It was a fine Friday evening, we colleagues gathered in cafeteria to grab some coffee and snacks and I started asking everyone about their 4 days Durga puja holiday plan, as a week was left for that. All had some plans except me and Juhi. So we decided to plan something for us. We started searching for nearby places, hotels and tickets for the same. We found some, but it wasn't coming under our budget. Then I opened map of India and zoomed in to find nearby getaways from Bangalore.
Someone said, "Where there is Will, there is a way" and found our long weekend destination, it was Cochin, the place where western culture married Indian !
Couldn't find affordable bus tickets, so decided to go by train, that too in a General boggie. I was so glad that my partner didn’t throw tantrums, which gave me confidence to travel with her. The next day we booked a homestay for 2 days for 1600 rs for 2 person.
The day has arrived after waiting for 4 days, On Thursday night we boarded Kanyakumari express from Bangalore city railway station for Ernakulam town. The general boggie ticket price was 175rs. I had never traveled in a general boggie for 12 continuous hours. The train was jam packed as the Durga puja holiday had started. But its all about what you want, a traveler has that mindset to adjust in any situation, and I am not a luxury and comfort traveler anyway. There were a group of college students, who were singing the traditional Malayali songs all through the journey, that small thing kept our moods happy. We had good times in those 12 hours. We hardly got 2 hours to sleep.
The train was running late so we arrived Ernakulam town at 9 am. We freshened up in the railway station, started walking on the streets of Ernakulam to find a breakfast spot. We found a small hotel near the bus stand, as It was my second visit to Kerala, I had some idea about its food. Ordered puttu, kadala curry, appam and egg curry and two cups tea. The thing to note here is, when in Kerala, you should never miss the tea. All tiredness vanished after having yummy breakfast and refreshing tea.