I finished my parcel breakfast in the bus. I had to change two more buses until I reached Chittumala (5kms to my destination). My last commute was in an auto to Vijeesh's homestay. Several thoughts hit my mind, calculations of extra money I had to spend and time I travelled when I could have easily reached Kollam to Munrothuruthu in 15minutes if I had got the right train. Trying to think about the bright side, I had a wonderful first hand experience travelling alone and getting lost in an unknown town, learnt new routes and now I know which is the best route to reach Munroe.
At the homestay, Vijeesh's father greeted me. We headed towards his canoe parked by the riverside. He started narrating details about their home stay and canoe tour business as he rowed the boat with a long bamboo stick. He was a simple man, proud of his son and wife who helps him in the business..he boasted that people from all over the world visited them and stayed with them. The father-son duo has picked up some foreign language words from the visitors. His wife cooked tasty Kerala food for the guests. He was knowledgeable about the types of trees/plants and birds species of the island.
As we moved ahead, the backwaters narrowed into small canals where sometimes we had to bend our heads at the shallow bridges. The bridges were either concrete or just a wooden log to let people cross the canals.