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Old 9th December 2012, 17:04   #136
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Day 04
31st October 2012

I took them to DB College, Sasthamkottah
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They were amazed at a notice board
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The college do produce some bright candidates as usual
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PPGs were inspired. They say one day they will make their school/college proud


I learnt cycling in this college grounds. I have been around almost all beautiful spots near the lake here. It was a nostalgic moment for me


From here you could enter the lake side

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Civvy waited for us
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Old 9th December 2012, 17:31   #137
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Day 04
31st October 2012

Sasthamkottah Lake
- It is often called the queen of lakes. The entire Kollam district gets it water supply from here. I used to grow up listening that this lake is the largest fresh water lake in Kerala.

Nostalgic on the banks of Sasthamkottah Lake
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The lake has dried down drastically. I was told that this is due to the rampant sand mining which happens here unchecked.

There used to be steps earlier and I was very particular that I enter the waters near those steps. The banks are very dangerous with mud that sink on your weight. I once sank half way on the banks in the mud, and from that day I really had that fear of water. That was one reason I have not learnt swimming all these years.

My PPGs have forced me into the swimming pool at our layout, since I could not let them use the pool unattended. That was how my fears have slowly subsided and me learned something about swimming.

PPGs saw for themselves the vastness of the lake and the danger lurking at its banks. Hopefully I will not be teased anymore about my inability to swim since they have seen and felt my problems.

PPGs near the lake

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My cousins and some of their friends used to swim across the lake to the other bank and come back via boats. They used to do some swimming contests too
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It was time to say bye to Sasthamkottah for now
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By 15:00 hours we started from Sasthamkottah to Thekkumbhagom where were booked on to a resort for the night. The resort was Back Water Retreat, a property of Club Mahindra, and me being a member it was quite easy to get the required dates. We were booked on to a floating cottage for the next 4 days.



Our plan was to explore our grand parents place where we used to visit in our childhood. Since Kottarakkara and Sasthamkottah is already shown to PPGs, in the next days we will be looking around Thevalakkara and Mynagapalli where our other grand parents lived. Unfortunately no body lives in these places after our grand parents expired.


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Old 9th December 2012, 17:46   #138
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Day 04
31st October 2012

We reached the resort by 16:30 hours and was quickly allotted our cottage.

The cottage was good
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The corridor
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PPGs were already watching some TV.
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Had a very refreshing shower and I was quite energetic again


I too settled with a book for a while
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By 21:00 hours we went to the restaurant for dinner.

Checking out the options

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Food was not that great, and that was expected since they had to cater to a wider net of people and real mallu choices were minimum. They were also keen on promoting their buffet spread than taking our ala carte order. Me and wifey were unhappy about this scenario. Anyways we are localites and we will figure out a way on this, more over all the places that we used to pester our parents to take us for food was a stones throw away from the place

By 22:30 hours we came back to the cottage and called it a day. Called our parents in Trivandrum and updated about our drive and they too felt quite happy, that we are on this drive showing PPGs our roots.
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Day 04
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A video of Jatayu Para Trek

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Day 05
01st November 2012


It is a lazy day, its raining outside. It's nice in the cottage. I did not want to get up. It's just so cozy.

The fisherman passing by the cottage were talking to themselves loud. For a moment I forgot we are on the lake

I went to the sit out and gazed at the lake.

It was drizzling.
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Checked my watch, its around 09:00AM. PPGs are still sleeping comfortably, I let them be. Took my book and camera and sat in the sit out.


The lake looked very calm
. It evoked in me a feeling of peace
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Quite a few fishermen went by
. I waved at them and spoke to them. It seems to be a bad day for them
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These guys got a boat full of mussels

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That's a regular boat service between the two banks

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I settled down with a hot tea, and looked back into my book. The rain came and went, the hide and seek continued on for a while.

The rains in Kerala have to been seen to be believed. It just pours and pours - "thullikku oru kudam" [one drop can fill a pot] goes a saying in mallu. And then the heavens decided to give us a sample

It was just pouring and pouring
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A video for the memories


I stood there watching the rains

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Day 05
01st November 2012

Far away I see a crane perched on the pole
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I was too lazy to take out my 500mm
, this is at far end of 105mm
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Chinese fishing nets at a distance

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Another boatman
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Wifey joins in with a cake in her hand
, reminding me that we are late for breakfast
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Well it was indeed late. We decided to get out in search of some local shop for a chai, payampori breakfast and drive to Kollam beach if it is not raining, else back to the resort and relax, read and sleep again

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Superb Laluks. Great reading and viewing. Cheers.
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Laluks

Super Super write and pics. I must appreciate the time and effort you have taken in preparing this travelogue, easily one of the most descriptive and detailed ones on BHP.

