Author Archives: Manu

In the land of Othenan

Travel back in time to get a feel of the place that is considered to be the home of Kalaripayattu, says Manu Remakant This is the home of Kalaripayattu, one of the most exciting martial arts in the world. The name Lokanarkavu evokes images of a distant past shrouded in mystery. The heroic exploits of warriors like Thacholi Othenan and Unniyarcha are legendary and one can almost hear the clash of swords and metal in this now sleepy place that … Continue reading

Walk in the rain clouds

Reconnect with the elements at this hill station, writes MANU REMAKANT AT Kanjar Junction, a big jeep waits in front of `Tasty Bakers,’ a local confectionary. Soon, crammed with people, it begins an uphill journey to one of the most fabulous hill stations in Kerala – Ilaveezhapoonchira. The jeep hugs the curving rugged road that is too narrow to permit overtaking or speeding. One side of the road gives way to a steep fall that reveals glimpses of Idukki shimmering … Continue reading

Yentha Travel: One Hundred Hours Of Solitude – Part III

Manu Remakant takes us to the solitude of Pattiyar Bungalow and the intoxicating beauty of the Palakkadan wild. Keralamedu is the best neighbourhood around. We sit on the concrete slab, which announces, ‘State border’. And gambol up the rolling hills like children screaming, at times to beat the noisy wind. Behind us, a vast forest is emerging peppered with wafer-thin black roads shining in rain. At this height, we are almost eye-to-eye with the waterfalls, we saw at the Pattiyar … Continue reading

Yentha Travel: One Hundred Hours Of Solitude – Part II

Manu Remakant takes us to the solitude of Pattiyar Bungalow and the intoxicating beauty of the Palakkadan wild. Early morning. Sitting on bamboo chairs lining the long verandah, we sip the hot black coffee, blowing smoke against the misty mountains, the waterfall and the blue water. See. The bright mornings of Pattiyar do not hold a trace of the terror its night could unleash. Its night, I saw yesterday, is another planet. A cold shudder bolts through my body, when … Continue reading