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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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).
After a small break we started the return trip and I tried to capture something I missed in the morning.
For 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.
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.
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….
You can have a look at my first entry to the challenge here for 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.
It’s fever time in Kerala,not the monsoon time fever, but football fever 🙂
With the World cup Football in full swing in Brazil, Keralites are having sleepless nights, literally.
Being in the opposite side of the globe where the real action happens, Keralites have to watch matches staying awake through out the night.
Even though vast majority of Indians doesn’t follow Football, it’s something special for the people of this small southern state of India.
There are fans for almost all major teams, but I could see the team with most number of fans or followers is Argentina, which is my favorite team too 🙂
Let me share a few images taken near my home place which shows the passion of the people for this game.
As a second entry to this week’s photo challenge: contrast let me share an image of a brass oil lamp lit during a traditional temple festival in Kerala, India.
Sun was brightly shining but, this lamp has to be lit to drive away all the powers of evil or ignorance during the theyyam performance.
You can have a look at my first entry for Contrast, an image from the hill top temple of Devarayanadurga here, photo-challenge-contrast-play-of-light-and-shadows