Nov 1, 2008
Sep 15, 2007
Karthikappally used to be a great marked place due to its proximity to the water way. It gradually evolved into a big town. But as in its modern path , it lost all those glorious ages.
These are some market areas now;
The Karthikappally Post Office was one of the main centers of communicaton earlier. But by the advent of the e-communication systems and services, Post offices in and around this place, rather the whole world is declining importance literally.
Mannarasala Temple is devoted to serpent worship. It is located near Harippad, 32 km south of Alappuzha, Kerala. In this temple, the rites are presided over by a priestess. The temple covers an area of 16 acres of dense green forest grove. The two main idols are Nagaraja or the serpent king and his consort, Sarpayakshini. The most popular offering of this temple is 'Uruli Kamazhthal', the placing of a bell metal vessel upside down in front of the deity, which is believed to restore fertility to childless couples.
The temple is reputed for having 30,000 images of snake-gods. On the day of Ayilyam, in the months of September and October, all the serpent idols in the grove and the temple are taken in procession to the illam (the house of the priestess connected with the temple) where Noorum Palum, and 'Kuruthi', a red liquid made of turmeric and lime, offerings are made.
This temple was originally constructed by one of the oldest families belonging to the
Sree Subrahmaniya Swami
This palace is situated in the heart of Karthigappally. The palace is estimated to be more than a thousand years old. This was the former residence of the ‘Natturajakanmar’ who ruled Karthigappally. The palace is occupied and maintained by the current successors.
This church is situated at the Karthigappally junction on the way to Thrikunappuzha. It is estimated that the church is more than 1200 years old. The exact year of construction is unknown. There are above 600 hundred families in the parish.
Jul 30, 2007
Fishing, as any other coastal town is available in plenty in Karthikappally. Many took fishing as their profession even. But as the town evolved, the markets faded and still we find fish markets in Karthikappally. A site from the fish market.
Jun 5, 2007
Unlike the barren highways and freeways with no trees or vegetation for miles like any other village in Kerala, Karthiakappally too has roads with trees over shading them from the scorching heat!
Jun 4, 2007
As all the places in the Gods own county... Karthikappally is best adorned by the natures fullest decors. Like may places in the state, wherever you look its green and green, Karthikappally embellished by the coconut,green grasses, mango grooves, and whatnot..!
farmlands, now are not that occupied as old times...but still remains..adding a place for the children to enjoy their afternoon...
This is one of the oldest and most accessed inland water ways in the Kuttanad region. This was once the major lifeline for trade and export both with the foreigners and the local tradesmen. Presently due to construction of roads in every nook and corner, the ‘Thodu’ lost its privilege and is misused and polluted heavily.
A small town, a market, a palace, Karthikappally had seen it all... Karthikappally was once a Buddhist center. About in the year 904-933 the Great ruler of Travancore, King Marthanda Varma, added Karthikappally to Travancore. In 1742 and 1753 the nearby places namely, Kayamkulam and Ambalapuzha was added to the Karthikappally Natturajyam, making it a prominent region since then. The area between the now existing Purakkad and Kayamkulam was the once Karthikappally.
What made Karthikappally the most unique and important was the proximity of an inland waterway or a Thodu which enabled free flow of traffic and evolved Karthikappally into a Trading center. The market was huge and crowded, still remains of the old market stays..!
Many years after its glorious past, the Karthikappally Panchayat was formed. Shri. K Damodaran was its first man in place. In 1912, the Govt. School in Mahadevikadu was constructed followed by The Govt. L P School in memory of Divan Krishnan Nair. Many great Leaders had their footprints on the sands of time of Karthikappally.
This included the only Minister from Karthikappally and MLA Shri. A Achutan, Achutan Vakeel, A V Anandarajan, Kanikara Madhava Kurup, Krishnankutty Sir, Putathu Narayan were all the lost heroes who fought for the Nation.
May 29, 2007
Karthikappally, a growing 'Semi-Urban Village' had its histories dating back centuries and centuries. This Foreign nurtured land, due to its geography and proximity of a waterway, made it an instant town of interest in traders and travelers from in and around.
Now, generations after all these, Karthikappally was divided in many provinces and Panchayats. Now here we try to bring up the lost world of heritage. All your comments, suggestions and information are always welcome. So once again, welcome to Karthikappally...!!