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Spending time with family and enjoying holidays is the best feeling one can ever experience. I thank God from bottom of my heart because I am seriously feeling lucky to experience this beautiful feeling. Moving further on our journey it’s day 5 today I visited the most trending & famous place from the movie Bahubali that is  Athirappilly Falls.

Day 5 Begins with Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum.

After having breakfast we reached Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum. It is an old traditional 2-story building. It is the museum showing the evolution of the traditional Ayurvedic Indian medicines.

This museum is located in Thaikkattussery, near Ollur in Thrissur, Kerala. This museum was inaugurated by the late president Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam. It shows the history of the variety of ayurvedic medicines from ancient to modern times. It also has a library, which includes the books on Ayurveda and ayurvedic medicines. The book also describes various branches of Ayurveda. The library also includes different eye-catching digital images and a 3-D gallery. The 3-D gallery shows traditional educational treatments using ayurvedic medicines and its present developments and also a collection of raw herbs used for manufacturing of ayurvedic medicines. After visiting this museum I realized that Ayurveda is and will always remain nature’s best remedy for the majority of health problems.

Bahubali Fame The Athirappilly waterfall

After that, we went to Athirappilly Waterfalls. It is situated in Athirappilly Panchayat in Thrissur district of Kerala.

Athirappilly waterfall
Athirappilly waterfall

Athirappilly is the largest waterfall of Kerala and is nicknamed as “Niagara of India”. It is 80 feet tall. Athirappilly waterfall is close to the dense forest and also has different species of flora and fauna.  Athirappilly waterfall is the most visited waterfall in Kerala. It is situated in a beautiful location and the climate was very thrilling. One can see this waterfall from upper as well as a lower end. Athirappilly waterfall is the waterfall which was shown in the blockbuster movie Baahubali.

The continuously falling water of the waterfall was given the milky waterfalls looks. The water there flows with very high-speed so one has to be very careful especially when having kids and old-age people with them.

Tumburmuzhi Hanging Bridge.

Tumburmuzhi Hanging Bridge
Click From The Tumburmuzhi Hanging Bridge

Then we visited Thumburmuzhi Hanging Bridge. It is the well-known tourist spot on the way of Athirappily Waterfalls. It is built across the Chalakkudy River.

Tumburmuzhi Hanging Bridge
Tumburmuzhi Hanging Bridge

Standing on two pillars this bridge also works on the principle of the cable-stayed bridge with lightweight concrete-steel viaducts on both the sides of the river. It hangs and also gives sounds when you run over it.

Tumburmuzhi Hanging Bridge

 

It also has the famous Butterfly park, which has the natural habitat of Butterflies. It has almost every species of Butterfly in the world. At this place, one can enjoy a lot and can have a view of nature’s beautiful creation of butterflies and flowers together. If you reach this park early morning you can see more of the bigger butterflies like birds, which we missed out to see. It is much less known stop, a lot of travelers missed it. But in my opinion, it is the good place to spend happy time with family and friends.

After reaching Seashore Residency we had an dinner It is a place which serves a high amount of non-vegetarian food because the tourist who visits there is the majority from Arab, so we found it bit difficult to get pure vegetarian food., this is how we ended our day 4.

Muziris Heritage Project

We started our 5th day by visiting Muziris Heritage project. We visited hop and hop the boat, the experience of traveling in that boat was amazing. It is an ancient port town in little Kerala, which still holds it’s beauty that is filled with history and culture.

Muziris Heritage project
Muziris Heritage project

The Government of Kerala has initiated the Muziris Heritage Project to reinstate the historical and cultural significance of the legendary port of Muziris. This region is dotted with numerous monuments of the old age era.

port of Muziris

The entire project is designed to involve and integrate the local community in all it’s development initiatives. The history lovers should visit it once.

hop and hop the boat.
Hop and hop the boat.

Paliam Kovilakam Museum

Ancient Artifact
Ancient Artifact in The Paliam Kovilakam Museum

Then we visited the Paliam Kovilakam Museum, which is built-in the Kerala style. The architecture of this museum shows the hybrid of Kerala and Dutch styles. It is functional and highly efficient two-story building of old age times.

Paliam Kovilakam Museum
Paliam Kovilakam Museum
Carved wooden staircase
Carved wooden staircase

The building has beautifully carved wooden staircase and thick walls with splayed openings.

It has a circulation space in the private area of the building which insulates the interiors, making the place cooler. Again this was a beautiful historic place to watch.

Ancient watch
Ancient watch in the Paliam Kovilakam Museum

Dutch Palace

Moving our journey further we then visited Dutch Palace. It is a Mattancherry Palace, actually a Portuguese palace popularly known as Dutch Palace. In the early decades of 16th century, the Portuguese build this palace and presented it to the king Veera Kerala Varma with the hope of establishing trading relations with the kingdom.

Dutch Palace
Inside The Dutch Palace

This palace is two-storeyed building build in traditional Kerala style with 4 separate wings openings into a central courtyard. From outside, the palace was decorated with white walls in the front and was having sloping roofs. It has long and spacious halls, the ceilings of the halls were decorated with wood carved with floral designs which looks very elegant. This palace also has a fascinating collection of mural paintings and antique furniture and weapons.

Visit St. Francis Church

From there we visited St. Francis Church, it is said to be the oldest European church in India. It was originally built-in 1503 and has great historical significance. It is well-known for its beautiful architecture and ambiance. The church is made of wood and mud. It is situated in the middle of the fort constructed by the Portuguese.

