Vantage Points

A change of perspective is always refreshing & exciting. Here are some not-often-seen views of Kottayam from characteristic points – vantage points – that show you a lot in one glance.

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Lap 11 Kottayam

Lap 11 Kottayam is an on-board lap at 11 in the night, on a 10km one-way circuit combining existing roads in town. Watch it and then scroll down for the details.

Is it something official?
No. It’s purely for fun. There’s no official ‘track’ or ‘circuit’.

Why a lap at 11 in the night?
Because it’s impossible during the day. You’d take hours to complete one.

Okay, give the circuit map.

Does all the traffic rules apply?
YES. ALL THE TRAFFIC RULES. Please DO NOT attempt violating any.

Anything to be cautious about, in particular?
Yes, a few.

The stretch from Rubber Board to NH 220 entry at Kanjikuzhy, is very narrow and winding.

Take good care while joining NH 220 and turning back, heading town. It’s often a confusion-point.

The Caesar Palace junction at M.C. Road (Nagampadom) too, can enjoy some extra care.

And the time being night, most one-way routes are considered and used as two-ways by some. It’s advised to stick to the left lane always, to account for this.

Final comment?
Shasthri Road is the real stunner.

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.