Vazhapally: An Accidental Discovery In Changanassery

By the time the headlights of Hari’s Datsun Go was illuminating the mossy residential walls of Vazhapally in Changanassery, I knew I had truly gone off beat with my Kerala drifting. Two weeks ago I had had to Google Changanassery and struggled to pronounce it without losing my way in the alphabets. And now, here…

Road Tripping To Sour Beaches

One understands the value of a car while travelling around a state like Kerala. In the mountains you trek to solitude, in deserts the dust and emptiness stun you and in Kerala you get travel across a never ending landscape painting. Location hopping is the most prevalent style of travel here and you will find bus…

Hunting For A Decent Meal In Varkala

I would have continued staring out of the window had it not been for the out of place backpackers on the platform. Where else could there be so many backpackers in Kerala but in Varkala. However, out of the train, into the spic and span platform and then out of the station, there is no…

The Kerala Local: A Cinematic Pause For Travelers

The next morning, life has moved on. It’s a Friday and I have to push off to Varkala – the beach paradise in Kerala I have heard of so often. For a while Pabla will part. She will head down to Kovalam and will join me in Varkala, a day late. This was September 2nd….

Uninterrrupted Conversations At Trivandrum

At Trivandrum, Pabla has it all figured out. Her dedication to her phone screen has paid off and she’s found us two gracious hosts in the capital of Kerala. So once we get off the bus at KSRTC terminal, we haggle for an auto. Pabla’s Whatapp has beeped informing her not to pay any more…

Welcome To The Land Of Mohanlal

what should have been a 2.30 hours journey stretched to four hours due to the stubborn traffic on the narrow two-sided highway that welcomes us into Kerala. But the route is dotted with bridges that take us over rivers that are lined with coconut trees that reflect a thousand shade of green with the setting sun. Kerala has begun. The Tamil Nadu dust has been left behind.

Getting An Intro To Kerala At The Padmanabhapuram Palace

Today Pabla and I leave for Thiruvananthapuram; entering Kerala at its southernmost tip. But first we halt at Padmanabhapuram Palace – the architectural miracle from where the Tranvancore dynasty ruled for 65 years. But none of this before I stroll down the street at 8 a.m. to take a walk across the rock studded Muttom…

Why Women Should Loiter More

Originally published in Why Loiter? I’ve been loitering my entire life. Just loafing in some corner, ambling away time in road side tea stalls and taking indefinite long walks to nowhere in particular. Now, I’ve qualified to solo travelling, drifting from place to place without purpose. I travel unplanned, without a set route or list of…