KALPATHY – SIMPLISTIC GRANDEUR

29-Nov-2016
 

Located in Palakkad, the village of Kalpathy is known for its rich cultural significance. Known around the globe for its many festivals and unique architectural marvels called the Agraharams, Kalpathy is one of the most preferred tourist destinations down south. Commonly referred to as the Dakshin Kasi or the 'Varanasi of the South, Kalpathy has predominantly been occupied by Tamil Brahmins for centuries. If you are a frequent traveller and is looking for your next travel destination down South, then Kalpathy may just be the right locale to explore as it provides a refreshing ambiance filled with rich heritage. If you are game for it, then we have a few suggestions which could make your experience in Kalpathy even more special.

TRADITIONAL HOUSES  - AGRAHARAMS

  Commonly, the houses inhabited by Brahmins in Kalpathy are referred to as Agraharams. These unique looking abodes have an element of architectural ingenuity attached to them. These abodes were conceptualized based on the cultural ethos of the place and can be found lined on either side of a street with common walls. Each settlement of Agraharams are unique in their own way, but a few common factors can be found in all the units. Almost all the units are aligned in the east-west direction and are in close proximity to a temple. The Agraharams are distinct in their own way with many traditional construction materials forming the core part of the design language. Kalpathy agraharam Houses

THE AGRAHARA SETTLEMENTS

  Divided into various segments, the Agraharas are colonies inhabited by the Tamil Brahmins. There are four distinctive Agraharas in Kalpathy – Chaaththappuram, Govindarajapuran, Old and New Kalpathy. The colonies are identified mainly based on the temples it accommodates. It’s a great option for travellers to explore as each of the temples in the area are distinctive, and the architecture is in resonance with the principles it portrays. The Agraharas in Kalpathy still falls under the concept of ‘timeless architecture’ as they can still be found in its original state of construction when compared to the many other Agraharams in Kerala that were modified or completely destroyed due to rapid urbanization. Kalpathy agraharam building and settlements

SRI VISALAKSHI SAMETHA SRI VISWANATHA SWAMY TEMPLE AND KALPATHY RATHOLSAVAM

  Locally known as Kundu Kovil, the Sri Visalakshi Sametha Sri Viswanatha Swamy Temple is the ultimate edifice of faith in the region. Located on the banks of the serene Kalpathy river, the temple is the site for the world famous Kalpathy Ratholsavam festival. The temple dates back to the 15th century and is surrounded by many Agraharams. The 10-day annual chariot festival, Kalapathy Ratholsavam, at the Sri Visalakshi Sametha Sri Viswanatha Swamy Temple, is conducted in the month of November and is truly an extravagant atmosphere to be a part of. Over the ten day period, a large procession of chariots from the Sri Visalakshi Sametha Sri Viswanatha Swamy Temple and from the nearby satellite temples fill the streets, making for one of biggest festive processions down south. Kalpathy Ratholsavam in palakkad - Palakkad Kalpathy Temple

KALPATHY AS A TRAVEL DESTINATION

If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, then a trip to Kalpathy is your best option. The place is filled with an array of options to explore, and a visit to the divine locale of Kalpathy takes your back in time where life was about unity, and the lifestyle was that of simplicity. To know more about Palakkad settlements and houses ,please visit, Villas in Palakkad

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