ode to an unsung hero - Pazhassi Raja

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    smoothwanderer Well-Known Member

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    rode to the memorial to Pazhassi Raja at manathavadi, in Wayanad district today,30th November, the death anniversary of the great patriot.

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    Although i had heard of Pazhassi raja it was a chance reading of an article about him that immediately kindled a flame. i did some research in the internet and was floored by the exploits of the legendary leader in fighting Tipu sultan and later the British.
    BIRTH -
    Born as Kerala Varma, into the royal family of KOTTAYAM (not to be mistaken with the southern district of Kottayam, Kerala ). He was the fourth in line of succession to be the king, on 3-1-1753.Also called as Pychy Raja/ Cotiote Raja he is credited to be one of the first freedom fighters of our country. He has been given the title of Kerala Simham ( lion of Kerala ) in recognition of
    his martial exploits[​IMG]. for more details here is a link
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pazhassi_Raja
     
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    we decided to visit his memorial on the 30th f november which being the death anniversary of the great king. we decided start early by 5 am from my home , but as usual started at 5.30 am. went to m y friend suresh's home to get him. we had removed the warm inner lining of the riding jackets as the weather was not cold.the route we planned was -
    Payangadi - Taliparamba - srikandapuram - Iritty - Nedumpoil - Periya - Manathavadi - Thokkilangadi - Pazhassi - Mattanoor- Iritty - Taliparamba - Payangadi.

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    we rode at a leisurely pace as the distance was only about 140 kms. we had a stop just before iritty as suresh wanted a smoke and we had aching groin and legs. next stop was just at the beginning of the Periya hairpins for breakfast. we had hot tea and hot crispy pathiri and egg roast. then on wards the the road condition started deteriorating. initially it was a mixture of good tarmac and potholes then it was no roads at many places. but the greenery and the cool climate was the icing. enjoyed the twisties and the off roading. there were many trucks and four wheelers on the road and had to wait patiently for the chance to overtake when the coast was clear.

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