and on the other side of the road, a car park reclaimed from the backwaters. The car park idea somehow did not take off.

Shanmugam Road during those days was a quaint little idyllic place, where people came to watch movies at Menaka and (subsequently) at Sridhar, have a relaxing walk in the evening, a gathering place for the several friendship groups and for the loners a place to sit and ruminate. The Menaka bus stop was the nearest to the Ernakulam market and Broadway.

The hotel was in a very beautiful setting and watching the sun set from the parapet and from within the hotel was a real treat for the eye. Today, the GCDA shopping complex has blocked that view, at least from the Sealord side.

Sealord was the first 3 star hotel in Kerala. It has very many firsts to its credit. Probably, the first to have introduced fine dining in Kerala. The first to have introduced Continental and North Indian cuisines in Kerala, when the state was still in the porotta, mutton/chicken curry, biriyani and sambar rice culture and age.

Sealord had a well-organized staff structure with clear distinction of functions amongst service and production (kitchen) staff, front office staff, etc. Service staff in the early days of Sealord had female on their roll. The Princess Restaurant, located on the first floor was probably the first fully air-conditioned restaurant in Kerala. (Woodlands did have a restaurant which was partially air-conditioned, with higher rates for using that part of the restaurant). Orders were taken by the Head Waiter/Maître D, service at the table was an essential ingredient. Liquor was served in the appropriate glasses or wine glasses – one glass fits all drinks just wasn’t there. At the restaurant one could wine and dine. Adjacent to the Restaurant was a small bar, where, at times, one could observe commotion – which off course is expected from a bar and an integral part of some Mallus after they have had a drink or two.

Sealord can also lay claim to being the first hotel to have a live band in their restaurant. The five piece band included a crooner, a pianist, a drummer, a saxophonist and double bass guitarist. Rufus, the singer was a real marvel to listen to (a newspaper report during those days carried an article in which it was said that a German hotel had offered him a job, however, he simply choose to stay behind in Kochin). The members of the band were from Mumbai and Goa. The double bass guitarist can be seen in one of the song scenes (Baar Baar Dekho) of the old Hindi movie – China Town.


Entertainment was not limited to live band; the hotel was the first to introduce cabaret in Kerala and their form of cabaret was refined, appealing to the eyes and really enjoyable. It was never the strip-tease type. In following years, a few hotels in Kerala obtained licence to have cabaret performed in their restaurants. Notorious amongst them were the one operated by Oberois (who were at one time employees of the Johars) at the extreme end of M.G. Road and near to Medical Trust Hospital; then there was one in an upstairs area between Sealord and Sridhar Theatre (forgot the name). The police authorities, at one time, even gave permission to have cabaret organized in the Stadium ground near KSRTC bus stand (Ambedkar Stadium?). These shows where however not only vulgar but down right demeaning to women, with complete body exposure. The cabaret culture caught on like wild fire and there were restaurants in Calicut and Kollam (?) organizing the vulgar type of performance. Though classified as restaurant, these outlets had a minimum cover charge, which included one drink plus the cabaret show. More than a restaurant, it was run as a performing theatre.
Sealord, however, as mentioned, was different. The performance there was restrained and refined. Cabaret aside, they used to invite several artists from different parts of the country and abroad. A group from Sri Lanka used to perform the fire dance A few persons, I have observed in Hindi movie songs have also performed in the Princess Restaurant. Noorjehan – a Qawal – with performance in Hindi movies have also performed at Sealord.

Sealord had a dance floor and many that visited the Princess Restaurant took to the floor as couples, however, there was a Sardarji, who was always alone and loved to dance all by himself. His favourite was the “Twist”. This is a form of dance that was very popular in the 60s:

Sealord was never famous for its food, however, for the rich, this was the place to be in, not because they loved the food or enjoyed the music, but to make their presence felt in circles that mattered. I belonged to a family, which during those days had a very prosperous business and visit to this hotel was frequent. It was here that we learned songs, such as
“Besame Mucho”, “Ave Maria”, “Raindrops keep falling on my head”, “Underneath the mango tree”, etc. in effect, our first exposure to English music. The Beatles mania were yet to reach the shores of Cochin during those days – Cliff Richard and Elvis were still the reigning kings.

