The Full-Flowing Bharathapuzha River During the Monsoon

The Bharathapuzha river, the longest flowing river in Kerala flows (almost) to the brim all muddy and swirling amidst heavy rains during the Monsoons in June 2015. The river, known poetically as the Nila in Malayalam, has shaped the culture and ways of life of Valluvanadu (southern Malabar). But the Nila is in dire straits today, victim of human greed. Indiscriminate sand mining has eroded the river and is killing it. What looks like a patch of grass in the middle is actually a mini forest-sized group of tall shrubs growing on an embankment in the middle of the river, showing how much the river has been mauled and raped to satisfy the need for human “development”. However, nature stuck back and has leveled it once again! Taken from the Shoranur railway bridge.

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.

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…

Green Fields and Blue Skies – The Typical Rural Kerala Setting

Big blue skies, green waterlogged fields, and a canal ringed by green trees on the horizon, bisected by a road running through the field. The typical rural Kerala setting. The incredible blueness of the skies that day was especially mind blowing! The now waterlogged paddy fields are being used by people to rear ducks during the monsoon. Not mentioning what place this this, as it would do good not to be besieged by tourists. Though some people might recognize this. Hint: A famous engineering college in Kottayam district.

Nature’s Mirror: The Serene Blue Muvattupuzha River at Dawn

The clam waters full up to the banks of the Muvattupuzha river of central Kerala lie like a corrugated mirror reflecting the vegetation on its banks, the clouds and sky of the early morning in a blue-and-yellow haze as upstream a light mist hangs over the bridge. This photo was taken early morning from a train as it passed over the bridge just before the Piravam Road station on the Ernakulam – Kottayam section of the Trivandrum division, Southern Railway. The Muvattupuzha river flows through much of Ernakulam district and a bit of Kottayam district. It passes through much beautiful locales, the banks of the river for much of its stretch have been declared a heritage project. This is how Mother Nature looks herself in the mirror every morning 🙂

The Cute Little Chalakudy KSRTC Bus Station

View of the little KSRTC bus station cum sub-depot at Chalakudy (code: CLDY) in Thrissur district, Kerala. Seen are three ordinary buses waiting for their departure, two white-blue Venad buses and an old TATA make Ordinary bus. A Superfast is leaving the station. It provides the typical little sub-urban KSRTC bus station setting seen in Kerala, complete with the little “pettikada” selling all kinds of knick-knacks.