Thekkady is located on the banks of Periyar lake – an artificial lake. Having spent our vacation in the non-tourist part of Kerala for the previous three days, the sudden increase in the tourist traffic (more of the white skinned) was a disappointment. Also, this place is right at the border between Kerala and Tamilnadu in Idukki district, Kerala, which makes it even more popular.

At Thekkady, there is an option of taking a two hour trek or a boat ride of the same duration. We took the early morning boat ride at 7 AM. The early morning mist, hovering few feet off the water surface gave a eerie touch to our boat ride.
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We were expecting to catch more activity from the birds at such an early time, which lead to some disappointment.

Cormorant family (open for corrections from the more well informed readers of this blog):
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Parent feeding its not so young offspring’s. In the snap we can see a single young cormorant sitting on the edge of the tree stump looking away from its source of food. This is probably because it may have been chucked out from the nest due to lack of space.

Dead tree stumps:
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Anhinga, Darter bird (my favourite bird). The Anhinga’s feathers are not waterproofed by oils like those of ducks, so it has to dry its wings this way before it can fly. Facing the Sun, soaking the early morning rays, it does seem that this bird is saluting the almighty Sun.
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more dead tree stumps.
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Silhouette of the Western ghats bordering this lake:
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Anoop Hullenahalli

An Electronics Engineer working on wireless embedded systems for a living. Traveling, photographing and sharing my experiences here at ANUBIMB helps me unwind and break the monotony of life.


Yashita · 12 Mar ’07 at 7:25 am

>been a long time since I dropped in here! and whoa! nice…beautiful pictures:) like always…you know wat? hehe…am confused…is it your good photography or then the places?wat is it?:P

Jo · 12 Mar ’07 at 1:24 pm

>Superb pics man! Loved it totally!!

anoop · 12 Mar ’07 at 2:52 pm

>yashita: its mostly the scenic places and the decent camera i have, the rest all are my humble photography skills. 😛

Jo: thanks Jo.

RK · 15 Mar ’07 at 4:32 am

>Was waiting to see your snaps..

Very nice… I’ve been here too.. but that was several years ago… Love the dead trees in the water.. Wish you had taken it early morning though.. We have a similar pic but taken in the morning with our old analog cam..

Liked the snaps of the Little /Lesser Cormorants.

Dearly wished that the Snake Bird(darter) had better light.

anoop · 15 Mar ’07 at 5:08 am

>RK: dead trees in the middle of the lake does make this place unique. And, I have taken this snap early morning, on the first boat ride of the day which starts at 7 AM.
Cormorant family – the dead tree stumps are ideally suited for such nests.
Snake Bird – poor lighting? hmmm no, i like the lighting for this shot. I think its the excessive shake, if the image was sharper it would have been nicer. but anyway, karanji lake is full of this bird, can take better snaps in leisure :p.

bhuvanesh · 15 Mar ’07 at 6:57 am

>beautiful photos. I wonder it’s the magic of your camera, or your photography or nature beauty

M O H A N · 22 Mar ’07 at 11:14 am

>just wonderfull!

I just got transported to my recent munnar visit

P Kalyan · 18 Apr ’07 at 2:32 pm

>Great photos…especially reflection from water in last photograph…looks like shining diamond necklace of Mother Nature. Fourth photograph looks very ordinary. But your words “…saluting the almighty Sun” brings an extraordinary beauty that is not captured by your high quality CCD sensor.

Happy Kitten · 14 Nov ’07 at 7:02 am


Great pictures and these are places that I have visited many times.. but u have captured Thekkady beautifully.

Glad to note that u enjoyed the trip.. I dint see a single picture of the Sprawling tea gardens which you couldnt have missed enroute… also the meandering roads on ur way.. hope to see more pictures…

Smilie! · 9 Jul ’09 at 12:56 pm

>Oh.. What a treat to my eyes! 🙂


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