I’d like to get away from earth awhile
And then come back to it and begin over.
I agree with Robert Frost most days, and to get away and come back with a fresh outlook on life is the kind of thing I often do. Travel rejuvenates us all, doesn’t it? Poems are all for interpretations, and my take on Frost’s ‘getting away from Earth’ is going away from the routine and the humdrum of daily life. To spend a few blissful days in the lap of nature that is pure and forgiving, inspiring and accommodating all at once.
And today, as I think about a Dream Trail to a part of India I have never explored – I can’t stop but dream about a week of joyful bliss in God’s Own Country, Kerala.
My #DreamTrails to fulfilling my passion for Travel in God’s Own Country, Kerala
Yes, I’ve never been to Kerala, can you believe it? I know, I know, I’m doing travel wrong if I haven’t had one of the best experiences that India offers, and I could kick myself for missing out till now. But it’s never too late, right? And I have been enamoured by the variety of landscape and experiences that Kerala offers, that I am determined to make it happen real soon.
Watch out house boats in Kerala, I’m on my way! haha.
But what makes me want to plan a dream trip to Kerala, you ask? Well, everything about the beautiful state mesmerises me.
Kerala is a popular travel destination across the globe because of various reasons – with the Arabian Sea in the west, the Western Ghats towering 500-2700 m in the east and networked by 44 rivers, Kerala enjoys unique geographical features that are stunning. Kerala enjoys an equable climate and a long shoreline with gorgeous beaches. Tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters are a big attraction. Green landscape and exotic wildlife make Kerala a rich travel experience. The food is lip-smacking, the culture is strong and inspiring.
The literacy rate in Kerala is hundred percent and they have world-class health care systems, India’s lowest infant mortality and highest life expectancy rates. No wonder that Kerala is on my mind! There is so much I want to see! Munnar, Trivandrum, Kochi, Krnakulam and so, so much more!
But the things I want to do most passionately, is explore Kerala like a local, not like a tourist. I want to get submerged in God’s Own Country and do simple and enriching things that are magical to me. For example, I want to walk on the pristine sand of the Kovalam Beach and maybe try to get a few good shots of the lighthouse. For the record, I am obsessed with lighthouses.
Then, I wish to run along the waves at the Varkala Beach when the sun is just getting ready to go down. I love the waves, always have. As a child, I used to cry when the waves broke down at my little feet and I could not hold them in my arms forever. As I grew older, I relished in the knowledge that even if i let them go, the waves will come again. And again. There is joy in knowing that this rhythm will go on forever, and the beauty is amplifies ten folds by the sun setting against the rushing waves.
Cruising through Kerala in a House Boat is always a part of anyone’s Kerala dream, and I want to live it up, too. I am so tempted to stay at an Ayurvedic House Boat when I finally make the Dream Trail trip to Kerala! Having heard about house boats so much, I have romanticized the entire experience in my head a lot! But I am sure that the real deal will still blow my mind with wonder.
I have a deep interest in Wildlife and the Asian Elephants of Kerala will be a big part of my Dream Trail for sure. Also, I plan to visit the Begur Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad and if possible, also the Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary because both are a safe haven for elephants, along with a lot other animals.
I also want to stay at and explore Poovar, which is one of the last villages of Kerala and is often described by travellers as a tranquil heaven surrounded by coconut trees and blessed by the beautiful River Neyyar.
Watching the local life in action, is always something I love to do. Life around the beaches is anyway so new to me, a girl from Rajasthan, that all activities captivate me. I want to be able to have some time to myself, where I sip coconut water and watch the waves, the ocean and the people.
So, that is the Dream Trail I’d like to go on – exploring Kerala! Have I missed something that you recommend? Have you been to Kerala? Let me know, okay?
And because I love to convey my thought in poems, here is how I want to wrap this up:
Mine are the night and morning,
The pits of air, the gulf of space,
The sportive sun, the gibbous moon,
The innumerable days.
PS: All pictures are clicked and owned by my good friend Akanksha Dureja.