A riot of colors makes the sky above the Ashtamudi lake backwaters near Kollam in South Kerala appear like the canvas of a beautiful oil painting, the sky being God’s canvas. The picture shows the typical idyllic picture postcard perfect Kerala setting: palm fringed shores, lazily lapping waves, a boatman or two on the water. The picture was taken from a running train on the Ashtamudi railway bridge just after sunset when the sky is usually even more spectacular than during the actual sunset. The Ashtamudi lake is the most visited backwater in Kerala and a major tourist attraction in Kerala. Merry Christmas!
Two of Kerala’s main tourist attractions, the beauty of its backwaters and houseboat vacations come together with the Vembanad Lake shining all sapphire blue dotted by houseboats on a very hot day under impossibly blue skies, with the little emerald green island with its coconut trees standing in sharp contrast to the blue above and below. Paradise is this! Pay a visit to God’s Own Country when you can, to unwind and leave all your troubles ashore! The location is just off the “finishing point” at Alappuzha (Alleppey).
A strip of land in the distance lined by coconut trees looking like little fuzzy tops perched on toothpicks stuck in the land separates the vast expanses of the calm waters of the Edava Nadayara Kayal (lake) from the Arabian Sea. This beautiful natural scene is from Kappil in Kollam district in Kerala, where the lake forms part of Kerala’s famous backwaters. The Kappil – Thekumbhagom road runs on the strip of land, providing backdrops to spectacular scenic beauty. The photo was taken on an overcast and dark afternoon to the backdrop of a substantial drizzle, from the 12082 Jan Shatabdi Express when passing over the railway bridge on the lake.
The map below shows the location of the strip of land and the railway bridge adjacent to it at Edava.
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 a fringe of land (varambu) between two water bodies, their reflections playing on the water painted gold by the sunset. The cheapest way to enjoy these backwaters is by the government boat service.
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, the mind-blowingly beautiful region of the famous backwaters of Kerala, for whom boats and waterways are the primary means of transport and not roads. Not as glamorous as houseboats but these dilapidated boats are the cheapest way of enjoying the backwaters of Kuttanad. You can board these from Alappuzha to Changanasserry and back.
The blue-green waters of the Ashtamudi Lake in Kerala lie calm and serene as the reflect the clouds which hover far above them in the sky on this balmy afternoon. This is the farthest Southern part of the lake near the Kollam – Thenkasi National Highway 5 kilometers out of Kollam city. Thickly vegetated and palm fringed fingers of land extend into the lake, typical of Kerala backwaters. The Ashtamudi Lake is one of the tourist hotspots of Kerala, a shining example of Kerala’s natural beauty. It is one of the locations not fully utilized by the Kerala Tourism department. It is also a bio-diversity hotspot.