Adyar Creek Restoration

Adyar creek

An excellent job has been done by the Adyar River Restoration Project. In the 10-years since the commencement, the stinking water body has been restored, more trees and shrubs have been planted. Walking tracks and viewpoints have been built and entry of public controlled with access only on certain days for a limited number. The many paintings and installations of insects, animals, and reptiles will be a hit with children.

I am told that the number of species of birds, animals, insects, and plants has increased after the project was implemented.

Another incremental improvement which has to be lauded.


Scenic Route

Can you guess where this spot is?

The Adyar river flowing in Manapakkam behind the airport.

Scenic Trail

A little known spot in Chennai
A little known spot in Chennai

Last week we ‘discovered’ a secret scenic spot at Manapakkam – between the Trade Centre and L&T. A mud trail on the banks of river Adyar skirting the high-security zones of Officers’ Training Academy (OTS, during the olden days) and the Chennai airport. It remains still unspoilt due to the efforts and patronage of some NGOs and resident associations. Hope it will remain so.

The Weekend Fisherman

A part time fisherman
A part-time fisherman

Meet Mr.Perumal, a part-time fisherman who was trying his luck in the near stagnant waters of the Adyar river, behind the Officers’ Training Academy. He didn’t have much of a catch for his efforts but seemed to be quite happy with what little he got.

From the Chennai Photowalk. walk #141 Secret Trail, Manapakkam.

Public Transport – MRTS

Chintadripet MRTS station on the Cooum
Chintadripet MRTS station on the Cooum

Chennai has many modes of public transport. The suburban trains from Tambaram – Beach and beyond, The Mass Rapid Transport System (MRTS) from Velachery to Beach and beyond besides the METRO and the bus service.

Of all these, I am familiar with the MRTS, a very convenient way to commute from one end of the city to the other (almost) for a mere five rupees. Above you see the CHintadripet MRTS station on the banks of the Cooum. It looks very picturesque but one had to close one’s nose due to the stench.

From The Chennai Photowalk: Retrowalk #70

Madras Club

Madras Club on Adyar
Madras Club on Adyar

How can a blog of Madras Nalla Madras be complete without an image of the ‘prim and propah’ Madras Club?

This picture was taken 3 years ago around the same time of the year in the morning from across the river Adyar.


Graffiti on abandoned bridge
Graffiti on the abandoned bridge

Graffiti greets visitors to the Broken Bridge across Adya river at Uroor Olcott kuppam

Leela Palace Hotel

Leela Palace Hotel form the broken bridge
Leela Palace Hotel form the broken bridge

The water in Adyar river at the broken bridge is usually not a great sight. However on a Sunday morning during daybreak, the water, and the Leela Palace hotel in MRC Nagar in the background was an interesting photo subject. Of course, some tweaking on  Lightroom and Nik collections helped enhance the subjects.

Fetching Water

Water shortage
Fetching water

Chennai has a long history of water shortage. Despite occasional heavy rains and flooding, no permanent solution has been implemented to provide adequate supply for the city’s residents.

A Chettinad Mess on Mookker Nallamuthu Street has to ferry pots of water to the first floor from a street pump.

A nearby shop advertises ‘Tasty Palar water available here’. Wonder where they get their supply from. Many on the banks of Palar river themselves do not get an adequate supply.

The Chennai Photowalk. The Retrowalk #44

Upside down studio

Upside down photogs

Upside down photogs

The World is My Studio, even if upside down. Photographers from the Chennai Photo Walk on bridge on Adyar at Burma Colony, Ekkattuthangal