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From the Himalayan Kingdom

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.

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Scotland of India

Coorg, officially called Kodagu, is one of the most sought-after hill stations of Karnataka. Coorg landscape is mountainous and stays misty throughout the year. It is nicknamed the ‘Scotland of India’.

Undulating hills covered in lush green forests, valleys and the streams cutting right through them offer stunning scenic beauty. Coffee plantations, tea gardens and orange groves add to the charm of Coorg.

It is the place to be for all nature lovers. It also stands as a popular destination because of its Kodava culture.

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Berkeley Marina bay view
Berkeley is a city on the east coast of San Francisco Bay, California. It is named after the 18th-century Irish bishop and philosopher George Berkeley.
Berkeley Marina is the westernmost portion of the city. The beautiful area with walking and cycling path is a great attraction for residents as well as tourists. It offers great view of the Golden Gate Bridge and on a cloudless day an awesome view of the sunset!!

See it here.

These are evening scenes from Berkeley Marina. First picture is taken from the walkers’ path of the Marina and the next two, from the old pier (seen in the first image).

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Princess of Hill stations

Kodaikanal, the Princess of Hill stations, is located in the Palani Hills (Western Ghats) of Tamil Nadu in South India. The hill station was developed in the latter part of 18th century by American Christian missionaries and British bureaucrats.
Thickly wooded hills, mighty rocks, creeks and waterfalls, meadows and narrow forest paths delight visitors and nature lovers.
Gardens and wild flowers adorn the slopes of Kodaikanal.

The unique event of blossoming of Kurinji flowers that happens only once in 12 years makes the entire mountainous landscape purplish blue, undoubtedly a spellbinding sight in Kodaikanal!!

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Costal Landscape of Santa Cruz

Are these landscape pictures or seascape? Let us say, ‘Costal landscape’.

These shots were captured near Natural Bridges State Beach and Park, Santa Cruz, California. Natural Bridges State Beach is named for the Natural arch in the huge rock located in the shore break here. This is one of the most photographed beach icons in the state of California.

The coastline is characterized by Ice plant-blanketed (a succulent) cliffs, sandy coves, and rocky marine terraces.
Birds congregate on these rocks for rest and hunting for prey.

The rock in the picture shows a sideview of the Natural arch.

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A Glimpse of Sri Lanka

Nuwara Eliya is the tea-producing highlands of Sri Lanka.
The British officials of the erstwhile Ceylon settled in this picturesque land and developed townships as the climate suited them with cold and misty temperate ambience.

The landscape is so beautiful with lush green tea gardens, many waterfalls and thick forests.

Nuwara Eliya means “City on the plain (table land)” or “City of light”.

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Tea gardens

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Puna Ella Falls

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Ramboda Falls

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Queen of the Nilgiris

The Blue Mountains (Nilgiris) have always been shrouded in mysticism, and Ooty, the Queen of Hill stations, is no exception to that.

Ooty is a hill station in the State of Tamil Nadu, India, that is nestled amidst the Nilgiri hills and serves as a very popular tourist destination for anyone looking for a picturesque place to relax and unwind.

The pictures show Pykara River and two other views of Ooty.

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From God’s Own Country!

Starting a new series, based on the theme ‘Landscape’.

“When you are with a landscape, there is no need to speak, but simply to listen, to perceive, to feel.”

The first post in this series is from my village, in the State of Kerala, India.
River Periyar and one of its distributaries; hope you will enjoy the countryside scenes of God’s Own Country!!

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