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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

 

 

The Lankan Beach Cure-Part III

This little series explores Sri Lanka through its beaches. A day out at the beach along the Dehivala-Galle line shows up some beautiful sights. Join in me in my experiences in Sri Lanka

The day so far in Colombo, had been very relaxed on Poya day by the beach. I wandered by the railway tracks to find some place to eat. I realised I was in the lovers zone, and was invading the privacy of hormones on display, every step I took. If you landed here directly, do check out Part-1 and Part 2 of this series, and then read on.

Love is in the air!

The beach had lovers, The area by the boats had lovers, the trees near the railway tracks had lovers, and the railway tracks also had couples. Talk about dinning it in on a solo trip, that you don’t have a partner around! I waded through all the romance, and found a place to have some fried rice, and went back to the beach at Mount Lavinia, lying on the beach, and letting the waters wash me of my ego, pride and prejudice, and enjoyed the sunset before returning home, a wiser man, after a day of silence and spending time observing myself.

 

Couples in Colombo romance by the railway track
Couples in Colombo romance by the railway track

 

Couples romancing in Colombo by the Sea
Couples romancing in Colombo by the Sea

The next Sanath? Sanga? Tharanga? Ranatunga?

I always remember Sri Lanka, as the land of left handers. From the times of Arjuna Ranatunga, Sanath Jayasuriya (or his clone Kusal Perera), Sanga or Tharanga, Sri Lanka has always managed to produce a line of south paws who make cricket very interesting with their batting.

Cricket in Colombo by the beach
Cricket by the beach! Southpaws on Fire!

 

Evening sunset at Mount Lavinia in Colombo
Evening sunset at Mount Lavinia in Colombo

 

Evening Sunset by Mount Lavinia-Colombo
Evening Sunset by Mount Lavinia-Colombo