The Dubai Marina at its Northern End

A view of the Dubai Marina from the outlet towards the Palm Jumeirah and the Arabian Gulf beyond. Immaculately clean, unbelievably pristine and planned down to the minutest detail with not a brick out of place, the Dubai Marina is the “poshest” part of Dubai and among the poshest of the world. It is an artificial waterway of blue, aquamarine and topaz waters, where rich people from around the world park their yachts (you can also hire yachts) surrounded by skyscrapers offering uber-luxury housing and office spaces, with very exclusive restaurants and shopping areas. You will wonder if all that what you see is real. The two towers on the left are Al Murjan and Al Mesk.

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 Lovely Kuttanad Evening in a Typical Kerala Backwater Setting

Kuttanad, that part of Kerala in Alappuzha (Alleppy) world-famous for its backwaters. This is the “backbone” of those backwaters, the Pampa river lazily cutting though its center at Chennemkari in a typical Kerala backwater setting: A wide expanse of clear water flanked by palm-tree fringed banks, reflecting off the lazily flowing water. Taken at water level from a small “shuttle” boat used to cross the river by the local people. Two houseboats can be seen in the distance.

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 Ashtamudi Lake in all her Glory!

The waters of the Ashtamudi Lake calmly lap at the shore near Randaam Kutty off the Kollam – Thenkasi National Highway NH 744 (formerly NH 208) in Kerala. This is the extreme southern end of the southernmost arm of the lake, which is the second largest wetland ecosystem in Kerala and the mainstay of the Kollam district. The lake, shaped like a palmtree extends inwards from the Arabian sea for around 20 kilometers and covers 1,700 square kilometers in area. Needless to say, the Ashtamudi Kayal presents some of the most beautiful sceneries in Kerala and is one of its hottest tourist spots with resorts, houseboats et al galore.