Trees and vegetation blur away as Kerala State Road Transport Corporation’s RNE511 Fast Passenger bus of the Kumily depot blasts around one of the numerous corners on the Kottayam – Kumily Road (KK Road) as it approaches Vandiperiyar near Kumily on its long journey from Kottayam to Balapillacity via Kumily and Kambammettu. This is an epic highrange route coursing through much of Idukki district’s hilly terrain. The Ashok Leyland bus is running one of KSRTC’s newest services which was taken over from the private operator Kondody Motors. Note how even on this sharp turn the bus stays perfectly inside the continuous white line! This is how driving has to be, and not cutting across the line on corners as most people in India do. If you try those stunts on highrange roads you might end up under some other wheels… Tried a bit of camera panning from a moving vehicle. I was in another KSRTC Fast, the Ernakulam – Kottayam – Kumily – Thekkady FP which was chasing down and finally overtook this one.
A Tamil Nadu Government-owned State Express Transport Corporation (SETC) “Ultra-Deluxe” bus on its way from Changanasserry in Kerala to Chennai via Kottayam, Kumaly, Kambam, Theni, Dindigul, Tiruchchi, Perambalur, Villupuram and Tindivanam. Leaves Changanaserry at 1500, Kottayam at 1530, Kumily at 2030 (yeah, 5 hours for 100 km!), reaches Chennai at around 8 in the morning. Very, very slow, crawling and underpowered. SETC operates long-distance and “luxury” service buses in Tamil Naduwhile TNSTC operates ordinary and “non-luxury” services. By “luxury” they usually mean individual seats with push-back. The route number is 768 UD. Captured on the KK (Kottayam – Kumily) Road 7 km from Kottayam. A Kerala private bus to Manimala can be seen behind it. Captured while running, no cropping done.