After the efforts that I had put into planning my budget travel in the UK and Europe, I left this one vacation to God himself. After all, it was his country and so, it was up to him to show me around! Frankly, I don't think he really felt any pressure and that's because he probably did his bit when he created his mesmerizing land, long long ago.
Now he only awaited my arrival. In the many temples, villages, hills and back waters, all of which belonged to him. What made me believe in his presence? Well, why not? Mother nature's miracles have been left untouched. Natives still reside in thatched houses with one or even a few coconut trees in vicinity. Some, even within their compound. There are only so many high-rise buildings, that one can easily count them on fingertips. Here, fishing and selling coconuts can earn you a living even if you belong to the capital city and yet, it is the most educated state in our country! Educated in the true sense, for people here have taken good care of their land. So much that, the Almighty decided to call it his own. As I journeyed through his land, he didn't need a plan to show me to the best of Kerala. Every path I crossed left me awestruck and another bend in the road meant escaping into the next canvas in an art gallery. Here are a few tips on what to expect in the places I visited!
DAY 1. Palakkad & Guruvayur - Temples, villages & hills.
Mind you, it isn't just about the grandeur of the temples here or the serenity in the villages & hills. Each temple mostly owns a pristine kolam (pond) and an Aana (elephant). It is believed that only the most fortunate of the elephants serve temples & have the privilege of hosting the deity on special occasions. Even though they are chained down at other times, they are fed well and regularly cared for. Mahouts can be seen herding them through the narrow streets. They develop the kind of bond that a man and his pet dog do.