Weekly Photo Challenge: Orange, Theyyam Make Up

Thinking about Orange, the first thing that comes to my mind is “Theyyam”… and probably the only thing 🙂

Let me share an image of this incredible ritual dance from God’s Own Country, Kerala

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Orange you glad it’s photo challenge time?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

Temples of India provide great opportunities to fine tune our photography skills.

Seeing this week’s theme, I thought, let’s take it literally and dig deep in my archives for fitting images…

I am so glad to share the following images from three different states of South India, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra.

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Weekly Photo Challege: Twinkle

The unexpected December rains made everything looks so fresh and vibrant…

A morning stroll in the garden was so refreshing and given an opportunity to take some images for this week’s challenge.

The attempt to capture the wonders of nature was a realization that nothing is even remotely comparable to the wonderful camera created by nature itself, our eyes 🙂

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Budget Cruise in Pristine Kerala Backwaters

Around six hours of boat journey in the pristine backwaters of north Kerala, for less than a Dollar.

Would you take it?

All you need is, a day to spare.

Backwater_18I planned this journey many a times, but couldn’t make it, till yesterday.

I was free for the day and needed a story so badly. I called up the boat house for the schedule and came to know that, there is one starting at 10 am from “Kotti Jetty”, which is near Payyanur Railway station.

As usual, it was a race against time for me and a photo finish 🙂

Being a weekday, there was hardly anyone around and the boat crew (Five people) out numbered the passengers.

Backwater_1Backwater_2As the boat entered the backwater and traveled due south, the Ezhimala hills provided a perfect backdrop.

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Once it reached Thayyil Jetty, it reversed it’s direction and started the long journey northward following a  zig zag pattern across the width of the backwater.

Landscape looked monotonous on both the banks for the untrained eyes. But there was a unique ecosystem so alive and thriving.

Most of the passengers used the boat to cross the backwater as there was only one bridge connecting the mainland to Valiyaparamba (narrow strip of land sandwiched between the sea and backwater).

Backwater_3Backwater_15It was really interesting to just sit and watch people in action with a cool breeze on your face and thousand shades of green cooling your eyes and mind.

Backwater_7Backwater_14Backwater_17We reached “Ayitti” jetty, by 11.30 am and there was a break for lunch. 12.30 pm, we resumed our journey and reached the northern most point of the trip(Padanna) by 1.15 pm.

After a small break we started the return trip and I tried to capture something I missed in the morning.

Backwater_6Backwater_12Backwater_13Backwater_16For the final leg of the journey, I planned a little twist, and jumped off the boat on the other bank, near the beach. This is my favorite beach in the whole world, solely for the reason, that, you could find not even a single soul for kilometers in either direction.

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Backwater_20As the sun started to descend, I collected shells for my daughter and waited for the country boat to come.

It was a long wait, but in the lap of nature,  never a tiring one.

Suggestions on boat trip:

It’s always better to take the first three rows. Engine, being in the middle of the boat, causes quite some noise and vibration and it’s felt more in the rear seats.

Where to Have Food:

There is hardly any shop near the starting point (Kotti) and no option to buy anything on the way. There is a small hotel near the Ayitti boat office, which is 90 minutes away from the start. So, better take food and water along.

Where to Stay: You have some really good hotels to stay in Payyanur, the nearest town.

If you would like to finish the day, exploring the virgin beaches of valiyaparamba, and spend the night at one of the home stays, you have got some interesting options as well.

Best Time to Explore: For the boat journey it hardly matters, but, if you would like to have a great time at the beaches, it’s better to avoid the monsoon months (June to September). For mild temperatures and clear skies, you can plan for the winter months of December and January.

Boat Timing: Boat is scheduled to start from “Kotti” boat jetty at 6.30 AM, 10 AM and 4.15 AM.

If you are planning for a to and fro journey in a single boat, you can opt for the 10 AM one, which returns to the starting point by 4 PM.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers, Nature’s best kept secrets

There is no dearth of secrets in nature which only gets revealed at the perfect time.

When it gets unveiled, it becomes a pleasant surprise for humans who looks at them with the eyes of a kid.

On a sunny summer evening my cousin and I were lucky to witness a small drama in front of our eyes, luckily I had my camera and there it is, for you guys….

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This image is shared as part of the weekly photo challenge “Containers” and you could capture the real action getting unveiled in one of my previous post “There is a child in every one”.

You can have a look at my first entry to the challenge here for containers:Idangazhi

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers, Idangazhi

There are several traditional measuring utensils still popular in Kerala, one among them is Idangazhi which holds approximately one Kg of rice.

In the years gone by, rice was everything for Keralites, not just the source of food for all three meals, but it took the form of money to buy other things and pay for services rendered.

Rice for medicines and rice for fish… for all these measurements there existed smaller and bigger denominations of the measuring utensils too, called Uri, Nazhi, Idangazhi and Para.

Let me share an image, for the weekly challenge: Containers, where one Idangazhi rice was being given to a theyyam performer as a symbolic payment, though now a days everything is paid in paper cash.

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