Charles Correa’s work immortal in Kerala


Parumala ChurchTwo works in Kerala of renowned architect Charles Correa, who died in Mumbai on Tuesday night, that have enthralled many, will remain immortal.

Visitors to Kovalam cherish the memories of the beach and enjoy the breathtaking view of the 183-room Leela Kovalam, a five-star hotel that’s perched on a peak overlooking the sea.

Correa had designed this hotel, was originally built for the India Tourism Development Corporation during 1969-74 and is an architectural marvel till date.

“Correa will certainly live in the minds of all especially those related closely with architecture,” said J.Jayakumar, a practising architect and principal of the College of Architecture in Kerala.

Charles Correa
Charles Correa

The second hugely popular architecture is the Parumala Church located near Thiruvalla about 120 km from here belongs to the Malankara Orthodox Church, that was completed in the year 2000. This church seating more than 2,000 worshippers reflects the history, tradition and culture of a conventional Indian church.

The church is circular in design and has an inner diameter of 39 meters.