Sealord was also the place that I aspired to be in when our business went bust and we could no more afford to dine there. Many a day, I used to stand across the street and enjoy the music of Rufus – whose voice, together with the “doom”, “doom” sound of the drums and double bass guitar could be heard faintly across the street. Rufus left Sealord in the early 70s and in subsequent years, several bands played there, including 13 AD.

Sealord, was the favourite haunt of the very little tourist that visited Kochin during those days and the sailors from ship that anchored in Cochin. Many a Keralite were not comfortable with the type of food served there, the etiquettes to be followed and the dress code to be observed, etc.

Sealord was probably the first hotel in Kerala to have a board displayed, stating:
RIGHT OF ADMISSION RESERVED

It was here that I saw a luxury bus with exhaust on the top. The bus belonged to the film crew of “Maya”, an English movie and TV serial that had Indian actors, such as Sajid Khan (of Mother India fame), I. S. Johar, etc. The film was short in Sri Lanka, however, for some reason they landed in Cochin and at Sealord.

The 60s were also the period of Vietnam War and US ships used to anchor in Cochin and sailors were given time out to visit the shores. During such period, the Military police of the US forces could be seen all around Cochin with a blunt baton in hand. These were the US law and order officials ensuring that their sailors behaved. Most of these sailors dined at Sealord and songs led by Rufus were sung along by the sailors in chorus.

Those were also the heady days of communism and socialism and I remember (while in a car) shouting at a US marine – “is the war loving Lyndon B. Johnson the president of USA?”. He was caught by surprise, however, my cruise in a car gave him very little opportunity to respond.
During the 60s, again, the period had a very rebellious disposition and strikes and strife were all too common and Mallus being Mallus had no inhabitation in calling for a strike at the drop of a hat. Sealord also fell victim to the strikes and strife’s of those days.

In the 80s, the hotel was taken over by the Isaacs (owner of Sarita, Savitha, Sangeetha). They still own the place, however, the pride of place, which it ones commanded is no longer there. Many new properties with better facilities and services have cropped up. Sealord, once upon a time was a reference structure with many from other districts and interiors coming to watch first-hand the one and only skyscraper in Kerala at that point of time.
Times have changed and today this property is living on past glory, nevertheless a glory and pride of place that can never be denied to them.
The cool breeze from the Cochin “Kayal” may no longer waft the edifice of Sealord nor will the people on that side of the road be exposed to the breeze, but the imprint that this institution has left behind will live on and on.

French Onion Soup, Napkins, cutlery, finger bowl, ice cream of the highest order, bread rolls and sticks accompanying soups, Italian Manager, Maître D providing service with a smile, live band, Christmas, New Year and Diwali events and many more are the introduction and gift of Sealord to Cochin. NO ONE CAN TAKE THEM AWAY NOR PUSH THEM OUT OF THE PODIUM – IT IS THEIRS FOR EVERY.

Note: Though Casino and Malabar Hotels were in operation; Sealord outshone them.
Write up by Mohammed S. Majeed
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Awaiting a monumental facelift
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Two of the major historic buildings of Fort Kochi will soon be brought under the ambit of Heritage Conservation to preserve the glory of a forgone era they represent. The Hari Shenoy Bungalow which was built in 1874 and the age-old Chembittapalli Mosque which was constructed in 1300 AD are the two historic buildings that were undertaken by the Indian National Trust for Arts and Culture Heritage (INTACH) for the restoration works.


Hari Shenoy Bungalow

The renovation work became a reality after the ‘Cultural Mosaic Project’, mooted by architect Professor Ramaswamy Iyer which gave a comprehensive view on the scheme of renovation, was accepted by INTACH. The project is supported by UNESCO and each building will be renovated at an estimated cost of Rs 2.5 crore.

“The project is an addition to the rich heritage value of Fort Kochi, one of the major tourist attractions in Ernakulam. There are about 15 different communities in Kochi all with their diverse cultures and heritage. All of these cultures have contributed to the growth of the city in innumerable ways . So it is a fair and good move to repay them by protecting the testaments of the past,” said former Mayor K J Sohan.


