If these shoes could talk…..

… they would talk of the marathons they have run, the hills they have climbed, the cars they have driven… …the places they have gone (all over Bangalore, all around Mothakkara, Sanjay Gandhi National Park and pockets in Mumbai, Srirangapatna, Mysore and many many more!)… …the terrains that they have walked upon (the harsh tarred…

Reliving school days at GLPS – Mothakkara

As I continued to walk up the road on Kallerikunnu, one of the hills that make up the village of Mothakkara, on a cloudy afternoon, I could hear the voices of the children playing. I approached the Government Lower Primary School campus composed of two pink buildings and a playground as soon as you enter the gates….

The Library – A Silent Movement to Progress

As one walks on the side of Kallerikunnu hill in Mothakkara village in Kerala, where the road leads towards Pulinjal village, there is a humble two storied green coloured building. Written proudly in black on a yellow painted beam is “Pratibha Granthalayam”. The ground floor of the building houses the library and the first floor a hall which…

An Interview Appu Kuttan – the Potter

After meeting Radhamani chechi, the guide for Mothakkara, at her home, we walked down to the home of Appu Kuttan, a potter who specialises using black clay. She took me on the shorter route which goes through paddy fields and on a small hill till it reached the tarred road to his home. She kept…

Origins : Banasura Hill

Each story which makes up Indian mythology has a version local to its region. Some have facts to prove it, whereas some remain as legends. The story of the mighty and mysterious Banasura Hill, that overlooks the humble village of Mothakkara, is one such story that if it is a legend or a fact is…

Origins : Kottarakunnu (Mothakkara)

As with the arrival of monsoons, the strong winds began to blow. The wind that blows through the trees in the plantations, past the homes in the village and over the streams and paddy fields have stories to tell; stories about the land and their rulers. Kottarakunnu, or Mothakkara as is sometimes called so, and…

A Night at a Tea Estate

Among the various plantations that I had seen in my travels in Kerala, the sight of seeing a tea estate is just as refreshing as a cup of tea itself. My colleagues from Kabani Community Tourism and Services and me, arrived at Priyadarshini Tea Estate one morning with the rains. As I opened the door…

Sunday Morning Temple Drive

Tholpatty Wildlife Sanctuary, Thirunelly Temple and Kaleeshwara Temple On a cold Sunday morning, a few of my colleagues from Kabani Community Tourism and me decided to go on a drive to Tholpatty Wildlife Sanctuary. As we left behind the town of Mananthavady, the well maintained green foliage of the coffee plantations gradually changed to untamed…

Sree Malakkari Shiva Temple – Mothakkara

  On the way to one of my treks at an earlier time during my stay in Mothakkara, I had passed by a temple. Not having had the time to visit it then, I had made it a point to visit the place later, which I finally did. One morning, as the clear skies turned…

An Interview With Radhamani Chechi

To co-ordinate the activities of a homestay network and to guide tourists who come visiting to the quaint agricultural village of Mothakkara, you need someone who is well known and respectablewith everyone. I met Radhamani chechi the first time at my guest house, the day I arrived atMothakkara. I had only heard about her till then, and…

Little Adventures at a Meenmuttty

Their spirits not to be dampened by the rains that had begun, seven women of a mixed age group and one little boy were driving to see a ‘meenmutty’ or a waterfall. (Meen= fish, Mutty=a blockage). Leaving the village of Mothakkara, we took a turn at Pulinjal, the next village, and had a steady upward…