How did I land in this trip?
When I started travelling some 3-4 years back, I was the one doing all the planning, booking, researching etc for any solo or group trip. Not that I am proud of it, but now my personal brand helps me free ride for all such stuff :) :) . I get offers for trips from my friends and the traveler in me looks for ways to work them out despite of my crazy and sleepless weekdays. My friend, she is crazy about Kerala. Her work often takes her there, but for her trips she takes me there. So, for this trip, everything from booking my ticket to hotel we stayed was done by my friend. With time, I have got comfortable and more adaptable with the uncertainty and myriad possibilities the trip might bring.
To summarize about the trip, this is not the most ideal time to visit Kerala. One variable which wasn’t in our favor was hot and humid weather and we were sweating like anything. The second variable which was not in our favor was the long weekend as Good Friday coincided with Vishu, the Kerala New Year and the bus tickets, flight tickets, hotels we were looking were super expensive and crowded. One of my friend whom I met in Chandrashila trek is from Mavelikara, a small town near Aleppy and he was visiting his home town, the one variable that cancelled all other variables and makes this the best times I have had in recent times. In both my trips I have been blessed with company who speaks Malyali and hence did the negotiations part for us.
It is very easy to fall in love with the state as it looks like from some different planet. The beautiful countryside, backwaters, lakes near any place, beaches, simplicity of people etc often puts a question mark on the life we lead in cities among the traffic, hectic work with tired body and mind.