NATURAL HERITAGE


BENAGUDI SHOLA

M. Amirthalingam In the year 1995, when I started surveying the sacred groves of the various districts of Tamil Nadu including the Nilgiris, I came across a magnificent shola in the village of Benagudi which is situated about halfway between Kotagiri and Coonoor. My curiosity was aroused and I determined to explore this particular shola. The local people tried to dissuade me, saying that the pla....

CULTURAL HERITAGE


TRADITIONAL AGRAHARAM HOUSES OF KANCHIPURAM

J. Sumathi Ancient and medieval society in Tamil nadu was dominated by the Brahmin community who were leaders in terms of learning and social standing. The traditional architectural styles of their houses were shaped by parameters such as climate, occupation and the prevailing socio-economic and socio- cultural factors. The Brahmins lived in a separate settlement of houses known as the agrahara....

GOLDEN LANGURS OF UMANANDA

- Shubhobroto Ghosh Photographs by Nanditha Krishna This article has been written in a personal capacity and the views expressed do not reflect the official positions of any organisation. The flight to Guwahati on 17th December, 2007, was late. As usual. I woke up late the next morning. As usual. Breakfast consisted of cheese sandwich and coffee. As usual. My friends came late to meet me. As us....

ADIYAMAAN CAVE TEMPLES AT NAMAKKAL

G. Balaji Namakkal is famous for the ‘Namakkal Anjaneyar’, and 18 foot tall idol of Hanuman that stands beneath the open sky. The city lies at the foot of a huge rock, upon which there is a fort built by Ramachandra Nayakar, a Vijayanagar chieftan who ruled Namakkal during the 16th century. It is believed that Tippu Sultan hid in this fort for some time to escape the British. Later, the fort ....