Near by Place
In the Neighbourhood
There are many places in Kerala having its own cultural and historical importance. Some of such significant places near to Poomully Mana are as follows.
It may be noted that traveling during treatment period is strictly prohibited, as it may affect the pathya and treatment programs adversely. However interested inpatients can plan to visit, these places after their discharge from our centre. These travel programs are not part of our services.
Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple
Guruvayoor is situated around 22 kilometers from Poomully Mana. The Sri Krishna temple at Guruvayoor is one of the most sacred and important pilgrim centres of Kerala. This historic temple is shrouded in mystery. According to belief, the temple is the creation of guru, the preceptor of the goods and vayu, the god of winds. The eastern nada is the main entrance to the shrine. In the Chuttambalam (outer enclosure) is the tall 33.5 m high gold plated Wajasthambam (flag post). There is also a 7 m high Dipastambham (pillar of lamps), whose thirteen circular receptacles provide a truly gorgeous spectacle when lit. The square Sreekovil is the sacred sanctum sanctorum of the temple, housing the main deity. Non-hindus are not admitted inside the temple as per Dewaswom rules. Within the temple, there are also upadeva temples of Ganapathy, Sree Ayyappa and Edathedathy Kavil Bhagavathy.
The high school at Peringode(which is now up-graded as HigherSecondary school) is situated in the heart of Peringode village (one kilometer from Poomully Mana). This aided school was started in the last century and was developed by members of Poomully. It is still under the management of Poomully Mana family.
Late.Poomully Aramthampuran was one of its former Managers. Along with education, this school is also famous for cultural activities.
The Panchavadya Sangham(percussion instruments performance troop) of Peringode High school was started under the initiative of Poomully Aramthampuran, Poomully Ramaphan, K.M.S.Namboodirippad etc. Later it has made its own record in winning the State youth festival for most number of years. This troop has got place in the Limca Books of World Records for performing Panchavadyam with most number of artists. Many of the villagers earn their livelihood through the performance of Panchavadyam in the festival season.
The full size statue of Late.Poomully Ganeshan(a pet elephant of Poomully family) standing in front of Peringode high school is also an added attraction.
The Kalamandalam was the first institutional step in the preservation of cultural Kerala, and to start classical training in the performing arts, which were till then left to the exclusive patronage of provincial kings and landlords. The performing artists, especially the Kathakali artists, were in general, the aesthetic victims of society. They were silent sufferers of the caste hierarchy, prevailing in Kerala, during the period. With the establishment of Kalamandalam the social and cultural emancipation of these traditional forms and artists became a thing of the past. Kathakali and Mohiniyattam, two major performing art forms, were heading for extinction, for want of patronage. It was the Mahakavi, Vallathol who ensured their existence till date, under an institutional infra-structure.
In 1965 Kalamandalam added Koodiyattam to its curriculum. Koodiyattam is the only stylized Sanskrit theatre having a tradition of two thousand years. Painkulam Rama Chakyar who headed the Koodiyattam department was a maverick. Rama Chakyar boldly brought Koothu and Koodiyattam outside the temples in the late fifties disregarding the displeasure of caste-conscious conservatives in the field and liberated these esoteric art forms. From 1965, courses in Koodiyattam, Koothu and Nangiarkoothu were made available at Kalamandalam for anyone interested. Kalamandalam has produced gifted artists in the field. Recently the UNESCO has recognized Koodiyattam as a manifestation of the heritage of human culture. The contribution of Kalamandalam in this regard is significant.
Other performing arts that are taught and performed at Kalamandalam are classical Karnatic music (vocal) Thullal, a semi-classical solo dance-drama, Panchavadyam, an example of one of the wonderful instrumental ensembles of Kerala and Mridangam, the foremost among the percussion instruments in Karnatic music. The Department of Classical Dance has Mohiniyattam as its spearhead; but Bharatanaatyam and Kuchipudi also are taught and performed as subsidiary subjects
Punnathoor Kotta is the palace grounds of erstwhile Rajas of Punnathoor. Today it is being maintained as an elephant sanctuary with more than 50 elephants of Guruvayoor Dewaswom. The elephants here are offerings from the devotees to Guruvayoorappan. This elephant sanctuary is one of its kind in the world. Punnathoor Kotta is one kilometer away from Guruvayoor.
Nelluvai Lord Dhanwanthari Temple
Nelluvai Dhanwanthari Temple 10kms away from Poomullymana. The temple is dedicated to Lord Dhanwanthari, who is considered as the Master-God of Ayurveda. Temples with Lord Dhanwanthari as presiding diety installation are rare enough.