Thursday, June 28, 2007

United Colors of Kerala

Jamster decided to get married, and some of us decided to use that as the perfect execuse to take a chill-pill. It didn't take a second to decide to bunk a day once we knew the marriage was in Kerala. Kerala impresses me everytime I go, and I have no idea why. It's probably the colors, the attire, the genuine bungalows that pop out of nowhere - shouting 'gulf money' all over, the terrain, and, ofcourse, the language and the way they speak English. I love Kerala!

We took the Chennai-Coimbatore-Palghat-Thrissur route. While waiting for an engine to pass... guess it was a moment of pleasure in the kid's life!
I don't know the name of this falls [It's en route to Vazhachal falls], but if you've watched the video of the famous Tam number 'Kaatre en Vaasal' from the movie Rhythm [or was it a different song?], you're home.

Wouldn't you just love being on the driver's seat? That's my friend's Blue Swift there.

The entrance gate en route to the Athirampally falls. You read that right!

The Athirampally, or Punnagai Mannan falls itself. I vaguely remember visiting the falls as part of the college tour, but I don't remember it to be half-interesting as it was now coz we were under watchful eyes then, which killed all the fun. Time and energy were the only things that we had this time around. We trekked down 300m to the bottom of the falls, and got this view. You'd most certainly think it's raining down there, but not to worry - the breeze carries the water droplets quite far that you think it's raining all over. You have to experience it to believe it.

The view from the top. I made the typical photographic mistake - not capturing an object of known size to project the real size of the waterfall.

United Colors of Kerala!

I don't know what this guy was trying to convey, but it was larger than life.

Here's the L&T Coimbatore Bypass, one of the best engineered roads in the country -just a couple of KMs from my home. If you love the fights between rubber and the tarmac, this is where you want to be.

We hit 150 kmph in our blue Swift, and came out astounded with the car's performance. The car felt solid at that speed, and we felt there was room for more. In fact, I think I averaged almost 110 kmph in the Bangalore-Chennai highway for about a couple of hours during the night-time, and didn't feel unsafe even for a single moment. Maruti Swift truly rocks for its price.

Until next time!


At Friday, June 29, 2007 9:45:00 AM, Blogger Ashwin said...

It's Nadhiye Nadhiye... grrr u aren't a true blue Tam :P

I think ur "don't know why" factor reg. Kerala has something to do with the babes :D

At Friday, June 29, 2007 12:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmmm...!!! Kerala has loads of fun except for the food...:-)

At Friday, June 29, 2007 7:29:00 PM, Blogger Govar said...

Ash: Hmm. that's why I mentioned that I wasn't sure! Abt the other part... hmm, comments reserved. :)

Kanagu: It's the difference in culture da. I guess one'll feel pretty much the same all over once one leaves the homestate.

At Saturday, June 30, 2007 8:29:00 AM, Blogger Arunkumar said...

awesome photos man... esp the one from the bottom of the falls.. loved it.. just for a moment,i imagined me being there !!!

150kmph is something that i go here very rarely.. amazing to hear swift is strong @ that speeds.. cool...

At Saturday, June 30, 2007 12:56:00 PM, Blogger Govar said...

@Arun: yeah, it was just amazing being there. Abt the speed limit... India has cattle on roads, but we got no speed limits too. :-P. Where are your Thalaivar photos?

At Saturday, July 21, 2007 12:55:00 AM, Blogger Bhaskar Sree said...

Should try the free-fall from the top!!

At Wednesday, November 28, 2012 2:18:00 PM, Blogger Kerala Tourism said...

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