While on my favorite topic food, there is aplace in TVM near the fort, a small joint with seating being just benches that I visited some years back. Just basic meals but the meen porichadhu and chemmeen was mind blowing. Cant remember the name right now, but it was awesome. The chena and kaachil with the onion chutney got me hungry again.

All in all, very nice write up and very informative.

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On the matter of food, I remember the mouth watering chicken fry with chapatti of Hotel Rehmania, run by a man named Kathel at Chalai where fresh lime juice was the only beverage available, no tea or coffee. The owner cherishes the customer who eats without wasting and those would be rewarded with good discounts. Likewise, there was another hotel run by a man fondly called "Meen Ikka" on a side road off the main Chalai bazaar road which specializes in fish delicacies where except pickles and pappad everything else is made of fish.
Great joints to lure the taste buds of Trivandrumites then.
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On the matter of food, I remember the mouth watering chicken fry with chapatti of Hotel Rehmania, run by a man named Kathel at Chalai where fresh lime juice was the only beverage available, no tea or coffee. The owner cherishes the customer who eats without wasting and those would be rewarded with good discounts.
+1 for Rehmania. I make it a point to visit there when I get an opportunity to be around. They have now expanded to other cities in Kerala, but the original shop still stays in that small lane in Chalai.

Many Tvm-ites would also know about Balan's Shop near Uppidamudu Bridge in Kaithamukku. It was a favorite fast food center during my high school/college days.
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Laluks

Super Super write and pics. I must appreciate the time and effort you have taken in preparing this travelogue, easily one of the most descriptive and detailed ones on BHP.

While on my favorite topic food, there is aplace in TVM near the fort, a small joint with seating being just benches that I visited some years back. Just basic meals but the meen porichadhu and chemmeen was mind blowing. Cant remember the name right now, but it was awesome. The chena and kaachil with the onion chutney got me hungry again.

All in all, very nice write up and very informative.

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Thank you subs for the kind words. I too miss the chena and kachil now

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On the matter of food, I remember the mouth watering chicken fry with chapatti of Hotel Rehmania, run by a man named Kathel at Chalai where fresh lime juice was the only beverage available, no tea or coffee. The owner cherishes the customer who eats without wasting and those would be rewarded with good discounts. Likewise, there was another hotel run by a man fondly called "Meen Ikka" on a side road off the main Chalai bazaar road which specializes in fish delicacies where except pickles and pappad everything else is made of fish.
Great joints to lure the taste buds of Trivandrumites then.
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+1 for Rehmania. I make it a point to visit there when I get an opportunity to be around. They have now expanded to other cities in Kerala, but the original shop still stays in that small lane in Chalai.

Many Tvm-ites would also know about Balan's Shop near Uppidamudu Bridge in Kaithamukku. It was a favorite fast food center during my high school/college days.
Very interesting discussions.

Gives me more places to explore on our next visit to Trivandrum. Hotel Taj was also like Rehmania with Chicken Fry, Chapathi and fresh lime juice. But now all that as I found out is history. Should make it a point to visit all these places. You guys just have tickled the taste buds now
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Day 05
01st November 2012

By 11:00AM we got out, it was still drizzling
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Jr. PPG showing banana's on the plantain tree.

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We are ready to explore

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We strolled past the pool
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Some interesting sculptures

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Jr. PPG with her umbrella under the Rain Tree
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The rain drenched floating cottages
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A house boat of the resort

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We went to the activity center to check out if there are any interesting activities to get us occupied if it continued raining.

We found some pencil sketches
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This is the map of Kollam

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And we were in this part, look at the expanse of the lake

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We picked up some books for the rainy day
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Civvy bathed in the down pour
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Very interesting discussions.You guys just have tickled the taste buds now
Yes and quite true.
Brings in more memories of Trivandrum of yore.
There were other eateries too. I remember couple of places more. There was Hotel Sea Gull on SS Koil Street, Thampanoor, which was a bid to that day standards and opposite to that there was a small hote which was fondly known as Little Sea Gull famous for dosas of the "thattu kada" kind (I n Malayalam meaning the way side sort of fast food joints).
Then, at Pazhavangadi near the Ganapathy Temple there was a hotel with a coconut tree growing right in the middle and the place was known as "Thengu vachha kada" (Shop with a coconut tree)which was open well past midnight even in those days.
At Pulimoodu, there was a hotel in a narrow ally between two buildings opening only at night selling dosas, omlettes and pappads. This was run by two shorter aged twins each called as "ara mundan" (meaning half dwarf)- (No disrespect meant and is used with respect for the best food served with smile)
Those joints are now only part of Trivandrum folklore only. The greatness of Trivandrum of those days was that every one used to know everybody else of this sleepy capital city.

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