Author Archives: Manu

Hallowed isle

At Ponnumthuruthu island you can commune with nature and god IT IS a lush island of peace for those who looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. An uninhabited island that is just 35 km from Thiruvananthapuram. Ponnumthuruthu island seems to be too serene to hold any surprises for occasional visitors. But deep within it, there is a temple. One has to wait patiently for the arrival of a country boat that takes visitors across … Continue reading

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