KOLLAD | A Captivating Land
Kerala’s towns are far removed from big-city concrete jungles, and the dividing line between urban and rural is fine indeed, with green avenues and placid backwaters gracing the busiest cites, and tarred roads and public schools evident in smallest villages.
Palm-fringed river side, endless paddy fields, rolling hills, back waters that snake past tiled-roof house and spotless village roads: Kollad is a land of unmatched beauty. Malayali society is unique, boasting a highly literate population, a sex ratio favoring women, matriarchal sub-societies and a people unfettered by the divisions of case and creed. Diverse religions live here in peaceful amicability, each enriching the state with its customs and practices. Add vibrant arts and colorful festivals, ancient shrines and delectable cuisine, and Kollad is a must stop destination.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Thuruthithara, rowed by Kumarakom Village Boat club, came first in the Iruttukuthi Grade A category and bagged the K.R. Narayanan Memorial ever-rolling trophy at the second Kodoor River Boat Race held at Kollad near here on Sunday. Captained by K.A. Kuruvilla, the team defeated Dayi Number 2 to take the top spot in the competition organised by the Kollad Boat Club.
Winners: Neelamperoor Daniel, rowed by Punackal Chungam Boat Club and captained by Shaji Cheriyeckal, topped the Iruttukuthi Grade B category. Other winners in the competition were Chiramel Thottukadavan, rowed by Gurudhrushnam Boat Club and captained by K. Kuttan (Veppu Grade B); Venghal Puthenveedu, rowed by Nattakom Boat Club and captained by Omanakuttan (Churulan Grade A).
Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan inaugurated the competition earlier in the evening. Kollad Boat Club president Jimmy George presided over the inaugural session.
Jose K. Mani, MP, Kottayam Municipal chairman Sunny Kalloor, V.N. Vasavan, former MLA; and K.R. Narayanan Foundation chairman Uzhavoor Vijayan spoke on the occasion.