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!
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.
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.
Golden Rock (GOC) WDM2 Diesel Locomotive with fancy road number #16666 stands at Platform ‘1A’ at Kollam Junction Railway Station in Kerala, having brought in the Punalur – Kollam passenger train. The engine was built at Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), Varanasi, and is regularly used to haul passenger trains on the Kollam – Punalur branch route and occasionally on the Konkan. Note the wide window. Check out the sparklingly clean cabin of this WDM2 in this picture here.
A private bus named “Olympics” plying on the NH 744 near Kollam, Kerala. The bus is a city-suburban bus service, plying from Chavara to Perumpuzh via Neendakara, Chinnakkada (Kollam), Kareekode, Chandanathoppu and Keralapuram. The bus like all other private city services in Kerala is a body built on a truck chassis. But these private buses form a majority of public transportation in the state. This bus also has a history behind it as the route once belonged to an Olympian.
Calm waters of the Ashtmaudi Lake (Kayal) ripple along as coconut trees on a faraway spit of land look on serenely. This photo is of the southernmost branch arm of the eight-armed lake, the second largest wetland ecosystem in Kerala. The photo is from near Randam Kutti, (2nd Milestone), Kollam, one of the shining examples of the natural beauty of Kerala.