Kerala

Palm fringed waters in Kuttanad in Kerala in the evening

Golden Sunset at Kuttanad in Kerala

On a calm and lovely evening, a golden sun sets over the famed backwaters in Kuttanad in Kerala. Kuttanad in Alappuzha (Alleppey) district is the location of most of the famed backwaters of Kerala, accentuating the natural beauty of the region. This photo is from one end of those backwaters near Kavalam. A row of coconut palm trees stand on ...

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Interiors of the Lulu Mall in Ernakulam Kerala

Interiors of the Lulu Mall, Ernakulam.

A picture of the interiors of the Lulu International Shopping Mall at Idapalli, Ernakulam, Kerala, as seen towards the entrance. This is the second largest shopping mall in India by size. The mall is owned by the EMKE Group headquartered at Abu Dhabi, UAE. Lulu Mall Ernakulam is one of the most luxurious, appointed and well-laid out malls I have ...

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Traffic Rules Written in Malayalam

Obey Traffic Rules! By Order, Kerala Police

The most basic traffic rules written in Malayalam hang from a traffic signal post at Kalady junction on the MC Road in Kerala. (Traffic signals are called just “traffic” in Kerala. So what is traffic actually called? A “block”. Yeah we are complicated. The rules written are as follows: Don’t drink and drive. Always wear seatbelts. Do not overtake from ...

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Kerala Government Boat cruising along backwaters

A KSWTC Boat Cruises Along the Backwaters at Dusk

As dusk falls after the sun had set, a ferry service boat of the Kerala State Water Transportation Corporation (KSWTC) cruises along a picturesque backwater channel near Kavalam in Alappuzha district, Kerala. KSWTC is the poor brother of the KSRTC (which is not rich in any way though) and caters to the local populace living around the waterways of Kuttanad, ...

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A photo of the MC Road in Kerala

The MC Road Framed by Walls of Greenery

The Main Central Road (MC Road) in Kerala connects the state capital Thiruvananthapuram with central Travancore districts, ending at Angamaly in Ernakulam district. The road was built by Raja Kesavadas, the erstwhile Diwan of Travancore. The road passes through mountainous terrain, heavily populated in pockets. Here the road is seen in Kottayam district, flanked by walls of greenery on all ...

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Aluva (Periyar) River at Dusk

The Blue Periyar River at Aluva at Dusk

As dusk was falling, the blue Periyar river flows silently past Aluva in all her glassy majesty. Aluva is Ernakulam/Kochi’s most important suburb which is slowly getting integrated into the city. Facing us in the distance is the famous Aluva Manappuram where thousands of people congregate during Sivaratri to do “pithrutharppanam” or “Bali tharappanam” to honor their ancestors. The Periyar ...

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