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Monday, November 7, 2011

A Kerala Village

Kalpathi is a small village located in Palakkad District of Kerala. It is around 50 Kms drive from Coimbatore.We visited this village on Sunday 6th November'11. The village was getting readied for the annual chariot festival to be held later this month. I reproduce below some photographs taken during the visit:
1.The small chariot above will be used for transportation Lord Muruga
2 & 3: This chariot being readied is for Lord Ganesha
4 & 5: The biggest chariot is reserved always for Lord Siva & his consort Goddess Parvathi
Generally during the Chariot Festival big crowds gather in Kalpathy for the festivities which last for around one week. It has become so famous now that that large groups of tourists from India and abroad also visit during this time.
Pictures below are of the Kalpathy River which is in spate after the heavy rains in recent weeks. Rain in the month of Aipasi (in Tamil) or Thulam (in Malayalam) is known as "Thula Varsham"
I already have an earlier post on Kalpathy Heritage Village. Please log onto: http://sankriti.blogspot.com/2009/07/kalpathy-heritage-village.html

37 comments:

  1. Though I saw the swollen Kalpathy river recently, couldn't visit the temple. Missed the preparations for the chariot festival. Thanks for sharing it here. :)

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  2. Village looks so pictursque...kerala is really so beautiful with its lush greenery.

    In chennai also I find huge chariots lying in almost all big temples.

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  3. Such a small and beautiful village. The chariot looks nicely decorated and especially the big wheels look amazing. It looks similar to the Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra of Puri.
    Have a nice week ahead:)

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  4. Very artistic chariots! The greenery and the river are typical identification for Kerala.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Nice photo of the chariots!
    It is nice celebration!
    Unpleasant as the river flooded ...
    I wish everything goes well!
    many greetings

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  6. Kerala villages are always beautiful. Thanks for these glimpses.

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  7. The charriots are absolutely beautiful!

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  8. Nice articles. I'm just blogwalking and very happy to stop here. And also give you some comment here.

    Dont forget to give us some your comment into my blog too.

    Thanks for share,
    * Rio Prasetyo *

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  9. kalpathy is famous for rathotsav and enriched with agraharams...

    thanks for visiting kerala...

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  10. A very beautiful place and some beautiful pictures. A great post.

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  11. Lovely pictures of a small but beautiful village. Landscape looks gorgeous and the chariots are majestic. :)

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  12. Awesome place. Been wanting to visit this place for long. Any idea what the festival dates are?

    www.rajniranjandas.blogspot.com

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  13. I visited this last year but after the festival was over. Made a special trip to see the exquisite chariots.I have posted on the same. your post brought back good memories.

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  14. I have been to kerala and love it!!....
    nice post and nice to be here!!

    http://sushmita-smile.blogspot.com/

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  15. That's a beautiful, if odd-looking chariot. I like Kerala, especially the islands and backwaters.

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  16. Wooden wheels. It's fascinating to think of how durable it is to carry another wooden carriage with highly creative carvings. Beautiful and very interesting post.

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  17. Hi,

    Thanks for stopping by.. nice blog.. and read your about me section.. beautifully written with all your details... especially your col time... :)

    will go through all the pics in free time !

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  18. I have read your earlier post about Kalpathi being a heritage village.A cute place with its temples,river and festivals.Thanks for sharing the details

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  19. Dear Ramakrishnan,
    A Pleasant and Lovely Morning!
    Avery informative and beautiful post!
    Amazing photos!Thanks a lot.
    Sasneham,
    Anu

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  20. that river is so beautiful and humble :)) i have Kerala dreams...

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  21. Very beautiful pictures of the chariot and the village. I was not aware of this place thugh I have been to almost all places in Kerala as I have done my Masters from Cochin.

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  22. I have never been to Kerela till date! At least I saw a bit through your pictures.

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  23. Chariot is just awesome , River looks ferocious .

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  24. Namaste....
    What beautiful craftmanship those chariots. Thank you for sharing.

    I trust you and your family are all well.

    Take care and stay blessed.
    Rhapsody
    http://twitter.com/rhapsodyphoenix

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  25. I read the earlier post on Kalpathy and this one two. At the outset, I must congratulate you on the beautiful pictures. I was struck by the cleanliness of the village in the other blog. I wonder how Kerala manages to keep herself clean? The rest of India could learn a lot from this state.

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  26. I have been scrolling through your beautiful blog and have added it to my Blogroll. My husband and I have signed up for a group tour of India, which is scheduled for November 2012. However, if there is insufficient interest, the tour will be canceled. Hoping for the best! Aloha!

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  27. Thank you for sharing this interesting post with us. These chariots look very impressive!
    Please excuse my late visit (I had to work too much....)

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  28. How wonderful to come visit your world.
    The chariot is a work of art, I expect the chariot festival is certainly an experience to witness.

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  29. Thank you for visiting my Blog Green Tomato. I have never been to your country, but my brother often used to visit India for his business. I heard from him how beautiful and historical your country is! As he told me I see the histories from your posts, that are all unfamiliar to my world!
    Red Rose.

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  30. Pretty village - sooooo different from he ones here. Would love to visit India one day!

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  31. wow, those chariots look heavy and huge! :)

    thanks for stopping by my blog this week and leaving a comment!

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  32. Thanks R. Ramakrishnana. Please visit our page:

    www.facebook.com/kalpathy.palakkad

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