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 🙂

Aluva Puzha, Aluva Sky, Aluva Manappuram…

Blue everywhere during early morning as one end of the Aluva Manappuram, where the mighty Periyar river splits into two flows along calm and composed in the morning, as its banks are seen as apit of green between the blue sky and the blue river… The famous Aluva Manappuram Mahadeva Temple (Shiva Temple) can be seen along with the “Manappuram Kadathu”. Aluva Manappuram and its surroundings are steeped in Kerala culture and history as locations for the annual “Balitharppanam” and also of the historic Mamankam festival and many wars. It was the spot where many ancient and medieval kingdoms flexed their muscles of power and where much blood had been spilled, now lies silent and contended… Note the reflection of the apartment highrise in the water.

The Faraway Strip of Land Separates a Backwater from the Sea

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 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.

Be Very Afraid… The WAP4 is on the Prowl!

Royapuram’s WAP4 #22774 slowly moves towards Ernakulam Town after leaving Ernakulam Jn with the 12076 Thiruvananthpuram – Kozhikode Jan Shatabdi Express, past the lush greenery of Ernakulam outer. Like a tiger prowling through the grass, stalking it’s prey…