Ever Witnessed The Spectacle Of A Paddy Sunset?

It had rained all afternoon, during the walk to the illusory Kodoor river in Changanassery. A true tropical downpour. The sky had been grey for quite some time before I left home. In fact that’s why I left home. Remnants of a starved Bengali in me probably that feels euphoric about dark clouds. By the…

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.

Nostalgic Lake, Ocean Fury And A Hill Top Temple

We went wherever Anbu could muster from his memory. After Vattakotai Fort, we found ourselves halting to a stop beside the Rayanthiri Lake. Sun light streaming in through coconut tree leaves on a fairly shaded road in Thamaraikulam, an occasional cycle or car passing us by, we pull to a stop by the side of…

Horsing Around Vattakottai Fort

Kanyakumari passed by in a blur; a sort of introduction to the Indian west coast terrain. I spent a lot of time gawking at the ocean, at the massive skies and clicking pictures of coconut trees. The culture shock is immense. It challenged at least 4 of my 5 senses. Today, Pabla and I leave,…

Sticky Feet At Thirvalluvar Statue

The board near the ferry counter says the ride to Thiruvalluvar is suspended due to low tides but on the way back from Vivekananda’s rock, I find our ferry bump to a stop near the statue. And again, before I can realize what’s come to pass, I’m being herded up a ramp, that opens out…

“Trust Me, Don’t Trust Anyone Else”- Said Everyone I Met In Tamil Nadu

Tamils take their rules seriously. They don’t understand different kind of travel, won’t rent to solo travelers, won’t encourage walking around in places you are ‘not supposed’ to be in because tourism can only be availed at select destinations. Every one here constantly reminds me that it’s not safe (especially for women) but everyone I meet…

Being Eventful At Kanyakumari

I’m proud to say that I have failed to wake up early enough to see the sunrise every single day and have only managed to catch sleepy eyed glimpses of it on the half ocean that’s visible from my room. That too because the jing-bang of the early mornings had started and I wanted to…

Mastering Sign Language In Kanyakumari

The mornings are busy in Kanyakumari. There are artis and wedding processions. There’s constant inflow of music and I’m almost glad that the window is soundproof. But later it quiets down. This is a city of early risers and the sunrise is an important event. The dried up hero of a butler at Balaji Lodge…