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 🙂
The setting sun lights up an incredibly wide, expansive cloud bank, all cottony and fluffy from “behind”, highlighting it contours in a poetic golden hue late one evening. One set of raining clouds in the middle is completely lit up in the golden setting color of the sun! The rain falling of the cloud can be clearly seen as golden showers (not the kind you are thinking of, hehe). The size of the cloud banks can be judged by the coconut trees in the bottom right corner. Taken from a train at dusk near Velloor, Kottayam district, Kerala.
The majestic sun goes down over the distant hills in a blaze of furious white and yellow glory, painting the surroundings in a haze of orange and gold as huge high-tension electricity towers stand dwarfed on the foot of the hills silhouetted against the fury of the sunset. This scene is from the fields of central Karnataka just before Davangere where empty land so quiet and calm stretches out for kilometers as far as the eye can see. The sunset and the setting of this serene landscape presents an incredible feeling of tranquility that makes memories of the tiring city-dwelling life seem so far away…
The sun has set over the sea but the last rays remain… This beautiful sunset was captured on a calm, lovely evening over the serene waters of the Vembanad lake at Kochi harbor with boats bobbing in the foreground at the Marine Drive promenade, Ernakulam, Kerala. And today is Thiruvonam. Wishing everyone a very Happy Onam!
We have Tequila sunrises, then we have Mandya sunsets. The glorious view after the sun had set with its reflecting rays painting the sky gold. Taken with a Sony RX100 from the 56213 Chamarajanagar – Mysore – Bangalore – Tirupati Fast Passenger train just after Mandya on the Mysore – Bangalore railway line.