Monday, May 2, 2011

Picture Perfect Kerala: Part 1

I know that I digress from my fashion and make-up theme once in a while, but I believe anything beautiful must be shared. We visited Kerala last December with our family. We primarily visited 3 places - Munnar, Allepey and Kochi. My brother-in-law and I together took some 3000 photographs (I did not put an extra zero by mistake). I was supposed to actually choose the best 50 and put them in an album. But it was an impossible task to choose just 50 photos of such a beautiful place! Hence that project is yet to be completed! But here I am, atleast working through to complete the other project - sharing some snaps on my blog. I decided to break this in 2 parts so as to not give you an overdose of natural beauty. 

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The Overall Experience
Kerala is a very beautiful place with hills, tea-gardens, backwater and the old city charm. However, I felt it could get a little boring unless you're in a group or love taking photos or you're a poet/ writer or probably on a honeymoon. What I mean is it's definitely not a partying place, neither is there much to shop. It's all about natural beauty, uninterrupted relaxation and serenity. But since I was in a group and I love taking photographs, I had a great time!

Destination 1: Munnar
We landed at Kochi and headed straight to Munnar. This is the 'hill-station' of Kerala. And since I was in the middle of super chilly Delhi winters in Decemeber, hill-station made me think of an even colder place. So I packed some (you know my 'some') warm clothes, but they were mostly unused. Nevertheless, it wasn't called hill-station for nothing, it did have beautiful hills covered with tea plantations!

Munnar is very pretty with tea-gardens. The other places of tourist interest include a huge spice garden, Maattupatti Lake and a dam. The spice garden was expensive to buy spices from, but it did offer an exciting (?) elephant ride. And you can go for a boat ride near the lake (The activities per say).

Here's the view. Some snaps actually look like studio background, but they're real, courtesy not me but the place itself :). The pictures featuring me here have been taken by my brother-in-law who was exploring his newly acquired DSLR and also inspired me to put my non-DSLR, yet a good camera to some good use :)

The Studio View

The Tea Garden

The Landscape View
  
Pensive Mood

The Longest Morning Walk

The King of the Spice Garden

A Super Poisonous Plant in the Garden

My Love for Details

The Maattupatti Lake

The Joy Ride

Horses Taking a Break

My Random Photography

Do let me know what you think.
Breathtaking views of Allepey coming soon....

14 comments:

Glamorous Barbie ♥ said...

Doesnt it look like haeven..Its breathtakingly gorgeous!!Afterall its Gods own country...Btw its my native place too :)
amazingg pics.. waiting for allepy pics..

Asta said...

love it! I want to visit Goa and Kerala someday. Waiting for part 2.

love,
Asta
http://cactusandcucumber.blogspot.com/

Hungover on Fashion said...

It is coming in day...I myself can't wait to share them..

Poohkie said...

Truly God's own country! Gorgeous pics!!

Saga said...

Lovely pics!^^

Bonniela said...

I fell in love with Kerala the first time I visited. planned on another trip. Hasn't worked put but I really hope to visit again.
Your pictures have done justice to the place. amazing photography.
You go a nice blog.
Following right away! :)
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http://jitterbug-r.blogspot.com/

Nivedita said...

best pictures by the perfect photographer!!
The place itself is so beautiful!!! No wonder Kerala is called God's own country!!! I am now waiting for the part 2 of this. The photos are a treat Debaleena!! I wonder how I missed them!!!

Hungover on Fashion said...

thanks for the compliment on pictures (assuming they're for me too and not just the place ;)

PeachesandBlush said...

The pictures are amazing ! I think u should take a course in photography or something. If yr good at it then might as well pursue it..u always said u dont have a hobby..arre this is yr hobby!

Hungover on Fashion said...

@PnB: Thanks for the compliment..Ya I just edited my profile and added 'photography' as an area of interest :)

Anonymous said...

very nice pics..definitely high time for a dslr! expectations are high for part 2 :)

Sumitha said...

nice pics...i miss them!! :(

Sumitha said...

nice pics...i miss them!! :(

shuchita said...

all the pics are nice, we went there last year and I loved it except the journey from airport to munnar