Chembittapalli Mosque

The Chembittapalli Mosque, also known as Kochungadi Juma-ath Palli, is located at Mattancherry. The mosque’s construction was sanctioned by the then King of Kochi, Syed Moulana Bukhari Thangal, about 700 years ago. The name ‘Chembittapalli’ was derived because of the copper used on the main hall of the mosque.
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An old news about the history of Perumbavoor area (Manorama). Perumbavoor may be the old Vanchi city during Chera Empire. The region of Kothamangalam and Perumbavoor is very old civilization even though many attributes the region as "interior" region due to ignorance.
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A rare find: Memoirs of the Travancore and Kochi states.
http://barry-lewis.com/wp/wp-content...ore-Cochin.pdf

More: http://barry-lewis.com/some-survey-m...dia/#more-1735
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If one wants to look for Cochin identity outside India, this is one best place in a very unusual place- Nevatim- Israel

This is Nevatim's celebrated Cochin Cultural Synagogue established by Malayalee Jews who migrated to Israel in 1960s. Even today Nevatim has the Malayalee Cochini Jews as its major population.

The synagogue is designed exactly like Cochin's famous Paradesi Synagogue. The cultural link is well protect with few Malayalam murals that designed in the synagogue coupled with historical portraits and pictures of Chera Emperors and Kochi King's support to Jewish community in Cochin.









Cochin Museum in Nevatim with old pics of Jewtown Cochin.
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A tale how Malacca fashion and culture came to Kochi and became Desi

Tales of yesteryear's Comsopolitian Kochi

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Another video on Kochi's past thats going viral in social media....

How an Israeli Citizen hunting for his legacy in our city, how a journey in a foreign country finds him his true homeland.... Its bit an emotional ride, but indeed a reminder how we are connected to each other....

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Saw this wonderful collection of Kingdom of Cochin's postal stamps issued by Cochin Anchal (Postal department of Kingdom) during the reign of H.H Kerala Varma VII popularly known as Aykya Kerala Thampuran for his rentless support and campaign to form United States of Kerala, the unification campaign to bring all Malayalam speaking territories under one entity.

The postal stamps of Cochin Kingdom issued in 1946 features key icons that still stands today as landmarks of Kochi like Jewish Synagogue (most oldest in commonwealth), Ram Mohan Palace (old campus of Kerala High Court), Cochin Royal Secretariat complex (Ernakulam Taluk office today), Chinese fishing nets, Hill Palace, Dutch Palace, Backwaters, Cochin Port etc.

The only one missing today will be Cochin Tramways, the most unique forest tramways ever constructed in India... May be when Kochites dream of Metro, hardly few knew, Kochi Kingdom had an extensive tram network, almost 50 Miles in length connecting Chalakudy with deep forest interiors of Parambikulam and further linking to Cochin State railways to connect onward to Ernakulam and Thrissur.
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The forgotten Perumanoor Railway station of Kochi


Cochin Kingdom's Railway officials at the opening of Perumanoor (Thevara) station in 1930s... Interesting to see the uniform of then the Cochin State Royal Police


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Perumanoor station on the Ernakulam-Cochin Harbour Terminus (CHT) railhead was strategically important

Trains used to stop here briefly, yet the station teemed with life. Excited, noisy youngsters alighted here to walk their way to college nearby, Navy personnel and their families tugged their holdalls and metal trunks pushing their way to the compartments. There was a constant buzz.

Today, the Perumanoor railway station (originally spelt Perumanur) is abandoned, forgotten. What remains of this derelict site is the crumbling station building overrun by weeds and all that remains is ‘Station Master’ painted on the wall that indicated the entrance to the station master’s office. A small adjoining room which now stinks of garbage must have been the waiting room.

Proximity to the port

Perumanoor and Mattancherry were two halt stations on the Ernakulam-Cochin Harbour Terminus (CHT) railhead. CHT, located in Willingdon Island, was strategically important for its proximity to the Cochin Port. In fact, this station was built mainly to handle cargo from the Cochin harbour. As it is is said, no port is complete without a railway line. The CHT, just a few yards away from the quays, was the starting point of many important passenger trains and was easily accessible for the residents of West Kochi.

Till the development of CHT trains came only up to the Ernakulam Terminus that operated a metre gauge line to Shoranur. When this was converted to broad gauge the line passed through Ernakulam to Willingdon Island. Many routes were planned, studies undertaken, new stations — Ernakulam Town, Ernakulam Junction, Perumanoor, Mattancherry Halt and CHT — built along the route. Anticipating freight traffic the Venduruthy Bridge was constructed linking Willingdon Island to the mainland.

