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Thursday, September 21, 2006,7:10 PM
PUNALUR-QUILON
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This is Punalur - Quilon section. These pictures were taken last year. Took a train from Sencottai 5.30 in the morning, goes through Tenmala and Punalur, I did not stop at Punalur, continued my journey till Quilon, now called Kollam. Ticket for this breath taking Journey is 19 rupees, less than 50 cents. Sencottai-Quilon.




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Had a cup of coffee at Punalur Railway station.
I posted a few pictures some where which I can't locate. I did not post these pictures because they were too dark, had to brighten them, it was pouring non stop and there were rain drops on the lens in most of the pictures. Early in the morning, heavy rain, I was hanging out of the train taking pictures, not a good idea and not good for your camera. I was just overwhelmed by the lush green landscape of Punalur - Quilon section. Where ever you turn your eyes it looked like a painting.


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The mountain section ended at Punalur and the train runs through the plains, it pickes up speed from here. It was cold windy and I was completely wet standing outside clicking pictures.


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Here the biggest regret was I was missing the landscpe of the other side of the train. It was a tough choice.


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24 Comments:


  • 2:07 AM, Anonymous freebird

    even though the images are shaked a lil bit, it has captured the rainy mood ... cool. Good ones.

     
  • 3:41 AM, Blogger Rauf

    Lot of shake in a meter guage train freebird

     
  • 6:35 AM, Anonymous ruth

    How much of the year is the rainy season, Rauf? I realize you love to chase the rain, so I am quite certain many of the images we will see from you are rainy. :) It makes for lovely saturated colors and interesting, lush views. And you know I love the colorful umbrellas always. And the raindrops.

     
  • 7:58 AM, Blogger Suji

    Thanx for posting these Rauf. Great pics! You have captured the mood of the rain. Very nostalgic for me because whenever we used to go there during the summer holidays it was rainy season there. I see that Auvaneeswaran is also well represented. :)

     
  • 1:56 PM, Blogger Rauf

    Ruth, this year rains started very early in Kerala, by the end of May and it is still raining. I went chasing rain in the beginning and the rain was chasing me after that. Dist. of Coorg Karnataka and Kerala roughly get four months of rain, Coorg is more imortant as the river Cauvery is the lifeline of state of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. I am in Rain starved city of chennai. end of september to November is monsoon time here but they often fail. We had good rain last year and good rains throughout India this year. Now we are expecting rains in my city. I started blogging last October with pictures of rain in the city.
    almost one year now. Not much improvement, I did not know what to write last year and I do not know what to write after one year.

     
  • 2:00 PM, Blogger Rauf

    Suji, the pictures are not good I'm afraid, It was pouring cats and dogs. Taking pictures is never my priority. Being there and enjoying the travel is what I love most. Such lovely landscape around your place Suji.

     
  • 9:31 AM, Anonymous ruth

    So if you include the monsoon season, about half the year is rainy. You are photographing what IS, and it is quite beautiful. I hope you are not apologizing, Rauf. I love the perspective in the rain, and because it is unique, I wanted to know more about it.

     
  • 4:01 PM, Blogger Rauf

    Ruth, I normally keep quiet when the rain gods are too kind. I enjoy the rain always, I have heard people cursing the rain. We expect the rain god to be kind, sometimes they are unkind or too kind. Kerala normally gets a fair share every year. But my state of Tamil Nadu goes dry two or three years in a row. Then come the much publicised rituals to make it rain. Offerings are made to gods (things get pretty rough up north, I have heard of even human sacrifices in the past - no proof, animal sacrifices are common) I am allergic to such gods who are pleased with such sacrifices.
    Some famous musicians with TV cameras go to some open place and play some Raagas (musical notes) I think it is called Raag 'megh malhaar'(Megha is rain or rain clouds). I have not seen the raagas working but musicians get good publicity. Not a good idea in my opinion, people start cursing them if it rains too much.
    Last year there were floods in Tamil Nadu, Big chunks of roads got washed away, Roads washed away ? What sort of a country is that?? you may wonder Ruth.
    Only in India, such things happen only in India.

     
  • 1:55 AM, Anonymous Ezee

    lovely train journey pictures. Long long trains and great monsoon dappled vista of the country side is a sight for the sore drought numbed eyes for many years.
    Great job

     
  • 11:05 PM, Anonymous Nadine and Ricardo

    mervelous travel, and very good pictures.
    It is reality

     
  • 1:00 AM, Blogger Rauf

    We had good rain last year EZEE123

     
  • 1:00 AM, Blogger Rauf

    Thank you Nadine and Ricardo

     
  • 5:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

    This is in TamilNadu..right? I recognize the script on the station board.

     
  • 5:39 PM, Blogger Rauf

    No Mystic Rose, this is Kerala but very close to Tamil Nadu Border.

     
  • 8:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

    the lush green is soul soothing...
    beautifully captured! loved it!

     
  • 4:54 AM, Blogger Rauf

    thank you Magiceye

     
  • 10:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

    welcome to kerala!!!!nothing like thz place when it is monsoon!!the dark clouds that adorn the skies...the streaks of lightening piercing the sky....the distant rumbling of the thunder...and the big drops of water.....the sweet smell of soil....the wet birds....the lush green coconut trees.....it is monsoon!!!!a new beginning!!!

     
  • 9:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

    HI rauf...So thanx for posting the pics of my home town punalur.I am so proud of punalur...'n rauf where r u frm...
    with regards alex

     
  • 9:31 PM, Blogger Rauf

    Hi ALEX
    Thanks for your visit
    you'll find more pictures
    HERE

    or copy paste this link
    http://whitesroad.blogspot.com/2006/09/eight-rupee-pleasure.html

    there are couple of other posts in DAYLIGHT AGAIN blog on Punalur, Thenmala

    By the way i am from Coorg but living in Chennai

     
  • 12:55 AM, Anonymous Mathew Joseph

    Thank you for these splendid pictures, it was pure nostalgia from my travel during my engg school days.

     
  • 1:45 AM, Blogger rauf

    Thank you Mathew Joseph
    kindly click HERE for the journey pictures on my main blog Daylight again

     
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  • 9:40 AM, Anonymous sandeep

    hey i am also frm punalur
    it is the best place in the world


    but a sad news for u all that this meter gauge is comming to an end and new broad gauge is proposed

     
  • 4:44 AM, Anonymous Sreejith

    hearty saying........its tooooooooocool..nice, wow..ente KERALAM......

     

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