Sunday, November 22, 2009
A Sunday that started walking through payyanalloor – Travelers description in Kerala
This weekend I decided to go home and joined Jk and Biga on Ernakulam-Kollam passenger that reached Kayamkulam Junction at 6.30 PM. I called my uncle and he said me to wait at Kattanam junction so he can accompany me home. We reached home and I enjoyed there with the boys (Children of my aunt and uncle). The dinner was made grand through vegetable biriyani which was a group effort of the family members. Today I had to go to my grandmother’s home and the only bus from this place was at 11.30 AM.
My uncle’s house is situated in a village called as Payyanalloor in Kerala where there is less transportation available. I reached the bus stand with Nandu (the elder son of my aunt and uncle) and began waiting for the bus. Nandu was on bicycle as he had to go back tomorrow for his daily-schools. I waited until 12, noon and understood that the bus which was scheduled to arrive at 11.30 is not coming today.
I asked Nandu to bring a bottle of water; umbrella and we decided to walk. It was hot and humid outside and my laptop made my shoulders pain. I gave the laptop bag to Nandu and told him to place it at the carrier on the back of his bicycle. We started walking enjoying the sceneries on the road.
Walking in a village is fun but at the same time a tedious job because there are too many hills ad slopes and the ways are zigzag. We reached the junction and Nandu asked me the route we should choose. There is a route that makes the journey easy but it requires walking on a mountain generated road. We decided to go a easy path and started walking upwards. We reached the top and by then we were wet in sweat.
We drank some water from the bottle and continued the journey further. I could see ponds, cow, goats and birds around in the background. We stopped and took several snaps and continued the journey further. Nandu started dictating me different jokes and stories about his neighborhood club of which he is a member. This made the journey more interesting. I do not like to travel if it is just boring looking around the birds and talking their language.
We reached a slope which had a path leading us to a shortcut to grandmothers home. This route went through a farm with rubber trees. There were footprints that were created through constant human-marches. We walked through the rubber farm and it was dense inside. I tried to put my eyes up on the top and could see only some light piercing the leaves of the trees that surrounded the sky making a natural roof.
The route ended on another footpath that was the way to grandmothers home. We walked along it and finally made it to grandparents. We had our lunch with fish curry, fish fry, rice, pappadam, moorucurry, vazha koombu thoran, chcka thoran and merukuvarutty. The lunch was superb and the after-hours were spent watching movies followed by snacks.
I have a train tomorrow at 7 AM and will have to wake up at 4 AM. Buses are limited during early mornings and time is an essential criterion you should meet. I packed all the baked items my grandmother has for me. The days ahead will be spent with my friends in Ernakulam.