Passenger trains became operational on this route from 1943 with the introduction of the Cochin-Shoranur passenger. The introduction of the Madras-Cochin Express in 1944 elevated the status of CHT. The Tea Garden Express and Island Express, named after Willingdon Island, enhanced the significance of this route. In the course of two decades many more trains chugged through this route, passing and stopping at Perumanoor. In fact, at its peak of operation 16 trains started from CHT and plied this line.

It was a scenic ride from CHT to Ernakulam. In his travelogue Riding God’s Axe , Siva Sadasivan, writes travelling aboard the Island Express, “It steamed daily from the beautiful Harbour Terminus through Willingdon Island, with its old-world godowns (now replaced by container terminals) to Mattancherry Halt. Then it moved along beside the old Cochin Airport (now exclusively used by the Indian Navy) past Southern Naval Command headquarters, across Venduruthy Bridge. The bridge offers a majestic view of Cochin Port, the Naval Harbour and Ernakulam Wharf on one side and on the other the Cochin Shipyard and crude oil terminals of the Cochin Refinery. The train moves off the bridge and travels on to Perumanur railway station, then through to Ernakulam Junction and further.”

If CHT was intended for the movement of freight from the port, the other stations on this route were located for the convenience of people living in West Kochi, Perumanoor and Thevara. “CHT was mostly used by the middle-level officers and residents of Willingdon Island and the people from Mattancherry who came in small country boats to CHT. Mattancherry Halt was conveniently located for those staying at Edacochin, Palluruthy and Thoppumpady, while Perumanoor was easily accessible for those at Thevara and at Naval Base,” says KVA Iyer, veteran trade union leader.

A halt for college students

Those days Perumanoor was a little township. All this changed when the Cochin Shipyard came up here. The railway line runs close to the junction. “You must have seen the underpass when you cross the junction towards Sacred Heart College, Thevara. There’s a small school, the one where Alexander Parambithara studied. Close to this runs a row of steps that led to what remains of the railway station. Students from ‘far off’ places like Chowara, Chalakudy etc. came to SH College and they usually took the train and alighted at this station. It was also here those staying at Naval Base got down. With the bridges connecting the island to the mainland, with the road to Thevara widened, more buses began plying on this route. This was when the halt for trains at this station ended,” says K G Mathai, senior journalist.

What used to be Perumanoor goes by the name of Thevara today. Many who have stayed and worked here for long have not seen the railway station. “I have been living in Thevara for two decades now but I have not noticed the railway station. By then the number of trains on this route had come down. I knew about Perumanoor through the the railway time table, which I used to read keenly. A couple of times when we went to CHT to see off my aunt I remember taking that ride past Perumanoor to Ernakulam,” says Prof. V J Antony.

Gradually, as time rolled by, CHT began to lose prominence. There are various reasons attributed to this. Opening and development of Ernakulam Junction and Ernakulam Town stations saw most passenger trains diverted, shifting of base station from Kochi to Thiruvananthapuram, rail link extensions to Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram, objection of the Navy and Civil Aviation to electrification, and since 2004 when a dredger hit the Venduruthy Bridge there has been no passenger services to CHT.

The idea of a new suburban rail system, which the Railways is working on earnestly, will revive this route once again. The existing infrastructure requires just a small upgrade. Then trains from northern and southern districts could terminate their trip at CHT. This suburban rail network will ease acute congestion and pollution on national and state highways besides bringing back to life now abandoned stations on the route.

And the buzz will perhaps be back at Perumanoor.
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Some historical facts about Kochi

