God’s Own Country

Flying over the state of Kerala in southern India, the visitor is struck by what seems to be an endless panoply of palm fronds blanketing the land. This dense spread of the coconut tree has come to represent Kerala’s topographic signature. It serves as our motif in the sequence of photographs below. Here in the groves, the implements and the rhythm of everyday Keralan life are disclosed. The monsoon rains lend to the scene their deep water-soaked colours.

Backwaters at Alappuzha, Kerala<br>5D, EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS

Backwaters at Alappuzha, Kerala
5D, EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS

 
Vishnu Temple in Achan Thuruthu, Kerala<br>5D, EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS

Vishnu temple in Achan Thuruthu, Kerala
5D, EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS

 
Life in the Valiyaparamba backwaters, Kerala<br>5D, EF 24-105L

Life in the Valiyaparamba backwaters, Kerala
5D, EF 24-105L

 
 
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  • mariya john - May 21, 2013 - 7:54 am

    Nice photography. Kerala is a God’s own country .ReplyCancel

  • Sarika - September 28, 2012 - 2:19 am

    Loved the last picture with people in the boat!ReplyCancel

  • Shubha - June 27, 2009 - 11:37 am

    Superb, Rajan! And the green in those photographs makes me long for the rains which sadly, seem to be giving us in the North, the dodge this year.ReplyCancel

  • prashanth - June 25, 2009 - 8:34 pm

    Sanjeev, they are on terra-firma, you forgot they are backwater keralites!ReplyCancel

  • Thaths - June 25, 2009 - 3:21 pm

    Were you moving or stationary when you took these photos? If you were moving… they are very sharp for having been shot from a moving object.ReplyCancel

  • Arun - June 25, 2009 - 3:06 pm

    God’s own country, but missing airconditioning 🙂

    The photographs transport me back to Kerala….ReplyCancel

  • jose - June 25, 2009 - 9:33 am

    Thank You Rajan. The pictures are truly beautiful. I liked the picture of the temple in the midst of the palms. So peaceful.ReplyCancel

  • Sanjeev - June 25, 2009 - 9:28 am

    Love the picture with ALL the passengers in the boat staring at you ! I have never seen so many people standing in a boat. Must have some special stabiliser.ReplyCancel

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