Monday, December 1, 2014

Kudakkallu parambu-Megalithic burial site Thrissur, Kerala

Being with your best friend is a special treat you can give yourself and travelling with one is a double treat.I am blessed with some of the best things in my life and friends find a special place among them.My best friend leslie is my best travel companion..Her bike unicorn which she calls(Kudira meaning horse) no place is too far for us. Recently we had been to a marriage (actually she did a job of a driver of taking me there)..The marriage was at Chalakudy, Thrissur district in Kerala and she was thoroughly bored with all the waiting for me..On our way back we stopped for a while for some refreshment (though we were full with wedding feast) and started browsing through for places around.Suddenly Kudakkallu parambu a megalithic burial place caught our attention and interest , sooner maps were downloaded distance calculated and feast slumber was no longer pressing upon us. Cherumanangad is 55 km from Chalakudy. The clime was just great as it had been raining for a week now , thanks to the depression in the Arabian sea.We were too happy chatting way with the travel bug fluttering high, but that was when the most unfortunate thing happened to us, both our mob ran out of battery  as the night before we were too immersed in our girly talks  to charge our mobile.So from modernity we took a step back and became old types of travelers asking for direction.We were on a lucky day mode as most people didn't know about the burial place but thankfully knew the place at the least and  well few helped us with the wrong direction .After many twists and turn it seemed like we reached the place when it hit us that we had got 20 km ahead of a junction we were supposed to take right . Praying that this might be the last wrong turn we set off and we landed at the site around 4:30 pm.

Set away from the huzzle and buzzle of the state highway, Kudakkallu parambu is a megalithic burial site spread around two acres in a quieter area of Cherumanangad. You can find this site amidst dwelling around the fence of this protected monument of archaeological survey of India.It is believed that these might be 4000 years old tombs. These mushroom like arrangements are made as a memorial stone upon the dead of very important stature  perhaps of aristocratic lineage.

Megalithic refers to structures made of large stone that is used to construct a structure of monument, while monolith refers to large structure made up of single large stone.There are neolithic and mesolithic archaeological sites that have been discovered in Kerala.

Apart from umbrella shaped tombs, these types were also found in the site

The recent rains has given rise to life all over the tombs that added beauty to the site. 

The whole area is declared as a protected monument

Well maintained lush green grass are well maintained so are the mud pathways to each tomb.

With cool breeze and an approaching dusk made the whole experience memorable .There is a care taker and a helper who take of the whole premise.
This is the layout of the burial ground

How to reach
20km from Thrissur , its is the nearest city

Entry is free .Its open from 9:30am to 5:30 but it could be extended bit more upon request.

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