Kerala State Road Transport Corporation’s (KSRTC) Ashok Leyland Viking bus RPK 127 Super Fast of the Muvattupuzha depot runs the daily service from Thiruvananthapuram to Muvattupuzha, here spotted on the abomination of a “highway” called the MC Road, just after Kottayam in Kerala. This service is famous for its aggressiveness and speed, as are most services from the Muvattupuzha depot. The sticker work seen on the front of the bus was done by the schedule drivers (Pratheesh Kumar and Sarish Thadathil) by paying from their own pockets! (as per Bus Passengers Muvattupuzha) The classic yellow and red “speed” livery stands unblemished by advertisements. It is sad that such a nice bus’ (and the passengers’) backs will be broken by the stupid road.
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation’s ordinary bus TS620 of Muvvattupuzha deport wheezing up the curves of the MC Road on its Muvvattupuzha – Kootthattukulam run which takes it entirly though hilly areas which the old, dusty, flaky, moldy (note the moss on its roof) 14 year old (1999 model) Ashok Leyland grandfather bus still manages to endure. This old warhorse must’ve started its life as a Superfast or Fast Passenger which is now condemned to lead life like this in the last few years of its life.
This design of KSRTC buses which was in vogue for several decades, now phased out and replaced with the more modern “straight lines” look, coupled with the elephants on KSRTC’s logo was what inspired the name “aana vandi” for KSRTC buses. This iconic aana vandi design is gradually disappearing from the roads as more of these buses are being scrapped. Note the epic ground clearance, the Army can put this bus to good use!
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation’s (KSRTC) Volvo B7RLE City bus JNK 37 stationed at Muvattupuzha KSRTC bus station on a very hot and sunny afternoon. JNK 37 would service route number 650 to Ernakulam from Muvattupuzha via Kolenchery. Volvo AC buses of the KSRTC are orange in color as opposed to red of the Bangalore ones. They are called “Low Floor AC” in Kerala rather than Volvo AC. Though the bus is a city bus, KSRTC runs them on medium intra-district routes as well. This is JNK 37. See JNK 38 here.
The very blue and very calm Muvattupuzha River serenely turns a bend just after the Piravom Road Railway Station on her way towards her destination north of Vaikom, near Poothotta, where she drains into the Vembanad Lake. The river also gives the name to the town and taluk of Muvattupuzha, Kerala, on the foot of the Western Ghats. When you translate “Muvattupuzha Aaru” into Malayalam, it literally turns out to be “Three River River River”.