Thursday, August 16, 2012

Weekend outing along ECR

Few weekends back we had a family outing on ECR (east coast road) and on a leisure drive we went till Chinna Cuddalore beach near the mouth of River Palar... about 80km from Chennai. The indefinite drive took us around the Kalpakkam Township which created for the employees working in the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research and Power Station.
Calm backwater, near bay
Calm backwater across the township
I come across the Kalpakkam Township after long back and I really like this place for its quiet clam environment and beautiful lanes and well maintained gardens and greenery and trees and Backwaters Lake. There are about 26,000 people reside there hailing from across the country and they are provided with all amenities like schools, hospital, shopping complex and sports ground. There are about 4,920 quarters and the township was established in 1979.
Beautiful Lane
Beautiful lane across the township
The township was parted by two, which was cut cross by a backwater canal close to Bay of Bengal and the two sides are connected by two beautiful bridges, and the backwater is visited by many migratory birds. The platforms lay beside the backwater was inviting to take a walk leisurely in evening and checking the birds and the plenty of trees gives huge shelter on both sides of the lanes.
Chinna cuddalore beach
Chinna cuddalore beach
We carried our lunch along with us and had at one of a trees shelter along the ECR and went discovering the Chinna Cuddalore beach, coming across the country side with paddy fields and herd of goats. The way to the beach is an isolated lane with the company of green coconut groves and at the end of the beach a fishing research centers have being on construction in full fledge.
Green coconut grove
On our way back home we stopped at the Palar river bridge to take few shots on the river bed and leftover water. It’s been years water flowed through this river and the illegal sand mine is one of a reason to barren its flow... and I always wish for an off-road trail on the river bed which never happened and don’t believe to be happening though! sign

24 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

the water ripples in the top shot are beautiful! i like the rows of palms, too.

ashok said...

lovely place..nice snaps Jeevan

eden said...

Beautiful photos. The beach photos make me miss even more our summer season.

Pattu Raj said...

Can you believe if I tell you, we used to cross the Palar river to go to my grandma's village. It was about a kilometer wide, and in rainy seasons, people used to carry children on the shoulders and try to cross!Sad everything is destroyed by greed!

But Kalpakkam township is so pretty, and the narration makes me want to visit the place. Though it is atomic energy, Govt. has seen that the environment is green, for scientific reasons may be?
Whatever, I am glad you had a good outing.
Lovely pictures too.
Thanks.

George said...

It looks as if you had a beautiful drive along ECR. Your photos are marvelous. I really like your views of the beach and water.

eden said...

Hi, Jeevan!

Just dropping by. Have a great weekend!

Jyoti Mishra said...

wow this place is like jannat :)

ladyfi said...

How lovely and peaceful.

Kalyan said...

looks a charming place... beautiful captures!

Rakesh Vanamali said...

This post has evoked a wonderful sense of emotion in me, Jeevan. It brings me back some fine memories of my times in Chennai and life on ECR, which was my home for a year - a year of immense happiness, peace, content, love and bliss.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful and clean place.

Srinivas said...

Those are some brilliant photographs, Jeevan (you do seem to have an eye for turning the commonplace into something extraordinary, in your narratives as well as clicks!)

The second and fourth pictures are my favourite :)

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