The “Grand” Velankanni Railway Station

The railway station building at Velankanni, Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu. Velankanni is famous as a Christian pilgrimage center and the station building reflects the Gothic style architecture used when building churches. The station is relatively new, only three years old and is the end point of a small 10 km spur from Nagapattinam Junction. Only one daily express train to Chennai (of four coaches) and one weekly express train to Vasco, Goa via Bangalore service the station, in addition to 4 pairs of daily passenger trains to Nagapattinam and Karaikal. Velankanni is part of the Kaveri delta region of Tamil Nadu.

The Distant Suranganaru Water Falls, Theni District

In the far distance, a silver sheet of water cascades from a steep mountain face topped by clouds and fronted by a round green hillock. This scene is  from the Theni – Kottayam highway after Gudalur in Theni district Tamil Nadu, the Suranganaru waterfalls. The plains surrounded on three side by mountains from where the photo was taken is in Tamil Nadu while the mountains of the Western Ghats seen here are in Kerala (but the mountain face is in Tamil Nadu). The mountain face is part of the sudden eastern limits of the Western Ghats which abruptly rise a 1000 meters from the plains. On top of the mountain is Chellarkovil from where the falls originate. The crops in the foreground are grapes and the greenery seen all around is thanks to water from the Mullaperiyar dam. This place with its stunning natural beauty is set with a unique history going back several centuries.

A Very Short Goods Train Passes Through Rural Tamil Nadu

Golden Rock (Trichy) shed’s EMD WDG4 #12871 hauls a relatively short rake of BCNA wagons across a typical setting of the rustic beauty of the rural Tamil Nadu countryside, just before it was about to pass under a road overbridge on the National Highway NH7 at Jambuthuraikottai, J Mettur, Dindigul District in Tamil Nadu, near Kodaikanal Road Railway Station. The rail line is the Madurai – Dindigul section of the Madurai – Chennai main trunk line. The section is double line electrified but the other track runs at some distance away. The spot makes an awesome railfanning spot where you can nicely spot full-length trains, if you can stand the sound of trucks rumbling across the bridge 🙂 Also, this was the 300th fottam!

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!

The Under-Renovation NH47 Highway near Coimbatore

The Walayar – Coimbatore part of the Palakkad – Coimbatore section of the National Highway 47 (new number NH 744) which runs from Kanyakumari to Salem via Kerala. Half-finished flyovers and overbridges dot the stretch of the two-lane road marred by potholes and twists and turns which is such a contrast from the awesome three-lane highways of the rest of Tamil Nadu. The area though presents spectacular scenery against the backdrops of the Western Ghat hills of the Palakkad Gap. Those structures in between belong to some factory of some sort.

Unspoilt Rocky Hill Stands Tall near Patchur

A rocky outcropping bedecked with green shrubs and some trees rises tall against the bright blue morning sky on the Jolarpettai – Bangalore railway line towards Bangalore. This deserted place is between the Patchur and Mulanur stations after the line splits into two around the hills, close to the Tamil Nadu – Andhra Pradesh border in Vellore district of TN. This is nature unspoilt by humans and the air is clean, fresh and wonderful, despite being located on one of the busiest railway lines in India. This hill is part of a geographical feature of the area where there exists lots of small rocky hills like these. These rocks must be quite ancient and the result of a Lava flow in the ancient past.