Famed 17th-century physician Kollat Itty Achuthan is a key brain behind the Hortus Malabaricus, the monumental 12-volume tome on the medicinal plants across Kerala. Yet, his native village near Alappuzha is struggling to earn name on Kerala’s tourism map even as there is a hype around Ayurveda. Miles of bright sandy land along a southwest Kerala belt has for long been the homestead of practitioners of a medical system which the state government is now celebrating as a key theme in its tourism initiatives: Ayurveda. One such vaidya family in coastal Alappuzha district has a strikingly great legacy which has of late received revived public attention, yet is gasping to earn it the deserving status. Welcome to Kadakkarappally, a quiet and green vill...Read More...
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