Rucksack & My story to Kerala-God's own country..

31st Dec 2013
Photo of Rucksack & My story to Kerala-God's own country.. 1/3 by Sananda Mukherjee
Photo of Rucksack & My story to Kerala-God's own country.. 2/3 by Sananda Mukherjee

This trip was a lone trip to my friend's homeown Kerala which indeed means so much when we quote it as " God's Own Country ". The hospitality,the friendliness of the people and the place around makes the place worth living makes you feel so homely.The nature,the fresh air,the quite ambiance gives you ultimate peace away from the busy metro life.Food has to be mentioned,specially items like "porotta,puttu,kappa,biriyani,the banana delicacies" it simply turns you head over heels craving for more and more.Let me mention "hotel SAGAR" in Calicut,it truly has some very good quality tasty & affordable food.The overnight journey from Kottayam-Calicut indeed was an adventure in that KRSTC bus with that cool breeze.

I must mention if you wanna take a break from the chilled winter of December in Delhi,just fly straight to the God's Own Country which then lets you enjoy the spring.With the mangoes growing in every tree and the beautiful other flora & fauna around.The symmetrical architecture in every house gives you a sense of ultimate discipline & equality which simply makes you feel so really nice.

Must be mentioned,I went for a drive through the Muthanga forest from Wayanad to Karnataka border,needless to say it has been one of my best country drives.The beautiful sunflower fields,the watermelon sellers straight from the filed,the lush green bamboo trees covering roads ,it simply is splendid.

My journey had been from Delhi via Ratlam,Panvel,Mudgaon,Kohzikode to Kottayam.The journey experienced the most beautiful Indian Railway tracks of Konkan Railway.

Photo of Rucksack & My story to Kerala-God's own country.. 3/3 by Sananda Mukherjee

I would conclude by saying only one sentence"God's Own Country" should be in your priority list to travel.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an animal sanctuary in Wayanad, Kerala, south India. It is on the way from Mysore to Sultan Battery. A variety of large wild animals such as Indian Bison, elephant, deer and tiger are found there. There are also quite a few unusual birds in the sanctuary. In particular, Peafowl tend to be very common in the area.Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala. It is bestowed with lush green forests and rich wildlife. Also known as the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, this wildlife area houses some of the rare and endangered species of both flora and fauna. Established in 1973, the sanctuary is now an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It is bounded by protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka in the northeast, and on the southeast by Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu.

Photo of Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Thirunelli Pakshipathalam Trek, Pothumoola, Panavally, Kerala 670646, India by Sananda Mukherjee

The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and is part of the Kuttanad region. Kumarakom is a part of the BACKWATERS stretch.

Photo of Kumarakom, Kumarakom, Kerala, India by Sananda Mukherjee

Kottayam is a city in the Indian state of Kerala covering an area of 55.40 square kilometres (21.39 sq mi). It is the administrative capital of Kottayam district and is located in south-central Kerala

Kozhikode ([koːɻikːoːɖ] ( listen)), also known as Calicut, is a city in the state of Kerala in southern India on the Malabar Coast. Kozhikode is the third largest city in Kerala and is part of the second largest urban agglomeration in Kerala with a metropolitan population of 2,030,519 as per 2011 census.[6] The city lies about 380 kilometres (236 mi) north of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram.

Wayanad District came into existence on 1st November, 1980 as the 12th District of Kerala consisting of Mananthavady, Sulthanbathery and Vythiri Taluks. The name Wayanad is derived from Vayal Nadu which means the land of paddy fields. It is a picturesque plateau situated at a height between 700 meters and 2100 meters above the mean sea level nested among the mountains of the Western Ghats on the Eastern portion of North Kerala and on the sides of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka States.

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