Ernakulam’s Orange Hunk Hauls the Garib Rath on the Konkan Railway

Ernakulam ERS diesel loco shed’s Diesel Locomotive WDM3A #14046, one of ERS most trusted and oldest workhorses blasts past Anjani on the Konkan Railway with the 12202 Trivandrum Kochuveli – Mumbai Kurla LTT Garib Rath in tow. The orange-cream-orange livery of the Ernakulam hunk contrasts nicely with the green of the Garib Rath, the stunning green of the Konkan and the bright deep blue of the early morning sky. You can see the flagman waving his green flag at the orange hunk as it rushes by (Look how small he is in front of the locomotive!). Anjani is in Maharashtra nearer to Panvel and is one of Konkan’s most beautiful stations.

Kerala is not Just About the Greenery, it is About the Blues too.

Blue sky, blue horizon, blue lake and a houseboat. Surrounded by a deep blue as far as the eye can see, a houseboat sways gently on the waters of the Punnamada (Vembanad) Lake in Kuttanad, Alappuzha district, Kerala, whose shores are also shrouded in a deep blue at the horizon. This beautiful setting is at the heart of what is called the Kerala Backwaters, famous for its houseboat cruises which make up the bulk of Kerala tourism these days. It was midday, the sun up in a spotless, cloudless blue sky stretching a brilliant blue from horizon to horizon, the water calm and blue, dotted with houseboats in every direction. This is one such houseboat. No two houseboats are same, and this particular one seems to be specially designed for those who want to sleep 🙂

A Hill, A Toll Plaza and a Glorious Tamil Nadu Highway

The twin roofs of the TNDK Toll Plaza in Karur district, Tamil Nadu, perfectly frames the Vadamalai hill seen in the distance against a blue sky, making it look like the hill is perched atop of the plaza, the lines of the roof perfectly flowing into the contours of the hill. The location is given in the map below, between Karur and Namakkal on the national highway NH7 in central Tamil Nadu, the hill seen under the “G” of ‘Google’. The highway is out of this world, butter smooth and the best part, empty! Makes for a glorious drive any time of the year! Bliss is this!

A Winding Road Among Tea Estates in Kerala

A stunning view of the Elappara – Vagamon road winding like a grey necklace among emerald green tea estates in the high ranges of Kerala, in the Idukki district. This place is called Elappara, literally meaning “Cardamom rock” after the spice grown here. The scenery and beauty of this entire area is breathtaking, often wrapped up in mist even during day time with the narrow road barely passable, though a busy bus route. The high ranges of Kerala, where the Western Ghats span all of Idukki and parts of Kottayam, Pathanamthitta and Ernakulam districts is among the unknown and mostly unspoilt areas by tourism in the state. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that it is one of the most beautiful places on earth 🙂 I can proudly say that I hail from the foothills of the highranges.

The location of the view seen here is given below. The photo was taken from the road above it.

Parallel Tracks at the Quaint Carmelaram Station

The Platform and parallel tracks at the little Carmelaram (code: CLRM) Railway Station on Sarjapur Road, Bangalore on the Bangalore – Hosur – Salem line. The station is fairly new, and four express trains stop here every day. The little station has only one box-like building and floor-level platforms and no overbridge. But it is beautiful and scenic, set in the midst of greenery and trees, only 3 km away from the bustling Wipro Commercial office and the Doddakanelli and Kaikondrahalli residential areas chock-a-bloc with apartments. Still, not many people know about this station which has potential to be developed along the likes of Krishnarajapuram.