Friday, May 1, 2015

Sights from Fort Vypin beach - April 2015

Fort Vypin (also spelled Vypeen) is the opposite side beach of famous Fort Kochi. Currently Fort Vypin is having more Chinese fishing nets than Fort Kochi once famous for its line of Chinese fishing nets. Vypin is having a stretch of tiled walkway along the beach with this enormous spider web like Chinese nets in front. Most of the operators of these nets also sell fresh fish caught from here, so a person visiting this beautiful seascape can enjoy the beauty of Fort Vypin beach and also take home fresh fish (mostly still alive). Between Fort Kochi and Fort Vypin is the ship channel to Cochin port and the newly opened Vallarpadam Container Transshipment Terminal. So one can watch huge mother ships or cruise liners sailing from near proximity from either of these shores. 
Video captured with SONY HX100
Video format: AVCHD (Advanced Video Coding High Definition)

This video features the song "You can miss what you've never had - INSTRUMENTAL" by DURDEN, available under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Video of MOB Ocean Breeze, the petroleum tanker barge owned by Kerala Shipping & Navigation Corporation LTD (KSINC) docking at Marine Drive jetty, Kochi, Kerala.

This 650-tonne tanker is the fourth vessel of KSINC’s fleet of barges. The 53 meter long vessel, which has 2 c-meter draft, can travel at a speed of 10 knots and fitted with equipment which can pump 150 KL fuel per hour. The  barge was built by Vijay Marine Services, Goa, at a cost of `5. 5 crore Indian Rupees.This barge is powered by 2 Nos Cummins 850 NTA 2 engines having 325 HP each. Video shot with Sony HX100.

This video features the song "Give me some words - Instrumental" by timberman, available under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.

Ferry Boats from Ernakulam to Vypeen Island, Mattancherry & Fort Kochi

Ferry boats from the main land Ernakulam to Vypeen Island, Mattancherry & Fort Kochi are the cheapest and most enjoyable mode of transport. Video features here are shot near the Embarkation jetty at Willingdon Island, Kochi, Kerala. This video captured with Sony HX100 camera.

This video features the song "Deflated" by ptigas, available under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.

Vallarpadam Container Terminal (ICTT) Road, Kochi, Kerala - April 2015

Although this road was opened to traffic for the past 3 years, on most stretches only 2 lanes were operational. Now the full stretch 4 lanes are now complete and will be opened in May 2015. This video features first of three Goshree bridges, rail bridge to Vallarpadam container terminal, which is the longest railway bridge in India to date and the vast backwaters along the highway. This 17 Km road called NH47C starts from NH47 at Kalamassery passes through small island villages Ponnarimangalam, Moolampilly, Kothad and suburbs Cheranalloor, Eloor. It enters Kochi city at Marine Drive near Kerala High Court. This highway constructed by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) for the Vallarpadam Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT) for the easy movement of container trucks without entering highly congested roads of Kochi city.
Video captured with SONY HX100
Video format: AVCHD (Advanced Video Coding High Definition)
This video features the song "Drops of H2O ( The Filtered Water Treatment ) (ft. Airtone)" by J.Lang, available under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Photo & Video samples taken with Xiaomi Redmi 2 phone

Xiaomi Redmi 2 phone camera video & photo samples:
Rear :8MP 28mm f2.2 wide-angle lens with 1080p full HD video recording.
Front: 2MP
No corrections made, just added my watermark.
Xiaomi Redmi 2 price in India - Rs.6999.00 (About US $110.00). 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Backwaters of Kochi

Kochi allures the tourists with its antiquity – the quaint ambiance and monuments of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry - with its modernity – the bustling MG Road, Broadway and Marine Drive - and finally with its nature’s bounty – the stretch of backwaters.
Cargo barge cruising through the backwaters of Kochi.
A ride through the backwaters around Kochi city offer you a great picture of the land, with many islands scattered here and there and  lush greenery along the banks. Another characteristic feature of Kochi visible while on a backwater cruise is the sight of Chinese fishing nets. So when you visit Kochi, hire a tourist boat from Marine Drive and enjoy the beautiful ambiance of backwaters here.
View from Kochi Marine Drive at dusk.

Public Transport Boat service in the Kerala backwaters.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Bandipur–December 2013

Images taken during our stay at Karnataka Forest Department cottages, Bandipur – December 2013. Photos by Neelima & Rohan Bimalraj.
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Deer spotting's near our cottage: Most commonly seen & abundant in and around the cottages which is in the midst of  Bandipur forest.
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Gray Langurs at Bandipur Forest Cottages: They inhabit this surroundings-sharing space with the

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Bandipur to Mananthavadi via Nagarhole – December 2013

There are two routes running through Nagarhole National Park to Mananthavadi.
IMG_0821Bison Herd, Bandipur.
These are two options described as “Route A” and “Route B” in the map below for getting to Manandavadi from Bandipur via Nagarhole. For both routes the road up to Handpost Jn. and from Kattikkulam to Mananthavady are same. Even I did not know there are two routes existed through Nagarhole National Park to Manandavady, although I searched the internet before the journey. That is why I made this detailed route map & published here for those who want to take this course. Bandipur_Nagarhole_Mananthavady Some cautions before you decide on which route to take: For both routes, traffic not allowed between 6 pm and 6 am. “Route A” is more liberalized allowing two wheelers and lorry, bus traffic. Through “Route B”, no two wheelers allowed. It is mandatory to write details about your name vehicle reg. no., destination and time of