Showing posts with label Kerala. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kerala. Show all posts

Friday, 30 December 2011

beauty of west coast mangalore & kasargod

Kasargod is the northernmost district of kerala.Kasargod is known as the land Yekshgana and Theyyams
There are different views on the derivation of the name "Kasargod".One view is that it is the combination of two Sanskrit words "kaasaara"(which means lake or pond) and “ kroda “(which means a place where treasure is kept). Another view is that it is the place where Kaasaraka trees (Strychnos nux vomica or Kaanjiram or Kaaraskara) are in abundance. Bothe views are relevant as there are large number of rivers, lakes and ponds in the coastal belt of the district besides thick flora consisting of innumerable varieties of trees, shribs etc. particularly plentitude of Kaasaraka trees.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Bekal Fort - Bombay Tu hi re was shot here

 According to Bekal Rama Nayak, a local Kannada writer, the word, Bekal is derived from the word Baliakulam, meaning Big Palace.  The place is said to have been the seat of a big palace in the past.  The term Baliakulam got corrupted as Bekulam and later as Bekal.
 It was usual in older days for every royal palace to be protected by a fort.  The Bekal for might have, therefore, existed even from early days of the Chirakkal Rajas. While giving   a description of the Kolathiri Kingdom   in his Kerala History, K.P. Padmanabha Menon writes;  “The eldest of the male members reigned as sovereign Kolathiri.  The next in succession, the heir apparent, was the Thekkelamkur.  The residence assigned to him was the Vadakara fort.