Some time ago I won a holiday package from Indiblogger … sponsored by India Untravelled. For months on end I kept day dreaming about the holiday – but doing little else. Like every one else in the rat race, I do think that the bosses should not realize how redundant I really am and hire a cheaper person to replace me 😉
Well then Hilawi was released and I got introduced into the world of book clubs and book readings. And I was given a spot at the literary fair held by Reliance Time Out in Bangalore. Two simply lovely things together. I promptly informed the resourceful and dynamic Shivya Nath of India Untravelled that I would take the Wynad and Kannur package. I also checked the dates from my publisher and booked two tickets by Rajdhani to travel to Bangalore.
What? What? It is the first really long vacation I was taking in ten years. I was not about to ruin it with a frantic and fast flight. I was going to take a leisurely trip – and believe me, Rajdhani first class is the way to travel, unhurried, and simply slothful. They feed you to the gills and pamper you! And Kid#2 I was not being cheap —- sniff!!
Disaster No. 1 struck … for reasons I still don’t understand, Reliance Time Out gave my slot to someone else – so the publishers tell me. It riled me and then I decided to re-invent. A book reading I was travelling for and a book reading I would have! I rang up Monika Manchanda and she agreed to set it up for me! Thanks Monika!
So me and Kid#2 set forth bravely. The first night on the train, our neighbours got robbed. We nearly did too. The thief tried to enter our cabin, but Kid#2, my partner-in-crime oops travel was up chatting on the net. Hence we had a miraculous escape. Disaster No. 2 .. a near escape. Of course if we chart a course through India untravelled we shall experience such things!
And then from Bangalore we took a bus to Wynad, a place which took my breath away. Kerala is lush, green and completely gorgeous. In Wynad we stayed in a bamboo cottage on stilts with rampways to take us to the cottage. It was situated in the middle of a coffee and tapioca plantation. It was mind blowing. Of course my son was fascinated by the structural merits of the cottage. He was studying the construction and even testing the stilts! Gah! Engineers!
Kartik studying the rampway for structural details
Please to note the coffee bushes behind him, which he completely ignored!
In north India, we are all holed up inside our houses. Not so in Kerala. The back balcony of the cottage had a wooden bench running round it, and we made good use of it. The advantages of such beautiful weather!
We also learnt of a wonderful concept called “Homestay” which I really like. This bamboo cottage was on the land of a wonderful couple, Sunil and Reema, who looked after us, fed us home made food – some dishes which were completely new to me, simple tasty and light. They also advised us on the things we needed to see at Wynad like the wild life sanctuary, Asia’s second largest dam called Banasura and a Bamboo Village.
Will upload those pictures on the next blogpost
View of the coffee plantation in which we lived