1910 ൽ കൊച്ചിയിൽ 23000 ആളെ ആകെ ഉണ്ടായിരുന്നുള്ളു.
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പത്മ ജങ്ഷൻ പുഞ്ച പാടമായിരുന്നു.
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ബാനർജി റോഡു മുതൽ പാലാരിവട്ടം വരെ തോടായിരുന്നു.
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ലുലു മാൾ ഉള്ള ഇടപ്പളി കുറുക്കൻ മാർ നിറഞ്ഞ കാടായിരുന്നു ..
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അതിന്റെ സൈഡിലെ ഓവുചാൽ... കനാൽ ആയിരുന്നു തൃക്കാക്കാര അമ്പലത്തിലേക്ക് വള്ള സദ്യ നടത്തിയതും രാജാവ് എഴുനെള്ളിയിരുന്നതും ഇതിലെ ആയിരുന്നു.
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ഋഷിനാഗകുളം എന്നായിരുന്നു എറണാകുളത്തിന്റെ പേര്
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കൊച്ചാഴി ആണ് കൊച്ചി ആയതു ..
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കായലിലെ മണ്ണ് കോരി യിട്ടതാണ് വെല്ലിംഗ്ടൺ ഐലൻഡ്
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കൊച്ചിയില് തീവണ്ടി ആദ്യം എത്തിയത് 1902-ല് ആണ്. അന്നത്തെ റയില്വേ സ്റ്റേഷന് ഇന്നത്തെ ഹൈക്കോടതിക്കു പിന്നിലായിരുന്നു.
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പെരുമ്പടപ്പ് സ്വരൂപം എന്ന പേരിലാണ് ആദ്യ കാലത്ത് കൊച്ചി അറിയപ്പെട്ടിരുന്നത്.
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ആദ്യകാലത്ത് KSRTC Bus Stand ഇപ്പോഴത്തെ Boat Jetty ആയിരുന്നു.
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ഏറണാകുളത്തെ ആദ്യത്തെ ഉയരം കൂടിയ (കേരളത്തിലെ ) ബഹുനില കെട്ടിടം Hotel Sealord ആയിരുന്നു.
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പെൻറാ മേനക ഒരു കാലത്ത് തിരക്കേറിയ സിനിമാ തീയേറ്ററായിരുന്നു. സിനിമ തുടങ്ങുന്നതിന് മുമ്പ് കോളാമ്പി പാട്ടുണ്ടായിരുന്നു. നീലക്കുഴിൽ , ഒരാൾ കൂടി കള്ളനായി - ഈ സിനിമകൾ ഇവിടെയാണ് റിലീസ് ചെയ്തത്. ഹിറ്റായ " ഭാര്യ " പത്മയിലും . പാലാട്ട് കോമൻ , റെബേക്ക ഇവിടെ റിലീസ് ചെയ്തു
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ഇന്നത്തെ വൈറ്റില ജംഗ്ഷൻ 1972 ൽ പോലും ആരോരുമറിയാത്ത കൊച്ചു ഗ്രാമമായിരുന്നു. പൂണിത്തുറ വില്ലേജ് ഓഫീസ് ഈ കവലിയിലായിരുന്നു.
കടവന്ത്രയിൽ റോഡിനിരുവശവും പൊക്കാളി കൃഷി നടത്തിയിരുന്നു.
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1972 ൽ ഇപ്പോഴത്തെ KSRTC Bus stand സ്ഥിതി ചെയ്യുന്ന സ്ഥലം വിജനമായിരുന്നു.
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MG Road സ്ഥാപിച്ചത് സഹോദരൻ അയ്യപ്പൻ പൊതുമരാമത്ത് മന്ത്രിയായിരുന്നപ്പോഴാണ്. അത്രയും വലിയ റോഡ് പണിതപ്പോൾ അയ്യപ്പന്റെ പേരിൽ ആരോപണം ഉയർന്നു , അയ്യപ്പന്റെ മറുപടി " എന്നും കൊച്ചി കൊച്ചു കൊച്ചിയായിരിക്കില്ല '" .
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MG Road മൊത്തം നിലമായിരുന്നു. രവിപുരത്തെ Mercy Estate 1952 വിറ്റത് Rs 500/- .
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പുത്തൻകുരിശ് - എറണാകുളം ദൂരം 20 km . 1972 ൽ പുത്തൻകുരിശിൽ നിന്നും എറണാകുളം St. Albert ' s college വരെ എത്താൻ KSRTC Bus എടുത്ത സമയം 30 മിനിട്ട് . ഇന്ന് ഒന്നര മണിക്കൂർ മിനിമം വേണം.
