27. 03. 2013:
Palm trees extend upwards at every stretch, neatly framed against an implausibly blue sky. Soft turquoise-blue waters cut through them, every now and then. As the local train from Calicut to Kannur chugs its way through the humble settlements, the muddy tracks and the tranquil streams... the quaint countryside of the city, the traveler in me peeps out of the window and scans the landscape; the place is a quiet retreat with no trace of chaos or commotion. Keeping in tune, I quietly slide my hand in my bag, bring out my pen and diary and start scribbling.
Kerala: God's own Country
Nature rules here...
Pristine, pure, untouched and unscathed. Though it’s been only a while since I landed foot in this natural wonderland but I am already having a blessed feeling. No wonder, this is India untravelled, that part of sacred India where none other but the God’s reside... Swagatham, as the locals say,
Yes! I am in Kerala ... God’s own country...
Rewind: How I came to Kerala
A treasured post dedicated to my grandpa coupled with all your kind wishes had helped me secure a packaged 4D / 3N nature trail for 2.
This prize trip (organized by Shivya of India Untravelled), courtesy IndiBlogger and Kissan, meant we were left with a booklet showcasing 6 nature trails from different parts of offbeat India out of which one had to be picked. Flipping through our options ranging from an opportunity to experience the snowy Spiti valley or the royalty of Raison in Himachal Pradesh to the mountains of Sikkim in the North East, we soon realized what a tough job we had at hand. All the destinations were highly alluring and it was a difficult task to choose just one. After a lot of discussions, we decided to settle down for Kannur and Wayanad in Kerala, a quiet retreat in nature.
A trip down south after a long long time and a long awaited one at that... Ah! Excited that I was, I instantly got down to researching more on it.