Our visit to Kotalli near Kannur was one of the highlights of our stay in Kerala. The village was holding a two day Theyyam Festival and we visited both at night time and in daylight. The place was packed with people from the surrounding villages and the atmosphere was wonderful.
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I visited this shop next to the bus stop in Kattikulum, Wyanad, India after a misty morning walk as the sun streamed through the palm trees and the day started to warm up. On the walk I met a man taking his cow to pasture and school children setting out to catch the bus.
Rural India is delightful, especially at dawn when the world gradually comes to life at the start of a new day.
A second view of the steam engine of the Nilgiri Mountain Railway standing in the engine shed at Mettupalayam. On my next visit it would be good to experience the uphill journey into the mountains which the train takes at about 15 miles an hour up the rack sections.
The railway was built to the metre gauge by the British in 1908 and recently three new steam locomotives have been constructed to work the line so hopefully the sounds and smells of working steam engines will continue to echo through the hills of South India.
The Nilgiri Mountain Railway in Tamil Nadu is a part rack and pinion line owing to the ruling gradient of 1/25 and it runs from Mettupalayam through Coonoor to Udagamandalam. (Ooty)
At present the steam engines work the section from Mettupalayam to Coonoor with diesels taking the train up to the summit at Ooty. The line reaches an elevation of 7228 ft, climbing over 6000 ft through the Nigiri Hills.
This picture was taken on a November evening in 2013 in Mettupalayam after we had travelled down the route from Ooty. With the fading light, and the need to drive to Mysore, my snapping was done in a hurry. It’s an area that I would love to visit again, but at a more leisurely pace.