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The Kerala Vlogs- Arriving in Cherthala (Allapuzha District)

This series is about a slow and descriptive journey where I explore Kerala after the floods, in the Allapuzha District, travelling to Cherthala and Marari. This is not about which destination to explore, but a slow travelogue on exploring this part of the country. Kerala needs your support and travel. Please do make it to Kerala since #KeralaisOpen

For those who quickly need the video, here goes the Vlog trailer. For more descriptive content, head below to read the complete blog and after you get right down, you will find the video of the 1st episode


Staring to Kerala by Train

When I boarded the train to Kerala, I was looking at the city trafficscapes being stuck in the tyranny of routine. Here I was on a train, that was speeding past places and people, transporting me to the bucolic life that lay on offer, either sides of the train window.  As I was staring by the window, at some point, I fell asleep in the air-conditioned comfort of the train.

Having a side lower beth meant, I could stare out of the window to check, where my train was, just in case I needed to know if Cherthala was around. It was to come at 5 in the morning, when the morning light was still 90 minutes away from spreading cheer. In a train, if I am on an upper berth, I am usually dependent on Google Maps, to help me with where I am, and it can get messy with phones sliding out of the pocket from the upper berth. So in a position of vantage, with access to phone charging, I slept peacefully, but kept waking up in the train’s blue-velvet lit compartment every 45 minutes, just worried if the train chose to accelerate or if I overslept.

Hello Cherthala
Hello Cherthala
Wet Morning in Cherthala (Kerala)
Wet Morning in Cherthala (Kerala)

I got off at Cherthala at 6 am, and woke up to a wet morning. I made my way slowly through the walkway, dragging my luggage. It took me a good 10-15 minutes to get to the main platform exit, as I tried calling my friend Advin, who had not yet picked up my phone. Advin was not a 6 am guy, and I fervently hoped he would be able to get out of a dream sequence and notice my missed calls. A call to his mother, helped him wake up and guide me to his place in an auto

I went to his place, and discovered that Advin’s house was found amidst a sea of greenery, deep inside an alley that went past a small lake called KaaliKulam. I tried resting, but I was not getting sleep, so Advin and I decided to walk around his house.  We went and had breakfast soon after, and the jackfruit halwa was probably the delight amidst the Idlis-Sambhar breakfast.

Cherthala to Thaneermukom


We ended up biking to Thaneermukom lake, and spending about an hour, standing by the lake. I used the time to send my drone up to take some aerial shots

Advin and I biking to Thaneermukom
Advin and I biking to Thaneermukom

If you have liked this so far, you will love the video of the first episode shown below



Finding Messi in Mallapuram

I have heard of Kerala being India’s football state (sharing the sobriquet with Goa and West Bengal). I travelled to Kerala’s football heartland in Malappuram district in the town of Perintalmanna to go watch a World Cup game in a style unique to this district.

Binary Choices in Malappuram District-Messi or Neymar
Binary Choices in Malappuram District-Messi or Neymar
Go Go Goal....Err. Not Quit
Go Go Goal….Err. Not Quit
Pre Match Practice for watching FIFA :-)
Pre Match Practice for watching FIFA 🙂

The video has different sub parts

a) The journey to reach this town from South Kerala
b) Staying in a retiring room in Shoranur junction
c) Finding 2 buses to the place
d) Travel to 2 football grounds, put on jerseys and indulge in a bit of pre match play/banter
e) Get into the large temporary tent to watch the FIFA World Cup match between Argentina and France!

Messi was found and lost, as France won a thriller. Do watch the video to feel the raw energy and emotion of football is celebrated in Kerala. Kerala was no different from Kazan if you look at the post match celebrations!

Try watching the Football world cup, from India’s heartland of football-Malappuram. Simple joys of community watching and joy over goals, passes and yellow cards. Head over to Malappuram district this week, or if you can’t, thank me for this video. My Vlog on my trip to observe how Malappuram enjoys football and Messi

Watch the video story of this journey here or watch it below

The idea to travel here, was made after reading Sandeep Varma’s book and posts on a trip he made in 2010

#TravellerStories-01- Of Camping at Wimbledon and Other Stories

Let’s meet Verushka Ramasami who inaugurates this series called #TravellerStoriesXX. She’s a traveller from Durban (which she thinks is the best place in South Africa) who blogs at SpiceGoddess. She works as a Travel and Tourism lecturer and is a lifestyle blogger when the sun sets over Kwazulu Natal. In this episode, we throw a few questions at her and find out what she likes and doesn’t. Since this is an experiment, feel free to comment and help us out with interesting questions.

Verushka Ramasami
Verushka Ramasami


Why the need for such a series like TravellerStoriesXX? We hear so many travel stories, but we’d be able to appreciate the travel stories at a relative level, only when these same questions are put to people at different place, we’d probably have a sense of awe towards how geography and history places a bias on our thinking. So these are nice postcards that you want to quickly rummage through, over an evening snack. Yes, just meant over tea and biscuits.





A) Where are you from and what do you do for a living?

I am from Durban ,South Africa. By day I am a Travel and Tourism Lecturer and by night a Lifestyle Blogger. My blog has a focus on Food , Travel and Culture.

B) What’s the most cliched thing that outsiders say or feel about your city/country?

” Do you live in a treehouse ?”
” Do you speak African ?”
” Do you have a Lion as a pet ?”

C) What’s that one dish travellers should try out at your city and where?

Definitely a Bunny Chow ! No there are no bunnies harmed in the making of this dish. The dish is a quarter loaf of unsliced bread that is hollowed out and filled with either a vegetable or meat curry. It is eaten by hand so no cutlery. The dish originated from the indentured Indian laborers who came to work on the sugar cane fields in South Africa and use this as a way to transport their food to work.

D) Reg exploring places outside your city, which is your favourite place (and why) and send us a photo with you in it

I love travelling and have travelled to some pretty amazing places around the world. For 2016 my favourite place is Kerala , which was my first trip to India.

E) What is the craziest thing you have ever done while travelling?

I think every trip has a crazy adventure. But one that sticks out is while I was in London and we camped on the road for tickets to Wimbledon. It was worth it though as we got centre court tickets.

If you would like to be featured and tell your stories that may be of interest to the traveller community, do write in to us at Kartik@katchutravels.com