Thursday, January 6, 2011
Like my previous post mentioned,I was off to Kerala to bring in the New Year.The plan was made,tickets booked,leaves taken,packing done.....I was all set!!
As I was to join friends in Bangalore before embarking to Kerala,I had booked an early morning flight to Bangalore.6.20A.M was the take-off and I left home accordingly early at around 4.30 A.M....but 5mins on the road and I was greeted by a huge traffic jam on the bridge full of trailers and trucks...couldn't move ahead,couldnt turn back and the vehicles were crawling....5.15 and still on the bridge!!!Tension creeping,thoughts of making alternate flight bookings had started when another car showed us the way....taking the first available opening,we took the wrong way and once reached the highway,the drive was in top gear.....The adventure had begun!!:-)
I did manage to catch the flight and had a sleepy flight to Bangalore....caught up with friends and next was a 8P.M bus to Trivandrum....we reached the stop well before time,bus was not there,so waited.But when even after waiting for around an hour the bus was nowhere to be seen,we enquired again and were told that the bus had already arrived and was parked elsewhere!!We ran to that place to face the glares and annoying looks of the conductor and co-passengers as they were waiting only for us...not my day I guess.....as there was no point explaining to them that there was no announcement,we weren't at fault...we got in and the bus started towards our destination.
We reached Trivandrum early morning and the first reaction on getting down was "its hot"...yes,even in December,all the jackets and sweaters were kept inside.But otherwise,I liked the city...it was very much like Bangalore...yes,language was a concern,but communication was possible with actions :)
New Years eve was spent by cutting a cake in the company of Devi(Our friend/host/guide)in Kerala and her roomies and the next day,we set off to Allepy for a full view of God's Own Country.....!!
We stayed at Devi's house and her family were the most gracious hosts.....it was like staying at home away from home...!!
The beauty of Kerala is surely its greenery and backwaters.....but the speciality food items also deserve a mention.I thoroughly enjoyed the vegeterian stuff...and the fish looked very delicious too...
It was only the number of lizards and insects I had to see everyday in every place that made me a little fidgety,but being a region full of trees and plantations,I guess that too is a part of Kerala's treasures:-)
The return journey was not as eventful as the onward journey...I guess the year had changed and so had my fortunes;)
Anyways,so as expected,I did have a good start to the year 2011 and want it to remain that way.....in the meantime some snaps for you from the land of coconut trees..!!