It has been exactly one year since I visited Kerala. Yesterday I was browsing through my computer and found these pictures that I took on my trip to Kerala last year. Many would like to call it God's Own Country, but after experiencing the stunning beauty of Kerala firsthand, I would prefer to call it the Emerald State. So last year around August we packed our bags to attend one of our Nair's wedding in Kozhikode (pronounced koi-koh-de).
|Crossing the TN border into Kerala.|
Our train journey was mostly comfortable. At midnight we traversed through Tamilnadu and we just entered the Kerala as the sun was about to rise. The landscape changes dramatically from a semi-arid flat landscape to verdant hills touching the clouds; we knew we arrived in Kerala.
|Green grows the rushes.|
Our friend's place is a little village some 50 kilometers from Kozhikode. When we finally arrived at his place, we were treated to the typical Nair hospitality. Each of us were given a large glass of tea. I took my camera and explored the backyard.
|My friend's backyard.|
In this village and mostly across Kerala, the houses are not cramped together tightly like in the cities, they are separated by a considerable gap allowing one house to have a luxury of a garden. The weather is cool but damp. Everywhere I look there is greenery, even the walls are covered with moss. We drank plenty of tea and were waiting for a typical Malayali breakfast.
|The moss covers everything.|
A blue tent was set up in front of the house and the lady of the house got our breakfast. This is "puttu", which is made from rice, coconut, few pulses and cereals. It is delicious as it looks and has an offbeat taste.
|Puttu, a breakfast dish.|
Because of the dense moisture-laden air, the light takes on a magical quality. It was like we walked into a Mani Ratnam movie. After we had our bellies full, we decided to hit the beach.
|Getting ready to hit the beach.|
The beach was a 2-3 hour drive from the village and it was mostly deserted. We had all the beach to ourselves. While some of us entered the blue waters, others decided to chill out beneath the coconut tree shades.
|An isolated beach.|
After our day at the beach, we went home weary but satisfied and preparing for the wedding the next day. This trip was particularly satisfying to me as with this trip I completed my journey of all the Southern States. I cannot recommend Kerala highly enough, the people, the place and the food are all beautiful. If you do get a chance, do not miss out on exploring Kerala.
|A dash of pink in a sea of green.|