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Published / by Elizabeth / 2 Comments on Kerala

indian railways kottayam railway station

After so much of anticipation and planning, we did finally manage to get ourselves to Kerala to celebrate my mom’s 70th birthday. The planning consisted of booking 4 sets of tickets and the planning all went into a disarray in the last week before travel.

My husband’s grandfather died all of a sudden which meant he had to travel to Indore urgently. His office work was already piled up which meant that traveling with us to Kerala was doubtful. I was just thankful that my brother was traveling with us and I could go with him. Also my live-in maid managed to suffer from backpain due to some sort of nerve compression and she was in utter pain. I had half mind to ask my husband to stay back since I didnt want her to make the 6 hour long bus journey to her native. Thankfully she was better by the day of travel and actually insisted on visiting her native. Finally TH managed to come with us.

Traveling in train was uneventful except when a rat decided to eat my husband’s laptop bag. I had put a few bakery buns as emergency snacks for us and that caused the attack. It was even more interesting when I had another bag next to it which had biscuits, bananas and lot more eatables. So we ended up buying a laptop bag before we traveled back.

We are having second thoughts on traveling in trains when there is a longer duration of day time travel. The son seems to want to climb up and down and do all sorts of circus in the train which makes it very stressful. Bed time trains are better when you can eat supper and put them to sleep right away.

The weather in Kerala was much better than we anticipated though there were moments when we just gave up due to the humidity. We did spend an entire night sans light & fan because of the thunderstorms one afternoon, and the inverter charge didn’t last enough to switch on the fans. Thanks to the heavy rain, we could sleep without much fuss.

A major highlight of my trip is always that quick trip to my favorite shop in my small town. This unassuming place has all types of good quality clothing for all ages and we have been purchasing most of our things from here including TH’s shirts. I love the fabric section of the store. Alas, that section was too crowded to approach that we left the store without even making an attempt. I realized I may get hurt in this vulnerable stage if I attempt to buy fabrics. We did manage to buy clothes for the kids, so the trip to the shop was not entirely wasted.

Overall I enjoyed meeting our families and the birthday celebration was a total success too. I am so happy that my parents are ever so understanding and doesn’t complain about my short & infrequent trips to home. I wish I could stay more, but I really really need to save my leaves for my baby because I am entitled to just 12 weeks of ML for the 3rd child and have to use my leaves to spend some time with the newborn before resuming work.

Kerala Trip 2016

Published / by Elizabeth / 1 Comment on Kerala Trip 2016

We had two successive trips to Kerala in the last two months. One was a planned trip to celebrate Onam which was modified when my cousin’s marriage came up and another trip came into being when TH’s cousin’s marriage was decided. So off we went to Kerala in September and October.

We had such lovely time in Kerala. The son was a bit cranky during the first trip owing to unfamilar faces. He made up for it in the second trip and was exceptional sweet to all – both strangers & family. The weather in Kerala was better too which helped a lot.

Vagamon

vagamon kerala

Vagamon is a hill station which is around 50 kms away from my parents’ home and we decided a trip to Vagamon with the kids would be a good idea. So off we went off there driving and it was a great experience. The kiddos which included my nieces had such a lovely time running about the green grasses/meadows, whatever you call it.

The drive itself was a great experience, but I couldn’t capture any pictures because I left my mobile at home. So all pictures are from my sis-in-law’s phone.

Ernakulam/Cochin

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We went to Cochin aka Ernakulam during our both trips. The first one to attend my cousin’s wedding reception and second one to attend TH’s cousin’s wedding reception. And we have marriage of cousin on each side lined up already for the future trips.

The first trip got mixed up during the Cauvery agitation and we ended up spending 2 days in Cochin and then returning to Bangalore with a cousin who had driven down to Kerala in his KL registration car. (yea..that mattered a lot).

The second trip involved running to the local Panchayat office to request birth certificate for my son with name added, finishing off some urgent work for my father and then driving down to Cochin for the wedding. The wedding reception was held at the beautiful Bolgatty Palace Event centre. It was a beautiful wedding, but we couldn’t enjoy it much as we were busy keep track of our toddlers.

TH was very happy to meet many of his family members after many years and the kids were very agreeable too.

Fort Kochi

fort kochi kerala boat

We had a day free before we caught the train back from Cochin to Bangalore and we had already discussed visiting Pepper Cafe (Cafe Agape in the movie Premam). But my cousin suggested visiting Kashi Art Cafe for better food. So off we went to Kashi Art Cafe for lunch after meeting my aunt.

chinese fishing nets fort kochi kerala

We were terribly late after the lunch and couldn’t explore Fort Kochi much as we might end up missing our train. So we went off to the beach side and had a quick look at the water.These are called chinese fishing nets and you can see them all over the backwater areas of Kochi.

I have a lingering desire to go back and explore more of Kochi especially visit Marine Drive, a place I used to frequent when I was young. I want to explore Mattancherry and visit the Jewish synagogue too with TH. One day soon…

Wordless Wednesday #16

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We reached back Bangalore after a trip to Kerala on Saturday. A week-long trip was planned to celebrate Onam, but was extended because we cancelled our train tickets in the wake of the Cauvery water distribution agitation which escalated last week.

A trip to Vagamon was the highlight of the travel and this is one pic from there. The yellow speck and white speck are my daughter and niece respectively. This place is known as Mottakunne.

If you are in Kerala, this is a hill station that you can check out. Situated in Kottayam district, this place gives you scenic view of Kerala.Driving up the hill through the winding roads on the hilly terrain is another experience. The roads are well maintained and made safe with barriers on edges.

We spent some time on the hills and then returned home after a heavy lunch. We wanted to try boating, but a sudden drizzle put a full stop to our plans. I loved every minute of it and the kids enjoyed running on these slopes. A place where you can enjoy a quiet time with family/friends.

Do check out my instagram feed for more pics.

Have you been to Vagamon? How was your experience?

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