Rain falls in sheets during the Kerala monsoon and all the flora around: the baby mango tree on the left side with its leaves glistening with rain water, the something tree on the right and the jackfruit and coconut trees in the background, all are only too happy about it! 🙂 This photograph was taken in HDR mode and you can clearly see the streaks of rain drops falling! Doesn’t it look like a painting? I think it does 🙂
Kerala Urban Road Transport Corporation (KURTC) is a newly formed subsidiary corporation of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) to run city and moffussil bus services throughtout Kerala. For this a large number of buses were acquired under the JnNURM scheme, including a sizable number of Volvos. Here are seen two of them, Volvo B7RLE built city buses at the Vyttila Mobiliy Hub at Ernakulam at 2030 hours at night, running services to Kottayam and Alappuzha respectively. JN337 was running Ernakulam – Kottayam and JN369 was running Ernalkulam – Alappuzha (Alleppy). It was raining heavily providing a nice touch to the buses.
The Periyar river flows around an island at Kalady in south-central Kerala. The rain is falling on the river and all around as the darkened skies clear the decks for another of the epic Kerala rains. It seems to be late in the evening even though it is only 1.45 pm. The photo was taken from the creaking Sree Sankaracharya bridge which carries the MC Road across the Periyar, looking east towards the far-away mountains where the river originates, in the remote reaches of the mountainous Idukki district of Kerala which lies across the Western Ghats. The white structure to the left of the picture is Sree Sankaracharya’s birth place.
The Periyar is the second longest river in Kerala after the Bharathapuzha and historically probably the single-most important entity in the history of the state. The Periyar formed and shaped the culture of South-Central Kerala. It created the ancient port of Muziris which attracted traders from Arabia to Rome to the shores of Kerala, and then destroyed it by flooding it in 1581. The result was Kochi. She held off Tipu’s armies from conquering Travancore and formed the boundary between the Kochi and Travancore states. The Idukki Hydroelectric project which supplies power to all of Kerala is located on the Periyar, as is the notorious Mullaperiyar dam.
The Periyar was once a powerful force of nature has been tamed to an extent and is today only a shadow of her former self. But she is only sleeping, and her fury as the port and city-destroyer will be unmatched if she decided to wake up.
A small village road or “nattuvzahi” in rural Kerala, after the rains were long gone the sun shining out on the wet landscape and the muddy water still lying around as a remainder… The greenery is omnipresent, growing where it wants to grow 🙂
Rains fall in sheets like spray over a green carpet, formed by moss and water hyacinths over a marshy water body outside Kottayam, Kerala. The plantains standing guard over the carpet nod their heads in agreement as trees look on in the distance. A typical scene from Kerala during the monsoons.
KPN’s Volvo B9R Multi-Axle stands on the wet and shiny tarmac at Vyttila, Ernakulam, after a long trip from Bangalore, soaking in the wonderful Kerala rain on a wet and cold morning the wettest this year. Very comfortable bus and very sensible driving. Also, check the reflection of the bus on a tarmac.