CENTRAL STAMP DEPOT TRIVANDRUM AT THYCAUD




THIS WAS PART OF THE BRITISH RESIDENT'S BUNGALOW AT TRIVANDRUM(RESIDENTS KEPT KINGS ON A TIGHT LEASH )

MY OBSERVATION IS THAT BRITISHERS AND ANGLO INDIANS LIKED TO STAY ON HILLS.SO THYCAUD HILLS FOR RESIDENT,PALAYAM HILLS AS CANTONMENT OF TROOPS,BARTON HILL ,COTTON HILL ETC OTHER WHITES AND SEMI WHITES (ANGLO INDIAN) STAYED

THE GENERAL HOSPITAL AREA(on a hill) WAS SURROUNDED BY BIG BUNGALOWS FOR WHITES AND ANGLO INDIANS
 IN BETWEEN  HILLS --THE VALLEYS-- WERE MOSTLY UNINHABITED EXCEPT FOR THE COCONUT TREES; AND A  FEW HOUSES BY AGRICULTURISTS OF TRIVANDRUM -- FOR EXAMPLE -- ''KUNNUKUZHI 'BETWEEN PALAYAM HILL AND BARTON HILL .

SIMILARLY THE PALAYAM HILL  AREA WAS OCCUPIED BY BRITISH ESTABLISHED PUBLIC LIBRARY ,CHURCHES ;MUSEUM,MILITARY CANTONMENT  ETC.
 BEHIND THE  PALAYAM CATHOLIC CHURCH WAS AN AREA FOR WHITE BLOOD AND SEMI WHITE BLOOD INHABITANTS. BECAUSE THE ENGLISH LIKED HILLS ,

THE MUSEUM ,WATER WORKS ,TRIVANDRUM CLUB,I.G. OFFICE ETC CAME UP IN HIGH-HILLY  AREA. MODEL SCHOOL WAS BUILT ON A HILL WITH AN ATTACHED BUNGALOW FOR THE WHITE ADMINISTRATOR TO STAY ALSO

ST JOSEPH SCHOOL NEAR GENERAL HOSPITAL WAS ON A HILL

.THE MAIN ROAD[M.G. ROAD] WAS BUILT ON THE WHOLE AT  A HIGHER LEVEL THAN THE SRI PADMANABHA SWAMI TEMPLE

THE ONLY HOTEL OF THIRUANANDA PURAM(TRIVANDRUM) WAS MASCOT HOTEL(ON PALAYAM HILL) --FOR BRITISH OFFICERS AND CIVILIANS.

.A FEW SATHRAMS( Almshouse) FOR NATIVE INDIANS WERE AVAILABLE NEAR RAILWAY STATION AT THAMPANOOR

 EATING PLACES  USED TO SHOW BRAZENLY THE CASTE OF THE OWNER AND THE CASTE OF CUSTOMERS  ALLOWED IN ; SO IT WAS COMMON TO SEE NAIR hotels  AND BRAHMAN MEALS HOTEL EVERY WHERE .WONDER WERE THE LOWER CASTES OF THAT ERA USED TO EAT?!SOME OF WHOM  WHERE ALLOWED TO EAT OUT ON THE ROAD SIDE IF THEY WERE LOW CASTE S!
TILL 1950'S THE MASCOT HOTEL WAS THE END OF TRIVANDRUM CITY ON WEST SIDE AND KANAKA KUNNU PALACE ON THE EAST ;BEYOND WHICH WERE MOSTLY UNINHABITED  'OOLAN KAADU'  MEANS WHERE OOLAN(JACKALS) USED TO ROAM AT NIGHT
Trivandrum' KANAKA KUNNU' Palace, 1900s.
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IN PALAYAM THEY MADE A CHURCH ATTACHED TO THE TROOPS NOW KNOWN AS CHRIST CHURCH IN 1859 . THE PRESENT DAY TWO STADIUMS IN PALAYAM WERE THE PARADE GROUND FOR TROOPS.MANY BRITISH OFFICERS (OF NAIR SOLDIERS )OF 1790 ONWARDS ARE BURIED IN CHRIST CHURCH PALAYAM