Two months ago, visitors at Kerala’s unique ecosystem of reptiles got a new slice of refreshment when a reputed snake park in the state’s northern region opened facilities for beverages and snacks. On August 25, the Parassinikkadavu Snake Park in Kannur district put up a coffee kiosk along with parlours that sell ice-creams and sweets. In short, the mini zoo’s leafy premises today have visitors relaxing over stuff to drink and eat over chitchat in generally quiet afternoons. This pleasing picture contrasts with the mood that prompted the genesis of the venture half a century ago. It all began in the mid-1960s when Kanthalottu Kunjambu was bitten by a snake. The Communist leader had to be rushed all the way to a place called Edakkad on the Malabar Coast for treatment. The man from ...Read More...
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