Issue 46 | August 2014
Dear Partner,

Namaskaram !!!

The festive season in Kerala is just a call away, and we are getting ready for the loud chants of the boat races and Onam festival. What better occasion time to visit the God’s Own Country !!!

This edition, we throw some light on the status of 02 landmark attractions of Kochi, the Kavumbhagam Synagogue which will be protected by the state and the Chinese fishing nets which are staring at extinction. It’s celebration time yet again, though international awards have become a routine affair for the Kerala Tourism, PATA golden awards being the latest of additions.

Explore with us the pristine clean upcoming beach near Kollam which could be a future SCUBA diving destination in Kerala, from where we take you to a majestic 8 days long festival at the Mannarcad Church in central kerala. Later we introduce to you, Kanniyarkali an art form meant to add vigour and colour to the martial arts training sessions.

Too much exploring and Feeling hungry??? Well then, the exotic Malabar Mutton Biriyani is waiting to be served hot for you with it’s traditional accompaniments. Cool of yourself after the heavy meal with Ramacha Visari, the local medicinal fan, and together we go exploring the history of the Onam festival. Before winding up this month’s edition, we take you to doorsteps of a maestro, with his name featured in the Guinness book of world records, who is not just a musician but very much socially committed too.

All this and much more…. Enjoy the read ahead !!!


Team Dakshin Routes
Protection for the Kavumbhagam synagogue
The Kerala State Department of Archaeology has now started procedures to declare the Kadavumbhagom synagogue at Ernakulam >> MORE
Chinese Fishing nets at Cochin faces extinction
There were at least 30 Chinese nets on the Fort Kochi and Vypeen shorelines about 10 years ago which have now been reduced to 20 >> MORE
Kerala Tourism Shines at PATA Gold Awards
Kerala Tourism bagged 02 top honours this year at the prestigious Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Awards for Kumarakom.. >> MORE
Thirumullavaram Beach
  Located 6 km north of Kollam Town in Kerala Thirumullavaram is a secluded beach and an ideal picnic centre. Already a popular domestic tourist spot the beach is slowly getting international recognition with some major hotel projects in the pipeline. About one and a half kilometre into the sea one can find the Nyarazhcha Para, literally Sunday Rock, that can be seen from the shore at low tide. >> MORE
Manarcad Perunnal
  From 01 till 09th Sep’14, St Mary’s Chirch at Mannarcad near Kottayam turns venue for an 8 day long majestic festival ( Perunnal). Established more than 1000 years ago, the St. Mary's Church at Mannarcad is one of the most important churches of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Christians. >> MORE
Kannyarkali, also known as Malamakkali or Desathukali is a folk art mostly practised by the Nair community of the Palakkad area. It owes its origin to the pursuit of martial arts in this region which was under constant threat of attack from neighbouring Konganadu. >> MORE
Malabar Mutton Biriyani
Marinate the mutton pieces . Place mutton pieces in a bowl and add garlic, cloves, cinnamon, aniseeds, green chillies, turmeric powder, poppy-seed paste, chopped ginger, nutmeg, bay leaf, mint leaves, cumin seeds, cardamom, coriander powder... >> MORE
Ramacha Vishari
Ramacha vishari (fan made of Vettiver) is used in Kerala since ancient times during the hot summer. Even though their role has been replaced with electrical devices, they still are luxurious ethnic items found in Kerala homes. >> MORE
In spite of centuries that passed by, various rulers having ruled the land, the mythical King Mahabali enjoys a popularity in Kerala that no other ruler can boast of! Yes, we are talking about nothing else but Kerala’s very own festival of prosperity and joy – Onam... >> MORE
Kuzhalmannam Ramakrishnan
  Kuzhalmannam Ramakrishnan’s name is synonymous with Mridangam ,a South Indian Percussion Instrument). Apart from being a world renowned Mridangam artist, he is also a painter, social activist, teacher and a lyricist. His marathon experiments in Mridangam meant to sooth hundreds of patients is introduced by many hospitals in Kerala. >> MORE
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