University College of Engineering, Karyavattom
‘Himavathy Kulam,' College ground
Where it's at: Himavathy Kulam is at the far end of the campus while the ground is next to the Distance Education building
Rush hour: All through the day
What is to love: Love for nature is a ‘weakness' for students of the University College of Engineering, Karyavattam. But their ‘passion' for greenery and nature sometimes creates problems, they complain. It is because their love for nature motivates them to bunk classes and hang out under the canopy of the trees. This campus is also blessed with sprawling cashew trees and a garden. Since the College is located in the heart of the vast Kerala University campus, it is difficult to list the number of hangouts.
Despite their hectic schedules, Pravin Thomas says he can't miss his visits to ‘Himavathy Kulam,' the most popular ‘haunt' on the campus.
“It is a tiny pond located at the far end of the campus. We have to travel around 200 metres through a forest-like area to reach the place. The pond is surrounded by verdant greenery. One would never imagine that such a secluded place exists on the busy campus,” he adds.
“‘Himavathy' is packed with groups of students all during the class hours,” he says. But his classmate Faizal M.P. goes for places that are close to the college. “My favourite is the college ground located near the building housing the department of Distance Education. The college ground gives us a view of the whole college.”
Rahul Chandran chooses the ‘Sarovaram' garden, near the main entrance, as the place for sessions of ‘combined study' (a.k.a. chat sessions). While Shabeer M.B. goes for the ‘smokers' corner' near the college canteen, which comprises a half-wall and a tiny shop, Mukesh M.T. is an all-time fan of the cashew trees in front of the Manuscript Library on the campus.
What is not to love: Although the campus is an abode of lush greenery, the students complain that many trees are being axed in the name of the National Science Congress scheduled to be held on the campus.
“It is really sad to see our campus being ravaged. The greenery and the space are the key assets of this campus,” says Faisal.
Althaf Mushood says that he is scared of the large number of creepy crawlies on the campus.
Alternative: A rented house at Karyavattam Junction is their favorite den after college hours. It is followed closely by Kanavil bakery and all affordable eateries nearby.