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Peralasseri well green water

Kannur’s famous Peralassery Subramania temple – the largest step well in Kerala

Sri Subramanya Temple in Peralassery in Kannur district is home to the largest step well in Kerala. Located 14 km from Kannur town, it is located in the neighbourhood of Peralassery, just metres off state highway 38 (Kannur-Kuthuparamba road).

Local myth has it that Ram and Lakshman halted at Peralasseri temple on their way to Sri Lanka to rescue Sita. (The tale of Ramayana for the uninitiated). The temple in itself isn’t what makes Peralassery famous. The reason for its fame is a massive step well just outside the temple.

Peralasseri well green water
The step well is the largest of its kind in Kerala (and probably all of South India)
Peralasseri step well Kannur Kerala
If you visit the temple on any given weekday, you should find ample parking space just outside the temple

I was at Peralasseri temple one weekend for a cousin’s wedding. The bride’s family wanted to conduct the wedding ceremony (garland and thaali exchange) inside the temple premises.

Hindu wedding Peralasseri temple Kannur
The wedding ceremony didn’t take long as there are other wedding groups waiting for their turn
Perallasherry stone temple Kannur Kerala
I couldn’t take too many photos of the temple. I was outside the inner sanctum and photography is usually restricted. Also, it was quite muddy inside due to the rains and I was barefoot.
Snake statues Perallssery temple Kannur
I’ll take stone-carved snakes over real snakes (sorry Lord Vishnu).

But in all (religious) seriousness, the snakes represent ‘Sarpam/Nagam Dosham‘ (Sarpam = snake). Devotees visit the temple to shed themselves effects of ‘serpent curses’ based on their individual horoscopes.

Peralasherry temple stepwell Kannur Kerala
It was still raining outside which made taking photos tough
Perallasherry stepwell Kannur Kerala
You have to leave your footwear outside if you wish to enter the stepwell
Step wells Peralasherry temple Kannur
Stepwells of this design are indigenous to India

Stepwells were built deep where groundwater was abundant and the steps make it easy for people to reach the water especially when water levels fluctuate throughout the year. The steps also make it easier to maintain the well, as supposed to a traditional cylindrical well which is harder to clean over time — unless you want to risk going down one.

Peralasherri old well Kannur Kerala
The rain was non-stop

It wasn’t the best weather to shoot photos but I’ll probably come back some other day when it is sunny and try to get some better photos and update this blog.

Peralassery temple is an impressive sight and one of Kannur’s best attractions. Best come here during weekdays — and obviously when there is no rain. Stepwells are more common in states like Rajasthan and Gujarat, so it’s quite unique that Kannur, Kerala has one.

Getting to Peralassery temple

From the Kannur city bus stand, or any other stop in the city, board any bus going to Kuthuparamba (കൂത്തുപറമ്പ്). Just ask for a ticket to Peralassery.

By car, it’s an easy drive from Kannur city as it’s one straight road. Once you reach the Peralassery bus stop, take a left turn towards the temple. Ask any local, they can guide you.

Visiting Kerala for the summer holiday — why you should

It’s summer season here in India. The school holidays have kicked off for kids. Goa feeling too commercialized and crowded for your liking? Then consider the greener pastures and the far less crowded beaches of Kerala for your family holiday. Being a Keralite, I may come off as a bit biased but the facts are out there — Kerala is one of India’s most popular states for tourism for a reason. From its famous backwaters, unspoiled beaches, great seafood to the hill stations of Munnar, national parks such as Periyar… you have a lot to do in Kerala if you are willing to get around a bit.

Kumarakom houseboat small boat
The famous houseboats of Kumarakom

Flights to Kerala are aplenty and both Cochin and the state capital Trivandrum are well connected to India’s major cities. Flight booking should be a breeze but you may wish to consider which city to begin your journey from. If you fly into Cochin, then you have several attractions like Fort Kochi, Alappuzha (a.k.a Alleppy) and Kumarakom all within easy reach from Ernakulum city. Cochin is also a great hub to visit the hill station hubs of Munnar and Thekkady. Continue reading “Visiting Kerala for the summer holiday — why you should” »

Thailand: Taking a stroll in Lumphini Gardens, Bangkok

Date: 06 April 2015

Today was my last day in Bangkok. Being a short layover from my Japan trip, I still managed to go to the Maeklong Train Market and Amphawa Floating Market — two attractions I hadn’t been to before. I wondered what else to see before leaving Bangkok. And so I looked at the map and decided to head to Lumphini Gardens, Bangkok’s largest public park.

The easiest way to get to Lumpini park is to take a BTS to Sala Daeng Station and leave via Exit No.6.

But before entering the park, I stopped by Burger King to have lunch.

Burger King whopper meal Bangkok
Burger King doesn’t sell beef burgers back in India, so this would be my last before departing Bangkok
Lumpini park entrance Bangkok Thailand
After lunch, I walked across Rama IV Road to the memorial statue of King Rama VI.
Lumpini park map Bangkok Thailand
A map of Lumpini Park
Cycling in Lumpini park Bangkok
Lumphini is a multi-purpose park, popular for cycling, jogging or simply relaxing
Lumpini lake panorama Bangkok city
There is an artificial lake
Monitor lizard in Bangkok public park
Which has a surprising number of monitor lizards
Lumpini park monitor lizard Bangkok
Who all appear to be an attraction at the park
Monitor lizard approaching man Bangkok
Except when they get a little too close to humans… that freaks some of us out
Monitor lizard Lumphini gardens Bangkok
They are the second largest lizards only after the Komodo Dragon
Swan boats Lumpini park Bangkok
You can rent these pedal boats to go for rides across the lake
Lumpini park bridge Bangkok
I walked around some more
Lumpini park children play area
Lumpini park is a multi-purpose park, with sections for children…
Performance dome Lumpini park Bangkok
… amphitheatres for live performances
Lumpini park garden Bangkok
…and plenty of lawns to relax in the shade
Water sprinklers Lumpini park Bangkok
It was really hot today so I walked closer to the sprinklers
Lumpini gardens hearts Bangkok Thailand
I’m guessing this area is popular for wedding photography
Chinese Tower Lumpini gardens Bangkok
There is a Chinese pavilion
Lumpini park two way Bangkok
It was scorching hot and I found myself walking towards wherever it was wet
Cycle track Lumpini Park Bangkok Thailand
Or walking in the shade
Lumpini gardens BTS station Bangkok
But I was bored and decided to leave

Lumphini Gardens isn’t much of a tourist attraction but if you want to see some greenery away from Bangkok’s concrete city center, or if you want a quiet place to cycle or skateboard around, then this public garden is worth visiting. I took the subway and went to a mall just to kill time before I headed to the airport to catch my flight back to Bangalore.

Previous post from this series:

Thailand: Amphawa Floating Market in Samut Songkhram

 Thailand: Maeklong Railway Market in Samut Songkhram

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