Saturday, April 19, 2014

From the outskirts of Chennai

I had a small outing last Sunday with my family on the outskirts of Chennai, taking a detour among the countryside and few forest routes leading all the way to my grandfather’s village on the Chengalpet-Thiruporur road. Rather taking the usual routes of ECR and OMR, I went on the roads that are alternate but not far from the IT Corridor and about 15km of stretch that was explored by me for the first time. My uncle suggested me this route that has big lakes (without traces), some patches of reserve forest and villages alongside farm lands. It’s quite out of traffic and the smooth road helps enjoying a leisure ride, breathing fresh air that blend with the village scents and fields of green and harvested lands producing different scenes to sight.

We had our lunch at the tree shades, shattered on barren or waterless lake and felt hot only for minutes out of the car where we used to the afternoon breeze, which pleased later when temperature soar down. We also forget to switch on the A/C once back in car and began to move with the environment that has something to share or capture enough. We find number of nochi plants gown on the roadsides, which helps in driving away misquotes but we aren’t sure will it survive if uprooted and replant at home. So dropped the idea of picking it up and the plant produces a smell which was sweet odors.

We drive past into few villages along with my grandfather’s and had a look at his abandoned home that turned to be worst in condition seeing it after five year. While back we took the OMR and then turned towards Kovalam, as I liked to see some birds on the backwater… but I was chanced little with the sights of heron, few painted storks and cormorants at distance. We also stopped at the Thiruporur market to purchase some fresh vegetables and greens, which we usually do if whenever come across this town. Because the vegetables sold here are harvested by the local farmers from their fields and the greens is one we could find many here.

Following were pictures from my outing: 
Harvested land
Scenic harvested land
Green Field...
Field of sesame
ஈச்சங்காடு / Iichanggadu

A farmer plowing his land using ox 
Village Pumpset
Gushing water from a village pump-set
Thiruporur Murugan Temple...
Thiruporur Murugan Temple... under renovation
Thiruporur market
Thiruporur market
Painted stork at the backwater
Indian pond heron
Indian pond heron


Pooja Mittal said...

Drive on a no traffic patch surrounded by greens sound so good..
And luck under a tree, u took the most advantage of nature and the breeze
Keep in touch

TexWisGirl said...

i loved the rural scenes! thank you for sharing them! the painted stork is remarkable!

Karyn Bryson said...

Everything there seems so colorful. We don't use bright colour as much here in Canada. Do you drive on the left side of the road? We drive on the right. I want to research that nochi plant and see if it would work here. We don't have a lot of mosquitoes usually, just for 3-4 weeks in May-June. It is semi dessert here butt they do bred in any damp spots they can find.

Destination Infinity said...

Excellent photos - the fields/crops are very green. I have seen such green surroundings, near the city, in the Avadi-Tiruvallur highway. I am planning to go that way one of these days just to experience the green atmosphere once again (if it is still like that). This post and photos were a treat to the eye :)

Destination Infinity

George said...

This sounds (and looks) like a wonderful outing. Your photos are beautiful. We always enjoy taking back roads whenever possible.

Betsy Adams said...

I'm so glad that you got to get out for an outing... What great photos you took... I enjoyed seeing them.

Renu said...

sounds idyllic..liked the pictures very much,sad to see the oxen so thin..

Anonymous said...

What lush and lovely scenes! I love that painted stork.

Pattu Raj said...

Once Palaru was the river that flew and used to gush during rainy seasons. We used to be carried by elders even when he water ebbed. Now it does not exist it seems.

Kannerkolvai lake was the pleasing sight when we travelled by train from Chennai to Chengleput. I wonder whether there is any water in the lake now?

However, the village scenes are heart warming, the birds enjoying the peace of the day.

Indrani said...

Great pics from your trip.
Very refreshing!

Linda said...

Beautiful and scenic.

Ponniyinselvan/karthikeyan said...

I too long to have at least 1/2 acre of land like this.
karthik amma

Twilight Man said...

The photos are awesome and relaxing to admire the vast lands and birds. Thanks for sharing Jeevan.