The Vyttila Mobility Transportation Hub, Ernakulam

Photo of the Vyttila Mobility Transportation Hub, Ernakulam-Kochi, Kerala. This state-of-the-art public transportation hub features seamless inter-connectivity between bus, rail and water transport, a real multi-modal transportation hub modeled on the great mobility hubs of Europe. The Kochi Metro is under construction and the station will be located at the Vyttila Hub itself, enhancing seamless public transport connectivity. Currently it is the only major bus station which allows entry for both KSRTC and private buses in Kerala. The station is very clean and has restaurants, toilets and all public amenities, and features spacious amenities previously unheard of in Kerala.

Front View of KSRTC’s New “Silver Line Jet” Bus at Thrissur

One of Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC)’s new class of buses, named the “Silver Line Jet”. RPC 101 of Trivandrum depot was running the Thiruvanathapuram – Palakkad route and here it is at Thrissur bus station amidst drizzling rain and surrounded by other buses. These Ashok Leyland buses feature reclinable 2×2 seating, strictly limited stops (only 5 stops), free WiFi on board, window curtains and so on. There are five “Silver Line Jets” and all run within Kerala. These Silver Line Jets are actually the revival of a class of buses called “Lightning Express” that were run by KSRTC around 20 years ago.

A Bangalore Scene: An Elevated Metro Line, Some Autos and a Skyscraper

The “World Trade Center” Tower of the Brigade Gateway complex looms high up in the sky along with the Sheraton hotel building situated in the same complex. The Metro line towards Malleshwaram rises high up in the sky as autorickshaws seen like rats everywhere in the city cluster aroudn the area for no particular reason. Taken at Yeshwantpur railway station, just before where the Chord Road towards Rajajinagar and the Road towards Yeshwantpur and Malleshwaram split.

Over the Hills and Far Away… The Kerala Highrange Landscape

The blue hills loom in the distance stretching for as far as the eye can see, in the wee hours of the cold monsoon day at Peruvanthanam just after Mundakayam on the Kottayam – Kumily (KK Road), now the Kollam – Theni national highway no 183. The location is idukki district though the view will contain parts of Kottayam distraict also. The high ranges of Kerala, as the Western Ghats are popularly known in Kerala form almost all of Idukki district and are breathtakingly beautiful as they lie mysteriously shrouded in mist. The highranges are populated by hardy, no-nonsense people as life is harsh here, but the experience of traveling through these roads is mind blowing. Beyond the farthest hills shown here lie the waters of the Idukki Hydroelectric project, or the “Idukki Dam”.  I feel a personal connection to these hills, somehow for reasons I can’t explain…

The New Krishnarajapuram (KR Puram) Railway Station Building

The new Krishnarajapuram (KR Puram) railway station building entrance on Platform 4 facing the Ring Road,  a bit before the current “entrance” at the junction under the hanging bridge. Very discreetly SWR constructed this in a time span of 6 months, and will be the official main entrance to the station from now on. As of now the official station building is on the other side on PF1 facing a narrow and crowded street. KJM was once a quaint little station on the outskirts of the city where only a few passenger trains stopped, but with the growth of the city and the construction of the outer ring road, it is now a major railway station very much inside the city and one of its gateways where all trains stop and thousands of people pass through everyday, making the KR Puram Railway Station junction a notoriously massive traffic bottleneck, probably the biggest in the city. However, there is no parking space here nor space for autos and pedestrians and the approach road is too narrow! I hope they will solve all these problems. The current “entrance” at the ring road junction will will hopefully be closed once this is officially opened. Here is the location.