Sep 15, 2007

Market Place

Karthikappally used to be a great marked place due to its proximity to the water way. It gradually evolved into a big town. But as in its modern path , it lost all those glorious ages.

These are some market areas now;

The last images show the remains of the old market place, where the smell of the crowd still lingers...

The Eleven KV

This is one of the 11 Kilo Volt lines with are wide spread all around India or Kerala.

Hripad Temple and Pond

The Harippad Subramanya Temple , the pond's eye view..!

Vathaloor Koikkal Temple

As a common site...temples are a common site in this of the old temples is this Vathaloor Koikkal Temple on the banks of the Karthikappally Thodu

Karthikappally Post Office

The Karthikappally Post Office was one of the main centers of communicaton earlier. But by the advent of the e-communication systems and services, Post offices in and around this place, rather the whole world is declining importance literally.


The Karthikappally - Danapadi - Haripad road

Mannarasala Temple

Mannarasala Temple is devoted to serpent worship. It is located near Harippad, 32 km south of Alappuzha, Kerala. In this temple, the rites are presided over by a priestess. The temple covers an area of 16 acres of dense green forest grove. The two main idols are Nagaraja or the serpent king and his consort, Sarpayakshini. The most popular offering of this temple is 'Uruli Kamazhthal', the placing of a bell metal vessel upside down in front of the deity, which is believed to restore fertility to childless couples.

The temple is reputed for having 30,000 images of snake-gods. On the day of Ayilyam, in the months of September and October, all the serpent idols in the grove and the temple are taken in procession to the illam (the house of the priestess connected with the temple) where Noorum Palum, and 'Kuruthi', a red liquid made of turmeric and lime, offerings are made.

Pithampil Temple

This temple was originally constructed by one of the oldest families belonging to the Temple. Currently the temple is handled by the Kshetra Samrakashna Samithi.

Haripad Temple

Sree Subrahmaniya Swami
is situated at Haripad near to the NH 47. The main deity of this temple is Lord Muruga. A vast complex including two ponds and enclosed in a 7ft tall stone fencing, and monster Banyan trees of dizzying heights makes it quiet attractive. The Kavadi and Thipooyam one of the many festivals celebrated in months of April-May months attracts more crowd than ever!, adding to the beauty of this place.

Ananthapuram Palace

This palace is more than one fifty years old and is quite near to the Ananthapuram high School. Unlike many other palaces this one has many buildings scattered in a vast compound. The palace is currently handled by the present bloodline.

St.Thomas High School

One of the oldest educational institutions in Karthikappally dating back to 1919 was constructed by the St. Thomas Orthodox Church and was dedicated to the society to enlighten the fruits of proper education. This endeavour is now run directly by Catholicate Palace, Devalokam, the Headquarters of the Indian (Malankara) Orthodox Church, Kottayam.

Karumbali Koikkal Kottaram

This palace is situated near to the Haripad railway station. The palace is more than 150 years old and has an unbreakable association with the late legendary King Marthandavarma. Presently it is maintained as a temple and is run by the Travencore Devasom Board.

Karthikappally Kottaram

This palace is situated in the heart of Karthigappally. The palace is estimated to be more than a thousand years old. This was the former residence of the ‘Natturajakanmar’ who ruled Karthigappally. The palace is occupied and maintained by the current successors.

St.Thomas Orthodox Cathedral

This church is situated at the Karthigappally junction on the way to Thrikunappuzha. It is estimated that the church is more than 1200 years old. The exact year of construction is unknown. There are above 600 hundred families in the parish.