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South , North ഓവർ ബ്രിഡ്ജ് കളില്ലാതിരുന്ന ഒരു കാലമുണ്ടായിരുന്നു . ട്രെയിൻ കടന്നു പോകുന്നതു വരെ വാഹനങ്ങൾ കാത്ത് നില്ക്കും .
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Broadway തുടക്കത്തിൽഒരു വലിയ സംഭവമായിരുന്നെങ്കിൽ ഇന്നത് ചീള് കേസ് ! Narrow ആയി മാറി .( Broadway യിലെ Bharath Hotel ൽ പഴയ Broadway യുടെ ചിത്രങ്ങൾ സൂക്ഷിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട് )
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1960 കളിൽ എറണാകുളത്തെ Roadകൾ ആൾ വലിക്കുന്ന റിക്ഷാ വണ്ടികൾ കൊണ്ട് നിറഞ്ഞിരുന്നു. പിന്നീടത് സൈക്കിൾ റിക്ഷക്കും , തുടർന്ന് ഓട്ടോ റിക്ഷക്കും വഴി മാറി .
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പഴയ റെയിൽവേ സ്റ്റേഷൻ ഇപ്പോഴത്തെ ഹൈക്കോടതിക്ക് പിന്നിലായിരുന്നു. ഇപ്പോൾ Goods station .
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ഇപ്പോഴത്തെ Law College കൊച്ചി രാജ്യത്തിന്റെ നിയമസഭയായിരുന്നു.
മഹാരാജാസ് കോളേജിനു സമീപത്തെ കണയന്നൂർ താലൂക്കാഫീസായിരുന്നു , ആദ്യകാല എറണാകുളം ജില്ല കലകട്രേറ്റ്.
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AD ഒന്നാം ശതകത്തിൽ തൃപ്പൂണിത്തുറക്ക് പടിഞ്ഞാറ് യിരുന്നു. ( ടോളമിയുടെ ഭൂപടം) .
കൊച്ചി രാജ്യത്തെ തൃപ്പൂണിത്തുറ, ചന്ദ്ര ഗുപ്തന്റെ കാലത്തെ ഗ്രീക്ക് സ്ഥാനപതിയായിരുന്ന മെഗസ്തിനീസ് എഴുതിയ ഇൻഡിക് എന്ന ഗ്രന്ഥത്തിൽ പരാമർശിക്കപ്പെടുന്നുണ്ട്
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ക്രിസ്തുവിന് മുൻപ് കൊച്ചി തുറമുഖം ഇല്ലായിരുന്നു എന്നും അത് പിന്നീട് കടലിൽ നിന്ന് ഉയർന്നു വന്നതാണ് എന്നതിനു തെളിവുകൾ ഉണ്ട്
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1341-ലെ പ്രളയത്തെ കുറിച്ചും വൈപ്പിൻ കര പൊങ്ങി വന്നതിനെ കുറിച്ചും വിവരിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നു.
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ബ്രിട്ടീഷ് ഭരണാധികാരി സർ റോബർട്ട് ബ്രിസ്റ്റോയുടെ കാലത്താണ് വെല്ലിംഗ്ടൺ ഐലൻഡ് നിർമ്മിക്കപ്പെടുന്നത്.
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ഇന്ത്യയിലെ ഏറ്റവും നീളം കൂടിയ റെയിൽ പാലമാണ് കൊച്ചിയിൽ വേമ്പനാട്ട് കായലിനു കുറുകേയുള്ള വേമ്പനാട് പാലം.
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1840-1856 കാലം ഭരിച്ച ദിവാനായിരുന്ന ശങ്കരവാര്യര് എലിമെന്ററി ഇംഗ്ഗീഷ് സ്കൂള് സ്ഥാപിച്ചു (ഇപ്പോഴത്തെ മഹാരാജാസ് കോളേജ്)
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ബ്രിട്ടീഷുകാർ ‘മിനി ഇംഗ്ലണ്ട്‘ എന്നും ഡച്ചുകാർ ‘ഹോംലി ഹോളണ്ട്’ എന്നും പോർത്തുഗീസുകാർ ‘ലിറ്റിൽ ലിസ്ബൺ‘ എന്നും കൊച്ചിയെ വിളിച്ചിരുന്നു'

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A wonderful video from Kerala Tourism on cultural aspects of Kochi - Mattancherry!



It talks about two happy families, hailing from Gujarat and Goa (Konkanis) and get to know how they came to call the wonderful city of Cochin, their home.
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