Kalyan Jewellers Getting Ready for Opening

Update on 7th March, 2010: Kalyan Jewellers Kottayam showroom is now opened.

[Update: Kalyan Jewellers will be inaugurated on 7th March, 2010 by Dileep]
Watch the unofficial promo (45 seconds) we made. (Embedded below)

Kalyan Jewellers is to be opened at Kottayam sometime soon. The brand new showroom is right next to Hotel Arcadia, T.B. Road, close to KSRTC Bus Station, Kottayam.

The showroom structure appears to be ready-for-launch, but there is no confirmation regarding the interiors. It looks short, maybe because of the big guy Arcadia standing tall just by its side. If we are to consider the showroom design and decoration of their other branches it is to be presumed that there’s much more to be done.

Butterfly Garden Opens, Kottayam Gets More Serene

Kottayam got something great to be proud of – a nice Butterfly Garden. It’s prepared & maintained to the right of the main entrance of the Kottayam Collectorate (Civil Station) and is always open to all (but the time between 10 am and 12 noon is the best time to sight butterflies).

Butterfly Garden is not something new, but the one we just got at Kottayam is indeed unique; it’s the only open-environment butterfly garden in the World that’s situated at a busy urban area (Note that the place is so close to the always busy K.K. Road (N.H. 220)). It is called ‘open-environment’ because the butterflies are NOT put inside some cages or walls. Then how does it work, you ask.

In the specially maintained area, the minds behind this great venture – Tropical Institute of Ecological Sciences – have planted and nourished those plants and shrubs, which play important roles in the life cycle of butterflies. And yes, the butterflies come automagically!

The butterfly garden was inaugurated by Hon’ble District Collector, Mrs. Mini Antony on 31st October, 2009. The garden is built & maintained by the Tropical Institute of Ecological Sciences led by Dr. Punnen Kurian (Zoology lecturer, St. Mary’s College, Manarcadu).

Periodic awareness and demo sessions will be arranged at the garden. School students are the main target audience, since they are mainly the ones who need to understand and love nature. The idea of a butterfly garden is expected to spread wide, with gardens being built in school & college campuses and public sector institutions.

We were present there for the inaugural event, and here are the photos, followed by a short video clip.

Video clip shot minutes before the garden was inaugurated

If you haven’t visited the place, we urge you to make a visit and give a green salute to our beautiful ecosystem.