Sunday, March 06, 2016

Radiant Sunset and Travel to Ariyalur

Ariyalur is a town in south India and the district capital of same; and it was departed from the Perambalur district, during the former government period. Ever been to Ariyalur, I was depended on Google’s maps for the route and I was directed to the destination via Tittagudi instead going to Perambalur, which is 20km circuitous but take lesser time to reach. Being a fan of state highways and lover of countryside roads, I enjoyed the opportunity of traveling this route with beautiful sightseen of villages and fields. As we are not hurry reaching the place, and we chose Ariyalur just to spend a night before heading to Kumbakonam, the time doesn’t become a matter but experience of nature.

Glowing  Sunset
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This time, even traveling on national highways (NH), I see a difference in sight of scenes which usually seems to be dry and indifferent. The reason for the changes is of course, the late monsoon rain or disaster that flood northern districts of Tamil Nadu.  With abundant water in hand (as lakes and ponds are filled), farmers have transformed their farmlands into flourishing lush green paddy fields and vegetable grounds. I could obviously see the landscapes of green everywhere and once we switched from the NH to countryside road, the scenes were enriched with rural essence. As evenfall approached with a brilliant sunset, we scrolled down the windows glass and took gaze at the radiant show while the temperature kneels down to let greet with cool breeze.

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It’s a pleasure to ride with natural breeze taking on the body, just like the early sunshine that is good for health; the sunset is taken with similar advantage of magnificence. I was amazed at the way sun glows down with great illusion, where branches of trees seem to fall behind the bright sphere. Following the sunset, we stopped for tea at a village tea kadai (shop) and to my surprise the tea tasted good. I love drinking tea/coffee from rural tea shops, as I believed they are made of direct cow milk, but it’s a long back story, because I stopped drinking there as I find its quality become worst in later years. I think, almost places people are using only packet milk and a good tea/coffee is priced high.

We reached Ariyalur by late evening and my Google maps navigated us right to the place where rooms where booked for us, without going into the town.  Our cousin brother has booked rooms for us in the tourism guesthouse as it is the only place available to stay and close to Kumbakonam. 

13 comments:

Sandi said...

Such a beautiful place!

Twilight Man said...

Wow! The orange colour is so beautiful and looks like a postcard.
I also depend on google maps often when I drive around Kuala Lumpur.
Happy holidays Jeevan.

Devilish Angel said...

Lovely capture...

Destination Infinity said...

So there is something good happening due to those floods. Nice pics, I too used to like tea, especially in small villages outside CBE when I was living there. But now I have reduced drinking tea drastically - same reason as yours. And then the inspiration to become a vegan sometime...

Destination Infinity

Loco mente said...

Kumbakonam is a nice place... With temples all around... I hoping to see the pictures!!! And the pictures you have shared - left me speechless... Especially the first one... As if a little plant is holding the Sun! Nothing like the majesty of Sun!

Sandhya said...

Stunning photograph! Nothing can beat village sceneries!

Even village tea shopkeepers are just after money,they don't bother for the quality!

I had been to Kumbakonam but not Ariyalur! Must visit now!

George said...

We enjoy traveling on rural roads whenever possible. The scenery is often spectacular and we would miss it on the interstate highways. You photos of the sun set are beautiful.

ladyfi said...

Fabulous sky shots!

RUTH FASHION DIARY said...

This is so breathtaking..cute shots,hope you had a wonderful time.

Arti said...

To view such spectacular sunsets in all its glory is a reward of travelling on the roads that nature gifts us all; you captured its magnificence very beautifully, both in words and pictures. Loved it!

Rajesh said...

Spectacular sunset.

L. D. said...

This is a beautiful shot of the sunset. I am amazed at the palm trees. I know they are all over the world but I did just learn of the area in which you live and you would have palm trees. My mind does not hold all the diverse areas of India but I should research it more.

Indrani said...

Wow! A mesmerizing moment. Well taken.