Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Ooty Landscape



The Ooty landscape

Traditional Bamboo Raft - Kuruwadweep

Traditional way of crossing the river.

Tourists returning from the Kuruvadweep Island. Dweep in Sanskrit means island. Kuruva island is around 1000 acre evergreen forest. You need to cross the river Kabani to enter into the forest. Seen in the picture are tourists returning from the island on traditional raft made of bamboo. They have placed some ropes to help raftman to guide the raft. Watching the raftmen (people in the dark green dress) rowing the raft is a fun in itself.

Place: Kuruva Island, Wayanad, Kerala, India

Kochi (Cochin) driving tips #5

If you are driving in a street, watch out. Any pedestrian may cross the road overlooking your vehicle. People, in Kochi, while walking on the roads and even highways, expect car drivers to be careful. They expect that if they jump on the road, car will automatically stop in time.

Once, an old man put his hand on my moving car's bonnet, try to walk in front. It was a traffic jam situation and the guy was crossing the road. The speed of my car was around 10 kmph. I was lucky to notice the guy in time and apply the breaks as hard as I can. The guy behind me also did the same. Thanks to him. But he was not lucky enough. His car got hit on the rear by the vehicle behind him.

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