Nalukettu

Nalukettu

Situated in a scenic and serene milieu, Pallipattu Illom is one of the few existing architectural wonders constructed in the traditional Kerala panache. Adorned with medicinal trees and shrubs, the illom is indeed an amalgamation of beauty and purity.


Sri Chalinarayanapuram temple consecrated to lord Shiva and lord Vishnu, stands in a conspicuous spot on the western shore of the phenomenal Vembanad lake.It is in its close proximity at the northern gate that the ancient and traditional Brahmin homestead- Pallipattu Illom, is situated. This classic structure built in the traditional architectural style of Kerala and temple nearby can be reckoned with as the most significant landmarks of the area.


This is nothing casual about the construction of this structure and the sacred ponds and the sacred serpent grove. They were all made in strict conformity with a traditional style of Kerala architecture. The walls of the house are made of timber having medicinal qualities. Provision for air circulation and humidity is so scientifically incorporated, so that the dwellers will never feel like staying in a musty environment. The doors, miniature doors, windows and the opening in the roof of the central courtyard and the attics (Thattumpuram) serve a lot in maintaining the healthy and comfortable atmosphere in the interior.

NALUKETTU

NALUKETTU is the traditional homestead of old tharavadu. These types of buildings are typically found in the Indian state of Kerala. The traditional architecture is a rectangular structure where four halls are joined together with a central courtyard (Nadumuttam),which is opened to sky. The four halls on the sides are named Vadakkini (Northern block), Padinjattini (Western block), Kizhakini (Eastern block) and Thekkini (Southern block).The walls of the Nalukettu is made up of different medicinal woods such as


  • Thekku”-Tectona grandis-Teak wood, which is used to cure inflammation, skin diseases, diabetes, ulcers, haemorrages, kidney diseases, urinary calculi, etc
  • Anjili”- Artocarpus hirsutus - Wild jack, used in the treatment of Anorexia, sexual weakness, diarrhoea, etc
  • Eeti” - Dalbergia latifolia-Rose wood, useful in obeisity, intestinal worms, body pain, etc
  • Kanjiram”- Strychnos nux vomica - Poison nut tree/Snakewood, used in Cardiomyopathy, hypotension, arthritis, dementia,etc

So,staying in this serene holistic atmosphere is highly beneficial for maintaining good health and to cure diseases. in palm leafs”Thaliyola” and ancient valuables like kindi(a type of pitcher),nilavilakku,uruli,etc which is made of bell metal and other utensils made of wood which are used more than 300 yrs ago are preserved in this Arappura.

Arappura

The main portion of the Nalukettu is the “Arappura” where the valuables of the house are stored.Thousands of manuscripts in palm leafs ”Thaliyola” and ancient valuables like kindi(a type of pitcher),nilavilakku,uruli,etc which is made of bell metal and other utensils made of wood which are used more than 300 yrs ago are preserved in this Arappura.

Nilavarakuzhi

An underground cellar beneath the Arappura,where clay pots(bharani)used hundreds of years ago are still kept intact.

Nadumuttam

Nadumuttam/centralcourtyard is an interior sky view opening in the roof of the building.It gives proper air circulation to the building which helps to maintain the proper humidity.

kallumkuzhi

Is a natural monolithic water tank used in olden times.

Aattukattil

It is a swinging piece of rectangular wooden bed, wide and long enough for two or three persons to sit and swing and relax.