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Old 13th December 2012, 18:21   #166
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Day 05
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We stopped by to see the remains of the Fort at Thankassery

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It is a protected monument

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The ground in front of the fort at Thankassery is very beautiful
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PPGs on a friendly fight
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Colourful boats

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I forgot the last time I saw one of these flowers, they were so common in my childhood
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We went back to the Light House - the board says its over 100 years old
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We waited for it to be 15:00 hours
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Lots of information
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The light house was commissioned in 1902. Did you know September 21st is celebrated as Indian Light house day every year? I did not. This trip seems to be very informative to us.

Some artifacts kept at the Light House
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We started the climb - It looked beautiful

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Old windows and latch
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We have climbed a lot

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View from the Light House
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Jr. PPG likes the views
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Civvy - so tiny form the top

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It was time for us to leave.

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Just about when we were leaving a bunch of girls invaded the light house. They sounded very excited about climbing the stairs
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Thank Goodness it was not raining this time like in the morning. I cannot imagine rains, winds, lightning and thunder at that height on the Light House



More information on Thankasseri Light House here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tangasseri

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History

The Portuguese were the first Europeans to establish a trading center in Tangasseri, Kollam in 1502, which became the centre of trade in pepper. In the wars with the Moors/Arabs that followed, the ancient church of St Thomas was destroyed. In 1517, the Portuguese built the St Thomas fort Tangasseri Quilon, which was destroyed in the subsequent wars with the Dutch. The ruins of the Fort can still be seen in Tangasseri. In 1661, the Dutch took possession of the city. The remnants of the Dutch forts can be found at Tangasseri. In the 18th century, Travancore conquered Kollam, followed by the British in 1795. Tangasseri remains today as an Anglo-Indian settlement, though few Anglo-Indians remain. The Infant Jesus Church in Tangasseri, an old Portuguese-built church, remains as a memento of the Portuguese rule of the area. But now the Old Cathedral is Demolished and in its place a new Cathedral was built and it was concencrated and blessed on December 3rd, 2005. The new cathedral was built avout a cost of around 4.5 crores of Indian rupees ( around 1.2 million U.S dollors). The church is also a tourist attraction nowadays. The metallic cross on the top is ine of the largest cross in India.


Tourist attractions


Tangasseri, the picturesque seaside village has a three kilometre long beach on which stands a 144 feet tall lighthouse - a silent sentinal warning seamen of the treacherous reefs of the Tangasseri, since 1902. Ruins of Portuguese / Dutch forts and 18 century churches, a three km long beach, 2.5 km break water and a century old lighthouse.


Tangasseri Fishery harbour


Fishery harbour at Tangasseri is proposed as a basin for traditional fishermen.This has been achieved by the construction of two breakwaters. The length of main breakwater is 2100m and that of leeward breakwater is 550 m. Sufficient beach length for providing beach landing facilities for all operational crafts is provided in the harbour.
By 16:00 hours we staarted our drive long the coast, our main idea was to reach Varkala through the coastal route. But then on reaching Eravipuram, the road ahead near the coast was too narrow and was not inspiring. Checked with the localites and came to know that there is no bridge in this route to connect, and I am better off taking the NH. So we continued on from there to Pallimukku to catch the NH and went ahead.

The route taken
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You can click on the map to expand it. The route was coastal road from Thankasseri, Kollam all the way to Eravipuram. Then joined the NH at Pallimukku, and then on the NH via Kottiyam, Paripally to Varkala. On return we took inner roads via Paravur, but it was dark and raining and we planned another come back here later.

We reached Papanasam Beach at Varkala by 17:45 hours
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It started to rain heavily

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You can read more about Varkala Beach here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varkala_Beach
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Varkala Beach, also known as Papanasam beach is a beach in Varkala, Kerala, India, along the Arabian Sea, part of the Indian Ocean. The word Papanasam means wash away sins. It is believed that a dip in the waters of Papanasam Beach washes away all the sins in ones life.

Varkala beach is the only place in southern Kerala where cliffs are found adjacent to the Arabian Sea.[1] These tertiary sedimentary formation cliffs are a unique geological feature on the otherwise flat Kerala coast, and is known among geologists as Varkala Formation and a geological monument as declared by the Geological Survey of India. There are numerous water spouts and spas on the sides of these cliffs.The beach is a haven for sun-bathing and swimming. The evening views of the sunset are worth lingering over. There are several small restaurants and snack shops near and around Papasnanam beach, which attracts the maximum visitors both for leisure as well as for religious reasons.

The famous Sree Janardhana Swami Temple is situated near the Beach.

We saw a few performing a ritual

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PPGs at Varkala Papanasam Beach
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There is an interesting and informative article on what you should know about Varkala by Sharell Cook - http://goindia.about.com/od/beachesb.../p/varkala.htm.


Strong Waves
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The beach for the tourists is further north from here

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You can see the southern side cliff
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We climbed up the Southern Cliff, Some views from there.
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It began to rain heavily

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We got back to the Civvy and we went to the Northern Cliff, the touristy place

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We reached the Northern Cliff
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The shacks looked inviting
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But the rains dulled our spirits, more over our resort was atleast 50Kms away!
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With a pledge that we will spend a few days at Varkala, we moved on.

I drove through the inner roads via Paravur and Joined the NH north of Chathannur.

We decided to have our dinner from Hotel Bright, Kottiyam - one of our childhood favourite hotels

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We stopped at Hotel Bright, Kottiyam by 19:15 hours. It was still raining cats and dogs.

Menu looked very inviting (Unfortunately the board is in mallu..it is too much to translate )
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Mutton chaps

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Ari Pathiri (Rice Chapathi)
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Idiyappam - Gone are the days when we got ones with grated coconut and sugar in the middle
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Fried Rice
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Mutton Brain
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The guys at Bright would have gone nuts seeing us gobble it all up. Alas, they don't know we've been starving for all these for two decade .....



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After a heavy dinner we reached back our resort by 20:30 hours.

Jr. PPG and Wifey engrossed in some discussions
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I took to reading in my cozy bed
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Around 22:00 hours I tried some stunt with the camera

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The night was slowly fading away
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I crashed onto bed with a very nice feeling about the entire trip. Its been too much in the itinerary, but this is what we wanted to do, and we do not have the luxury of coming back again so soon to our roots, probably if we don't do it now....it'll be another two decades away - who knows!!


Tomorrow is going to be a spiritual day - a day visiting Churches and Temples
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I woke up early and went to the sit out and enjoyed the cool breeze from the lake.

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The Sun's rays slowly lit up the lake
as it rose, I sat there enjoying it for a while.
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Slowly the lake began to take a bluish tint and I was quite amazed. Took out my Camera and tried more stunts

Peaceful!
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Wifey decided to take my picture - Look at my glee
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By 07:00 AM we were all ready to start our drive, today we will go in search of our ancestral places and will visit a lot of temples and churches.

Wifey in deep thoughts
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Will the clouds have a different idea today?

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We drove towards Thevalakkara in search of our place.

We reached my wifey's family church by 07:45 AM.
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The history of this church dates back to 4th century

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A lot have changed
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PPGs checking out the new entrance
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At Martha Mariam Orthodox Church, Thevalakkara
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Inside Martha Mariam Orthodox Church, Thevalakkara

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We went in search of our ancestors

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We offered our prayers for them
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We then went in search of our ancestral home
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Paddy fields
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We have to go this way
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We found it
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Nobody lives there now

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PPGs were seeing an open well for the first time
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They checked it out

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Me too joined the fun, water was so tasty
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