As you likely know, Kerala, a state on India’s tropical Malabar Coast, has suffered unprecedented monsoon rains recently. Hundreds are dead, millions are displaced. The infrastructure is in shambles. But, there is no doubt that Kerala will rebuild – better than ever.
I am saddened by the devastation. We spent some time there a few years ago. A highlight of my three trips to India. The people, the cuisine, the scenery are beyond compare. Hugging the Arabian Sea, the area is a tropical paradise beyond compare. Colorful is an understatement. The palm trees, the water, everything shimmers under the equatorial sun.
Everyone waits in anticipation for the monsoon to arrive. The harsh, dry, unbearable hot season will finally be over. The monsoon will bring cooler weather and rain to bring the parched vegetation back to life. But sometimes, like this year the monsoon brings more that is wished for.
I am happy to share a few favorite pictures of one of India’s best-kept secrets.
What the four seasons of the year mean to the European, the one season of the monsoon means to the Indian. It is preceded by desolation; it brings with it hopes of spring; it has the fullness of summer and the fulfillment of autumn all in one.
― Khushwant Singh, I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale
This Post Has 14 Comments
Tina Schell29 Aug 2018
Beautiful series Ron. Thanks for joining the challenge
fotograffer29 Aug 2018
Welcome, Tina. Thanks to all of you for reviving the challenge.
Nurul Fitri Lubis29 Aug 2018
Beautiful shots to describe Kerala, Roy…
fotograffer30 Aug 2018
Thanks so much, Roy
Alison and Don29 Aug 2018
Wonderful captures Ron. I especially like the opening shot, the boats, and the elephants with their mahouts on top. So sad for Kerala. We spent nearly three months in neighbouring Tamil Nadu, but never made it to Kerala. I do wish we had. Perhaps some day we’ll go and add some tourist $ to help them rebuild.
fotograffer30 Aug 2018
Alison, thanks for your comment. India is such a fascinating country. Have you seen much of northern India?
Alison and Don30 Aug 2018
Not the far north. We spent 2 months travelling in Delhi, Rajasthan, Agra, and Varanasi. I would love to go back.
fotograffer31 Aug 2018
We visited the same areas too. Also spent time in Calcutta, my favorite. Went to the last Kumba Mela in Allahabad. An experience of a lifetime. Like you, I could go back, but there’s so many other places to visit.
Alison and Don31 Aug 2018
So much world, so little time. Sigh.
Abrie Joubert31 Aug 2018
Thanks from this colour “from another world”
Marie1 Sep 2018
Wonderful shots. I love the first one especially. I’ve only been to Rajasthan. Kerala looks like a different country. 🙂
C.S. Young Jr.22 Nov 2018
Wow, wonderful post!
fotograffer23 Nov 2018
Thanks, C.S. I appreciate your commenting.
shubhammansingka6 Feb 2019
Stunning photographs !! 🙂