The land of Kerala is located between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats. One of the distinctive features of Kerala is its backwaters. The mesmerising beauty of the backwater landscape must be seen to believe! The palm-fringed network of lagoons, lakes, rivers, and canals that run inland from the coast of Kerala forms the famed backwater landscape of God’s own country. These pictures give a glimpse of the backwaters of Alapuzha. The lush green landscape, diverse wildlife, and houses and villages that line the backwaters make a journey along these waterways seem like a journey through another world!
Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada of the United States. The area surrounding the lake is also referred to as Lake Tahoe, or simply Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is a major tourist attraction. Winter sports and the beautiful scenery are enjoyed by the tourists. During summer the delightful Emerald Bay is a sight to behold. These pictures were captured in South Lake Tahoe, on the California side. Scenic views of Emerald Bay and Tahoe beach are seen in these pictures. Fannette Island, located right in the middle of Emerald Bay is seen in the third picture, to the left.
Goa, the tiny state of India is famous for its beaches. The verdant landscape of this coastal region is exquisite and enthralling. These are pictures of certain coastal landscapes of Goa…. yes, not the famous beaches. The days were cloudy and rained intermittently. Captured these scenes whenever there was some sunshine. Enjoy the beauty of these secluded and picturesque coastal landscapes.
Today I will showcase a few beachscapes, each with different atmosphere, at different times of the day. Finding comfort and relaxation is ultimately where we all want to end up. Very few places are more fun and relaxing than the beach. Next time when you visit a beach, take a few moments and notice how it feels to have the breeze against your skin. Take a deep breath and then exhale slowly; aah…instant relaxation! A walk on the beach can be so soothing. The sound of the waves, fresh air, and endless sky make us happy and calm. These pictures are of some quiet beaches of Sri Lanka; backyard beaches of hotels.
When we think of Kerala, the first image that comes to our mind is the beautiful greenery of the State! This place is located around the west-flowing Chalakudy River of Kerala in the verdant Vazhachal Forest of Western Ghats. It is just 5 km from entrance of Athirappilly Falls. Although this spot is called Vazhachal Falls, it is not a waterfall in the true sense. The falls at Vazhachal are more of a continuous series of massive rapids present throughout the entire stretch of the river at Vazhachal. The river tumbles over huge boulders and rocks down a slope at this spot thus creating a profusion of foam and a waterfall-like impact. The unspoilt forest region provides a tranquil getaway from a busy city life!!
Yosemite (yo-SE-mea-tea) National Park is best known for its towering granite monoliths, deep valleys, waterfalls and ancient giant sequoias. The day I entered Yosemite it started snowing, that season’s first snowing. Looked like the visit was badly timed… but there was no option. For a person from the opposite part of the world this was an exciting experience! 😊 Couldn’t view the iconic monoliths. Managed a few shots of the landscape covered with the first snow of the season. It looked beautiful!! The first picture was captured just before snowing and then the spectacle unfolded!! The road was intermittently cleared by the agencies concerned.
‘Thusharagiri’ literally means ‘misty mountain’, a name given due to the snowy spray of water droplets of the waterfalls that surround the mountains like a misty blanket. Thusharagiri Falls is a scenic waterfall located in Kozhikode district, in my native state of Kerala, India. This is among the well-known tourist places of Wayanad and can be visited throughout the year, monsoon season being the best time. Surrounding the waterfalls are the evergreen forests of Western Ghats. The gurgling streams add to the pristine beauty of the place and the place is known as the ‘trekker’s paradise’. Thusharagiri falls is formed by the cascading Chalippuzha river.
Grand Canyon, located in the state of Arizona, USA, is often considered one of the Wonders of the World with visually overwhelming size and its intricate and colourful landscape. The awe-inspiring Grand Canyon is a deep gorge carved by the Colorado River through millions of years. We can see a unique combination of geological colours and erosional forms of landscape. These layered bands of red rock reveal millions of years of geological history. The Grand Canyon is a World Heritage Site. These photographs were taken from the South Rim of the Canyon.
The name Athirappally immediately brings the vision of the mighty falls of Kerala to the mind. It is formed by the Chalakudy River that originates in Anamalai ranges of Western Ghats. The beautiful river plunges here as Athirappally Falls. Nature is at its best here! The waterfalls is a favourite destination and it continues to attract many tourists year-round. The place is famous as cine location also. These scenes were captured during the lean season of the falls. When Chalakudy River swells during the monsoon season, Athirappally falls is a sight to behold!!
A small, landlocked country nestled deep in the Himalayas between India and China, Bhutan is characterized by steep mountains and deep valleys.
The pristine nature is so mesmerizing and awe-inspiring. Bhutan is a country for nature lovers… not forgetting the traditional art and architecture!
Druk Yul — the local name for Bhutan — means “Land of the Thunder Dragon”. Haa Valley is one of the most beautiful, and isolated areas in the kingdom, adorned with pristine alpine forests and tranquil mountain peaks. Three views of Haa valley are presented here.