Houses of Rameswaram

Whenever I travel soutwards into the Indian peninsula past where it narrows to about 600 kilometers or so, I spend a lot of time in admiring the change in colour sensibilities. Southwards the colour schemes on houses are similar to those on the wonderful south Indian silk sarees that you see. When I was younger and less exposed to differences between people, I would find some of these combinations jarring. Now, I can’t stop photographing them.

The Family is quite as much into this hobby as I am. Between the two of us we got a range of houses in Rameswaram: from multi-story family houses to little huts. They all have bright colours and interesting gates or doors. Many of them have the traditional kollam outside the door: a new one every day. As always, you could click on any one of the photos in the panel above to go through a slide show.

Author: I. J. Khanewala

I travel on work. When that gets too tiring then I relax by travelling for holidays. The holidays are pretty hectic, so I need to unwind by getting back home. But that means work.

11 thoughts on “Houses of Rameswaram”

  1. I am so amazed to see that you have written about this as I always find this so fascinating, which is quite strikingly contrasting to other parts of the country. The brightly coloured houses did appear jarring to me too initially. A friend of mine uses a phrase to describe this – “soooo Rajni!” 😀 😀


  2. These are great. In my country of origin, Slovenia, people smirk at you if you choose a too bold colour for your house. In some places shades are determined by law. I’m glad to see this variety.


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