Doddabetta peak in the Nilgiris, is one of the favourite spots for tourists visiting Ooty. It is also a hotspot for birding. Because most of the birds of the area is found here. We visited the place once and hope to visit again exclusively for birding. [Continue reading…] “Doddabetta Peak in the Nilgiris – Ooty”
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary near Marayoor in Idukki is really a paradise for both bird and butterfly watchers. The sanctuary has a different type of ecosystem compared to other forests in Kerala. It consists of grasslands, rocks, dry deciduous and thorns. Since this sanctuary is on the eastern side of the Sahyadri mountains, it receives low annual rainfall. This is the reason behind the different ecosystem.
I had been to Chinnar many times. And I think the place is noteworthy for its diverse butterfly population. Below you can read about the different trekking options at Chinnar. Also, see the photos.
[Continue reading…] “Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary Trekking and Butterfly Watching”
Marayoor is a place at a distance of about 40 kilometers from Munnar – a major hill station in Idukki district of Kerala. Marayoor and its surrounding places are famous for Muniyara or Dolmens, the ancient megalithic structures which are believed to be from the Stone Age or late Neolithic Period. Until recently the importance of these structures were not recognized. As a result some of them even got destroyed. But after some excavations and studies were conducted to identify its historic significance, these are now preserved.
Here are some pictures and information I could collect during my visit to Marayoor and Chinnar. [Continue reading…] “Marayoor Muniyara or Dolmens”
Bekal Fort is a major tourist destination in Kasargod district of Kerala. I had visited the place last year, and here I am sharing the pictures and related information. [Continue reading…] “Bekal Fort – Kotta – in Kasargod”
Ever wished to be in the ambiance of a misty green forest? Then Pampadum Shola is such a place to experience it. [Continue reading…] “Pampadum Shola National Park – A Cool and Misty place in Sahyadri”
Nalumanikattu is a road side tourist attraction and recreational park in Kottayam district of Kerala. It is a good example of how a place can be used effectively in an eco-friendly manner.
Muzhappilangad Beach is in Kannur District of Kerala, and it is the only drive-in beach in Kerala. Kerala has many other famous beaches like Alappuzha, Kovalam and Veli, but one cannot drive there. [Continue reading…] “Muzhappilangad Beach – Kannur”
If you are looking to buy a budget lens for milky way photography, then Tokina 11-16mm lens is one of the best option for your APS-C or DX DSLR camera.
In this article I am sharing my experiences shooting the Milky Way with Tokina 11-16mm DX II lens. I have been using this lens for a while for both astrophotography and landscapes.
If you are going to buy your first astrophotography lens, then this article might help to clarify a few questions.
How much better is this lens compared to your normal kit lens…?
How bright is f/2.8 actually? What about f/3.5 or f/4?
Is it sharp enough…?
Let us try to answer these questions with a few examples.[Continue reading…] “Milky Way with Tokina 11-16 DX II”
The new Lightroom CC version which got released last week came with some new useful features. Panorama stitching can now be done inside lightroom itself, without exporting photos to Photoshop. I am not a frequent panorama shooter, but I feel the new feature comes in handy to create quick panoramas.
Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthina) once again bloomed in Munnar and a few other places. Now the flowering season is almost over. Here are few pictures from the side of Gap Road. [Continue reading…] “Neelakurinji Blooms Munnar 2014”
Summer rain here in Kerala is a good opportunity to photograph lightning, mainly the months of April and May. The photos were taken last May.
Last month we had a trip to Munnar, which offered a great opportunity to experience the natural beauty of Western Ghats again. The return was via Gap Road (Lockheart Gap), which is a part of NH 49 (connecting Kochi and Dhanushkodi via Madurai). Both sides of the road give amazing views – mountains, tea gardens, forests and so on. Here are some pictures from the trip…