Sunday, September 11, 2011

Homecoming Tellicherry

The enchanting west coast town by the sea, in the Malabar, the city of 'seven hills (kunnu)', Thalassery is for ever a paradise!

The northernmost part of Kothanadu was called so - Thalakkathe (north) Cheri (place). Lster to be known as Tellicherry by the British and then named Thalaserry recently.

The British settled in 1682 and set their strongholds here by the Arabain sea. They built a sea port to transport the famous Tellicherry peppers and built a fort by the sea to protect the trade (1708). An unsuccessful attack was carried out by Hyder Ali in 1781.

2011, and the town has not changed much.... the sea walls laid by Overbury still lies protecting the land from continuous erosion. The Overbury's folly is now a beautiful park where one can spend a beautiful evening with their dear ones.

The Thalaserry bus stand battered in the monsoon..

towards the old bus stand . .

Marine drive . .

a boat repair workshop at Ernholi palam . .

Moidu palam towards Dharmadam ..

The love for sea food is evident all around the Malabar..
the fish market in the town . .

ray rish (therandi). .

Was that an Octopus ?

dry fish stalls . .

Dry fish - the God's must be crazy!
Muthappan is the Hindu diety commonly worshiped in the north Malabar region. He is considered the manifestation of Shiva & Vishnu. Worship of muthappan does not follow the satvic Brahminical form of worship as seen in other temples in India. No idol worship is done but an enactment of Muthappan is carried out in temples and in the front yard of homes. Dry fish is used as an offering to Muthappan.

People of all castes, religions and nationalities are permitted to enter the temple and take part in the worship. Boiled grams and slices of coconut, burnt dry fish and toddy are offered during the worship to Muthappan and as prasadam to the devotees.

Muthappan is always accompanied by dogs. Dogs are considered sacred. You can visit the famous Parassinikadavu temple to witness this all.

St. John's Anglican Church, behind the fort is now an important historical site. Now home to the graves of some of the prominent Britishers who lived and ruled Tellicherry in some way or the other. This church has now been restored and is a protected monument.

@ the grave of Brenen. The famous Brenen college was founded by Edward Brenen in 1861.

The view of the Arabian Sea from the church . .

Herman Gundert, the German missionary who wrote the first English-Malayalam translator dictionary.

Overbury's folly is yet another intriguing place. EN Overbury, a Briton, who served as a judge at Tellicherry wanted to construct a picnic spot at the cliff. He has started but left his dream unfinished. The spot was later named as 'Overbury's folly'. One can enjoy the sweeping views of the Arabian sea from this spot...

The folly ..

The view from the watch tower . .

The view from the watch tower . .
The Arabian sea lashing the coast..


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