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.

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 🙂

Kerala’s Pretty-Postcard Picture Perfect Chalakudi River

The beautifully green, green Chalakudy river near to the Chalakudy town in Thrissur District, Kerala, depleted of its water thanks to the summer, but still looking stunningly beautiful. Typical of all rivers in Kerala and any river in tropical regions, this one too has vegetation covering its banks, reaching out towards the water with everything clearly reflecting on it, making the river appear green. The Chalakudy River is one of the most beautiful rivers in the state. The Athirappally and Vazhachal waterfalls are situated on this river. It is technically a tributary of the Periyar, and its lower stretches are substantially polluted. However, here it is still pristine. It originates in the Anamala hills on the Kerala – Tamil Nadu border and flows 142 km all the way through Palakkad, Thrissur and Ernakulam districts. Not sure if the river is named after the town or vice versa. Picture taken from a train. Location:

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, 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 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 river is closely tied with Kerala and her culture from ancient ages. Shot from a railway bridge. This is the location.

The Green Green Meenachil River near Kottayam

The Meenachil River in South Kerala near Kottayam. More stream than river by national standards, it is still one of the district’s most important rivers. The flora on the shoreline hugs the river, framing it and lending it that beautiful green shade. All this is ubiquitous of all rivers in the state. The Meenachil is one of the 44 rivers of Kerala. This photo was shot from a train.