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Dec 11 2016 (09:17)  Soaking in Thrissur’s heritage (www.thehindu.com)
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The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Thrissur Chapter, organised a heritage walk in and around Thrissur railway station on Saturday.
The participants explored some of the historically significant areas in and around the station such as Vanjikulam, Maharaja’s Guest House (railway station), Arecanut Market, and a historic well. The walk that started from the parking lot of the second platform of the railway station proceeded to Vanchikulam. Vanchikulam used to be one of the most significant waterways that linked Thrissur to other parts of the State. However, it has been lying as a slush pool for more than 50 years.
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next site was the historical well near Vanchikulam. It played a significant role in the railway history of Thrissur. This well was the source of water for steam engines during those days, which later got abandoned when steam engines gave way to modern engines. Now it is a dumping site.
Maharaja’s Guest House is situated in the railway station and is currently acting as the health inspector’s office. The Maharaja of Cochin built the the railway station in 1902, which had a private guest house for the Maharaja on the premises. It functioned as a place for rest for the Maharaja who used to visit the station to inspect the progress of work.
The areca nut market, which is more than 100 years old, used to be one of the largest in the State.
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