St. Francis Church
St. Francis Church

This church was reconstructed in 1516 and was dedicated to the patron saint of Portugal. The church has a lofty structure with a timber-framed roof covered with tiles. It has a stepped pinnacle constructed on both the sides of the church which gives a very impressive look and signifies old heritage. The interior of the church provides a magnificent view.

Visit Fort Kochi at Greenix village

At last on the 5th day, we visited the Fort Kochi at Greenix village. Greenix Village is a cultural art center of Kerala which promotes varieties of traditional dance forms under one roof.

traditional dance
traditional dance forms at Fort Kochi

This cultural art center also has an art gallery restaurant, a curio shop and a bookshop. The village opens at 6:00 a.m and closes at 10:00 p.m.

Greenix village
Greenix village

We also experienced the traditional dance forms of Kerala and a Marshal art form called as Kallaripatu.

Checked in Bolghatty Palace Hotel.

Bolghatty Palace Hotel
Front Side of Bolghatty Palace Hotel

Bolghatty Palace Hotel is a former palace built by Dutch and is located on the island known as Bolghatty island in Kochi. It is the beautiful palace with the exclusive mansion and four palatial rooms.

Bolghatty Palace Hotel
Inside The Bolghatty Palace Hotel

It provides the travelers with the world-class amenities and a luxurious place to stay during holidays. It is the place of peace in the midst of the bustling city of Kochi.

amenities
My Hubby Ringing The Bell

This resort is a combination of leisure with business and is popularly known as “Honeymoon Paradise”.

Bolghatty Palace Hotel.
My best click in the Bolghatty Palace Hotel.

The resort is neatly surrounded by the giant umbrellas of refreshing green trees. There are also six lake view cottages in this resort. It looks really amazing and let’s see how we feel and what else we experience after staying at this resort.

Also, don’t forget to check out what happened in the 7th & 8th day of my #GoKerala Trip

Also, check out my 7th & 8th-day journey where I Discovered a Hidden Gem of Kerala – Munroe Island with Luxury Houseboat on Day 7 & 8 #GoKerala

Day 4: Hotel Raviz to Sargaalaya to Uru Wooden Ship

After day 3, a luxury hotel stays in the Raviz hotel at Kozhikode, Kerala we Started our journey to sargaalaya International Arts and crafts museums. The first impression after reaching the place was, why God has given everything here only. But frankly speaking, when we met CEO of the museum, we were amazed to see how they are handling poor artisans and their art which is gonna die, if not trained to the newer generation. But these local are not so rich that they can go to the city and sell their products, so this museum is giving these artists and artisans to market their products to tourists who come and buy some stuff for them.

Sargaalaya International Arts and crafts museums

Let me take you to the history of this museum. There are around 107  artisans who are working and making handicrafts for museums to sell under museums. They get their salary or stipend.

Sargaalaya International Arts and crafts museums

They train widows or poor lady who is also bread runner of family. This is a real craft village, where 240 women work day and night so that they can make their own handicrafts and sell in markets during the exhibition.  The exhibition is on from 10 am to 6 pm. Indias best museum which is responsible tourism under state government of Kerala, they are trying to save dying art by teaching the new generation the traditional technic of handicrafts.

Sargaalaya International Arts and crafts museums

We met world best artisan who makes the mat with traditional machines. We also met Mr Arun who can’t speak but has been awarded as the best artisan for Clay portrait, he has made more than 2000 design in his life. We also met students who are trying to save this art from a local village. The museum is doing a great job by giving the platform to seek their products in their museum. A must visit for every traveller and handicraft lover.

craft village, sargaalaya

After finishing sadhya at sargaalaya museum, we went to a place where Uru i.e wooden ships are made.

hand crafted lord ganesha

Generally when we hear the world handy craft, what comes to over mind is the small idols, toys or sculptures made of stone, sand or wooden material. But have you ever heard that big wooden ships are also made in India? It is the biggest handy craft not only in India but also of the whole world.

wooden ship model

So here is the story of a wooden ship making in India. Wooden Ship or Uru as it called is connected with the traditional shipbuilding culture of Kerala and the art and science of making these ships came from the Arab world many years ago.

Wooden ship1,Kerala

Wooden ship2,Kerala

inside wooden ship

view of wooden ship

Centuries ago, Arab traders traced their way to much sought after Kerala spices.

And after coming to know about the availability of good timber in the Kerala region skilled low-cost skilled labours, they began to place orders for the ship. Beypore in Kozhikode district of Kerala is the major centre for making urus in Kerala.

After visiting beypore we visited Thrissur and check in the hotel Joys Palace

Joys Palace,Kerala

Nowadays these ships are made on orders from Gulf countries like  Qatar, U.A.E. As discussed with a manager it takes almost 2 years to complete the one ship. The main engine is procured from Japan. The normal size is  150 by 23 ft. It’s approx.

price is 15cr, It has the capacity of carrying 25000 litres of water and 20000 litres of diesel. These ships are made on specific request. The view of ship reminds us the old stories of Arabian nights.

This is how our day #4 Ended.

On day 5 & 6 on #GoKerala Tour, we visited the famous Bahubali Fame Athirapilly Falls, Muziris Heritage Project, Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum & many more.

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