''Go unplanned. You will have more stories to tell.''
-A random person in the train
True. Isn't it? First you plan the entire trip in advance, read about all the places you will visit, discuss about all the fun you will have and then on the actual trip you do the EXACT SAME things!
Where's the surprise element? Half of your 'adventure trip' has already lost its thunder on Quora the previous night.
It's like planning and paying for your own spoilers.
Expedition Kerala: Day 1
So I decided. I had 6 days...around 2000 rupees and a single 'plan' in mind. ''Minimum expenditure, maximum exploration.''
I was familiar with the jungles of Goa. Had recently enrolled with a wildlife NGO too. It wasn't a difficult choice. Among the popular tourist places in Kerala, 16 are wildlife sanctuaries and thus options were plenty.
With a powerbank, charger, few set of clothes and a diary, I started the first-ever solo trip of my life. (This blog post was drafted on the same diary from a lodge in Munnar)
Tourist places in Kerala? Nahhh!
But where do I start from? And how?
I inquired at the nearest bus depot in Ernakulam about popular tourist places in Kerala as I wanted to avoid all these tourist places in Kerala. It was difficult to convince the depot staff about my 'plans' and seek directions to a place which had no name.
"I gulped all the questions I wanted to yell at him and without uttering a single word handed a crumpled (knowingly) 10 rupee note to him."
''Anna...tourist?'' A toy-seller rushed towards me.
''No Anna...''- I replied instantly looking at the toy sets in his hand. ''I'm a locallaa'' I further added with a conscious effort to ape the local accent.
''No...toys...me...no selling...tourist bus there'' He pointed at a state Govt. bus behind me.
I had heard a lot about Munnar and its scenic landscapes. Though it wasn't exactly a wildlife sanctuary as such and was still among the popular tourist places in Kerala, yet it was THE best tourist place in Kerala and hence worth a try.
So, without breakfast and bookings, my journey towards Munnar began.
It was the first week of June and monsoons hadn't begun yet. I could feel the intense humidity in the air. But as the bus started going up the high range hills, I started feeling the cool breeze and could quickly feel the difference in temperature.