Breathtaking Aerial Photos Taken From Flight

Watching aerial images of places is always a fun as it shows you a new perspective which you have never seen before.

At PixelDo we do drone photography and show you aerial images and aerial video of landmarks and places. But the technology always has it’s limitations. With drones we can go up in the sky to the certain limits as per aviation rules and limitation of drone battery capacity. In such scenario the traditional methods are always ahead with technology.

Below images are taken from passenger aircraft during the flight. Mr. Jinu Kurien who is an architect by profession has taken these breathtaking aerial images of various cities during his travel to different cities for work purpose.

Mr. Jinu wrote on his fb profile that In last year his firm completed projects in 14 different cities. A lot of this travel was by air. What started off in a casual fashion gradually got him hooked. He loved looking out of the window (don’t we all?) & observing the cities & landscapes he flew over, their character & features. Soon, it became an obsession. He made sure he web checked in on time to get a window seat. Each time he flew out of Mumbai, he hoped that it would be a different runway, a new trajectory, just so that he could get a new view of the city & it suburbs. He captured a lot of what he saw as pictures, some of them found its way to his Instagram account (@kolayalee). The series is called Cities From The Sky, it features Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Delhi-NCR, Thiruvananthapuram, Vishakhapatnam, Chennai, Bangalore, Lucknow & Chandigarh.

Enjoy the pictures and share.

All Images are copyright of Mr. Jinu and below text is also taken as it is from his original post.

This is juhu chowpatty, Mumbai. The most overrated beach in the whole universe. You can also see the runway of Juhu aerodrome & all the 5 star hotels that face the sea.


This is in between Santacruz & Vile Parle railway stations in Mumbai, not very far from the domestic airport. Two of Mumbai’s most important connectors: the Western Line of the suburban railway network & the Western Expressway are quite clear. The bridge that cuts across is relatively new, is an alernative to Milan Subway.


I was lucky to fly over this part of Mumbai at the crack of dawn. You can see parts of Bandra, Khar Dhanda on the edge of the Arabian Sea. The Bandra-Worli sealink is a bit hazy in the middle right. Mahim Causeway is just above it on the left.

This is a suburb called Ghatkopar in Mumbai. The Main Line of the city’s suburban railway network cuts through diagonally. On the top are all the new real estate developments on LBS Marg, and a hint of R-City Mall. Long back, this road had an array of pharmaceutical plants. They have all made way for these new developments.


Mumbai again. The Western Express Highway bends in to an arc from Bandra up north to Vile Parle on the south. The slums along the left sits at the edge of the city’s airport.

One of Mumbai’s recent achievements, the Mumbai Metro neatly divides the slums of Asalpha village at the bottom from the apartment blocks above. A very interesting alley cuts through the slums at the centre. A few improbable trees manage to emerge from this density.


The winding path at the bottom is the Mumbai Metro cutting through Jagdusha Nagar in Ghatkopar. There is a very interesting triangular building at the bottom. Also, a reasonable thick patch of green in what is a very dense segment of the city.

This is a suburb called Kurla in Mumbai. You can see Phoenix Market City on the bottom left, Holy Cross Convent just above it with its playground. The high density residential development on the top sits on the site where Premier Automobiles had their factory. That’s where all our Fiat Padminis came from.


These are the slums from a suburb called Ghatkopar in Mumbai spreading itself into a sprawl up the hill. Behind it is Powai. It used to be the ‘out of beyond’ for the city, that’s where Mumbaikars would go for an occasional picnic. Today it is one of the city’s tony neighbourhoods. You can see a hint of Powai lake & the IIT campus on the top right.


This picture covers the suburbs of Ghatkopar, Andheri & Powai in Mumbai. The Mumbai Metro line & one of its station, probably Asalpha sit right in the middle.


A swanky new airport, a nallah & blue tarpaulined slums, all in a frame. That’s Mumbai for you.


These are the three bridges that connect Mumbai & Navi Mumbai. The first time I came to Navi Mumbai, in 1985, there was only one road bridge. Then came the railway bridge on the left that connected the city to the Harbour Line of the suburban railway network in 1992. I witnessed the construction of the second road bridge, the one in the middle, in the 90s when I traveled to Navi Mumbai as a student.


This is Navi Mumbai, a city I now call home. What you see are parts of Koper Khairne & Vashi on the left. Koper Khairne’s vaulted railway station is in the middle. On the right side are campuses that belong to the brothers from Reliance & the Thane-Belapur Highway. You can also see the newly constructed hair-pin bended flyover on the middle right.


This is a node called Seawoods in Navi Mumbai. Some mangroves & Thane creek are on the top. Delhi Public School & Seawoods Estate or NRI Complex as it is more popularly known as is on the middle left. Palm Beach Road appears in the form of an arc. Karave village sits on the bottom right. And, how can we not miss the blue GI sheet roofs on top of many buildings. A case of architecture not meeting its expectations.


These, are the mangroves on Thane creek, along one edge of Vashi in Navi Mumbai. You can see ‘mini sea shore’, a popular public space in the city. Also, sectors 6 & 8, a glimpse of Vashi gaon (village). Right up there is the new CIDCO Exhibition Center & the station precinct.


This is Thane, a city that neighbours Mumbai & Navi Mumbai. The Main Line of the cities’ suburban railway network runs diagonally across the image. Thane railway station, a small lake & what looks like a skywalk are also fairly clear.


This is somewhere in the National Capital Region or NCR as it is known. Somewhere in or around Delhi. Don’t know the city well enough for more details. I can see a highway, a railway line & a very dense, low rise sector of the city.

This is a portion of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala. I don’t know anything about these locations. Trivandrum, as it is also known as has to be amongst the most calm & relaxed cities I have been to.

This is Visakhapatnam or Vizag, the port city in Andhra Pradesh. The city was devastated by Cyclone Hudhud, the airport still carried scars from it when I visited it. This is the port & all the infrastructure around it. Vizag has a wonderful setting. The Bay of Bengal on one side & the Eastern Ghats on the other.


On the outskirts of most cities in India, one can notice mountains that have been ravaged by mining. This one on the outskirts of Chennai has been mined & abandoned. Over the years it has evolved to this form. I reckon, this can be developed into a public space.


I know these are parts of Chennai, but, I don’t know which. The city is dense, but predominantly low-rise. A lot of institutional campuses can be seen in the outskirts of the city. The buildings with courtyards in the middle seem to be part of one such campus.


This looks like the physical model of a Design Dissertation project from Architecture school. It is one of the many gated communities in the making, in and around Bengaluru. The ones with ‘ticket’ prices upwards of a crore. The ones with names that reveal our inferiority. The ones that promise dreams but rarely deliver.

This is Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh. I know nothing of what is there in the picture. But, someone commented on my Instagram feed that the arc shaped road is called ‘VIP’ Road.

This is Chandigarh, but not Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh. I am told that the city is growing in this direction & that all the new development is called New Chandigarh. Housing plots wait anxiously for some development. Sparse today, dense tomorrow.


These are the Sahyadri Ranges just outside Navi Mumbai. They are a sight to behold from the skies.


This is a river, a dying one that I came across just outside Chandigarh. It did not look pretty for the month of September. On this flight, I managed to see several small rivers emerge from the Sivalik ranges, finding its way through the terrain, barely managing to stay alive. It was both, beautiful & tragic at the same time.


I don’t know which city this is. I came across this one on my flight back from Lucknow to Mumbai. There are two concentric circles on the left which seem like a park or a public facility. The lighting makes it look like a busy city.

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