E. M. Forster in his celebrated A Passage to India wrote:
"India is the country-fields, fields, then hills, jungle, hills and more
fields". I was reminded of this while travelling from Palghat to Tiruvilwamala
by an early morning bus. Unlike the coastal belt of Kerala which abounds in lagoons
and coconut palms, 'the landscape this side of the State is dominated by hills, paddy
fields and palmyra trees.
Tiruvilwamala is an important temple, consisting of two shrines side by side-one dedicated
to Rama and the other to his brother Lakshmana. It is a mountain shrine easily
accessible by road on the west side. The eastern side consists of a series of
mountains which one has to trek to reach the temple. The place is in Thalapalli
Taluk in Trichur District. It is 29 km. from Trichur and 20 km. from Palghat
and is well served by frequent bus services.
Author - K.R. Vaidyanathan