February 20th-27th, Bangalore – Many cities within Kerala; Cochin, Thodupuzha, Munnar, Maniyamkavu, Puthenchira, Vellangallur, Kodungallur
This was my final week in India and what a week it was! I decided to take some time just for myself during my trip and the time was in Cochin, Kerala at a beautiful hotel called Ramada Cochin Resort that had an amazing swimming pool I could just relax in and do nothing. It was a busy but fun holiday so far and I find it’s always nice to take some time out along the way. Things are very affordable in India compared to here and I was extremely happy about that! This Is India.
So for the next 4 days, the main things I did at the hotel were, sleep, eat, swim, suntan, repeat….
I also met a very nice young lady by the pool on my first day there who was also taking in the sunshine. Her name is Emma and she’s from the UK. We ended up spending the entire day at the pool together, chatting about our solo tours around India and she visited some really great places I would also like to see one day. We had so much fun talking and getting along that we also had supper together and later that night, Emma had to fly back to the UK. I was happy to have met her and now we are friends and keep in touch through Facebook.
After 4 days of relaxation, it was time to move onto Thodupuzha to see my blogging friend KP again and his family who are extremely nice and full of hospitality! They own a restaurant and hotel that makes a great dosa and lime juice drink you’ve never had!!! KP’s entire family is so welcoming and they invited me, Rafat and Darshith to stay with them because we were all going to the next wedding together. That is one house that is full of happiness! 😀 KP’s mom was very generous to let me borrow 2 of her saree’s to wear to the next wedding, it was such a lovely offer I felt very grateful and gladly accepted! I was excited to wear them and show her my pictures later. We all stayed up late talking until I could barely keep my eyes open then I had to go to bed while everyone else stayed up and played Scrabble! I was so dead 😛
The next day, KP, Darshith, Rafat and I had the day to visit an amazing place in Kerala called Munnar that is known for its tea plantations. The scenery is just gorgeous and the temperature is cooler which felt great! After awhile, +40 C is very draining, especially without a pool nearby! KP drove us there and all over town while we stopped at random places and took many pictures of Munnar and each other! We also took a boat ride which was fun and something different, I felt like a kid again and that’s never a bad thing. We had a great day and then went back to KP’s family home to sleep again.
After a great night’s sleep, it was time to wake up and go to the wedding of our blogging friend Nimitha. It was a few hours drive and KP was up for driving again but that same day so was Rafat! Halfway through the trip, KP and Rafat switched places and Rafat took the wheel with attitude and got us to the wedding! We even made a live video during the drive and it was so fun and got many hits on Facebook.
Day one of the wedding was in Maniyamkavu, Puthenchira and the Mehendi ceremony took place at night in a big auditorium. The dress code was traditional Kerala saree for women and traditional Kerala Dhothis. Rafat and I had some help from Nisha, Nimitha’s sister and her family to drape our sarees. It was really hot, even at night but we had so much fun wearing the sarees and taking several photos! A cute young boy about 8 years old sitting beside me said he liked my saree and asked if he could get a selfie with me so I said: “of course!” Before I knew it, a huge group of kids came over and asked if they could take their picture with me and before I knew it, everyone was taking selfies with me! I had that celebrity feeling again and it was fun. We all made our way to Nimitha and her family who were also very welcoming and extremely kind with us. I met so many people at the wedding and once again, I was the only foreigner and in a saree! The food was amazing and we all ate so much, the food in southern India is spicy compared to the north and yes, I love spicy food! ❤ Nimitha arranged for us to stay at a hotel that was close by and once again, I was the first one to sleep and the others stayed up all night partying! It was so funny, my age was showing… 😉
The next day was day two of the wedding and we had to be in Vellangallur, Kodungallur in the morning so we could see the Nikkah ceremony, then tying the knot. I wore the second saree that day and a team of 5 young girls in Nimitha’s family put it on me, which was really fun to watch them! We had a very beautiful lunch and I met Nimitha, her husband, and her entire family again who were so nice. Being able to attend another wedding in India was a huge privilege for me and I was grateful again for meeting such kind people, eating such wonderful food and learning so much about the India cultures.
That night, our adventure was ending, Darshith and Rafat had to go home by bus, I went back to the hotel and KP went back to his home. We all said an emotional goodbye and went on our way. Thank you so much to you and your entire family KP for treating me like one of your own and touring all of us around Kerala. Your house and everyone in it gives off a powerful happy vibe that lasts forever. Darshith, it was so good to see you 3 weekends in a row during my trip, I am very grateful. Miss Rafat (Sana), you are such a beautiful soul, it was great seeing you at both weddings, getting to know you more, chatting about life and everything about it. Nimitha, thank you for inviting me to your beautiful wedding, it was so good to meet you, your friends and family. I hope you can all make it to Canada one day soon so I can show you around here too. And bring Miss Rupali too 😉 I miss you guys! ❤
I had to get a good night’s sleep because the next day I was going back to Mumbai to catch my flight home to Canada. I couldn’t believe how fast my trip went but I also couldn’t believe how much love I received along the way which felt great for me after everything I have been through. At the same time, I was looking forward to seeing and hugging my kids again and showing all the gifts I bought. Even though we talked and laughed each day online, it was going to be great to see them again soon.
Stay tuned for the final chapter…
Much Love ❤