It was in January 2011 that Naalumanikkaattu was opened. A first-of-its-kind. The great amount of care and attention given to its maintenance and good-going have paid off greatly. The place is now frequented by at least a couple hundreds people, especially on weekends. The idea was fresh, very practical and the execution was flawless.
Goodness inspires. There are now two more spots in Kottayam that are inspired by the change-of-air Naalumanikkattu offered. Kalathilkadavu Puzhayorasahyanam along the Kodoor River on the Devalokam – Kolladu road (view on map) and Aattutheeram along the Meenachil River, between Cherppunkal and Mutholy, on the Ettumanoor – Pala highway (view on map). These are not as elaborate as Naalumanikkattu but are good little open places for some leisure.
There are about 6-8 benches here, along the roadside towards the bridge. There is an open park for kids with swings & see-saws, a locally-run hotel that serves snacks & drinks and an ice cream counter. The view get more scenic towards sunset.
The Aattutheeram project on the Cherppunkal – Mutholy stretch is a kilometre long beautification of the highway. A passionately maintained garden runs along the road on both sides and it instantly improves the feel of the trip. Even the routine, boring commute will feel better as you pass by. Extending the project, there are now few benches along the garden that overlook the Meenachil River with faint & foggy view of mountains far away.
Factory outlets of Louis Philippe and Van Heusen are now open.
Left, road side, Thannickalpady. (Just before St. Antony’s Motors on the way to Vadavathoor)
Being a direct factory outlet, fresh stock and frequent offers are expected. Talking of offers, they’re running big launch offers on everything. Here’s the breakdown –
- 30% off – 1 item
- 40% off – 2 items
- 50% off – 3 items and more
- Flat 70% off on Suits/Blazers above Rs.5000/-
(which means, you pay just Rs. 6300 for a suit worth Rs. 21000)
- Buy 1 Get 1 Free
- Varied other offers upto 50% off
- Flat 60% off on Suits
- Flat 50% off on Blazers
They will be having offers throughout the year.
Even though the new municipal town limits haven’t expanded along the K.K. Road (it’s expanded along the M.C. Road, towards Ettumanoor side and Chingavanam side) the business landscape of Kottayam is already expanding along the K.K. Road side too. These outlets are the first among the very-possible multitude of commercial centers.