About our village Kalakadu!
Kalakad is a small, beautiful, agriculturally fertile village, situated at the foothills of western Ghats, away from all hustle and bustle of highways or cities. Not much of its old history is known. It has been under the rule of Pandyas, Nayakas, Nawabs, Trvancore kings and lastly the British. It was an attractive possession for all these rulers because of it fertile lands. Even now agriculture is the main and only industry. Certain areas of the village are known as “Kottai” a Tamil name for fort, though no fort is seen now, except for very minimum traces of a fort wall along the river edge near the new bus stand.
Kalakad forest, almost an extension of the silent valley of Kerala, is an evergreen forest, home for the lion tailed monkeys: It is a declared Tiger reserve. Many of the rivers in Tirunelveli district originate here. A small dam on Pachaiyar river constructed recently has water almost throughout the year even when other places run dry! On top of the mountain at a height of about 3000 feet an old bungalow is there, constructed and frequented by the British during hot summer months, as plenty of water was always there with a very nice climate. Even now one can go there, but with permission from forest authorities in Tirunelveli. Though a very very narrow motorable road had been laid some time back, it is in a very bad shape and only a very skilled driver on a good vehicle can navigate through it. While driving, the vehicle will almost never see sunlight as tall trees on both the sides cover the road. Many falls, such as “Thaengai Uruli, Thalaianai, Karungal kasam, Netteringal, Sengaltheri” are situated in these forests.