No matter how many days a journey stays, if you set off with the people you love the most, it sure turns out to be the best of every other journey.
After my little family of my wife and son had been formed, this was the first journey we had been on which was indeed a pleasant journey. We are residing in Bangalore and hence we were never short of places to visit in the neighboring states. Even though this time, rather than an extra baggage for us, we had been keen on the baby's towels and clothes as his comfort throughout the journey had been our prime concern. We had decided to visit Kerala this time as on the journey, we had also decided to visit Guruvayoor temple. I had communicated with Seasonzindia and had been given an itinerary through a package with which we could be visiting the places. Together with the little champ and his mother, we began the journey of our Kerala tour in the air-conditioned lobby of the Indian railway. We had been moving through the means of travel that imparts comfort and would fall into a price range that would not be so costly.
After we got down at Shornur railway station, the driver picked us up and our drive to Guruvayoor began. Our little boy had been up from sleep and had been busy staring out of the window and we had been moving smoothly as the train journey had not been a tiring one. As we reached the driver dropped us at a hotel where there was no minimum stay policy which was indeed a great bliss as you don't have to pay the whole rent of the room for just spending 2 hours in it. We refreshed, wore some traditional clothes and vacated the room to reach the temple. The crowd seemed to be like the Sunday malls in Bangalore but everyone seemed to have a concern for the baby due to which we made our way easily to the temple. We had a divine darshan and did some lady shopping for the wife where she had found a place selling bangles and bindis. When we were done we walked to the hotel where the driver had dropped us as he had parked the car there. We got into the car and the drive to our prime destination for vacay, Wayanad began but we had already decided that during the night we would be staying in Kozhikode.
We asked the driver to keep the speed low which indeed turned out to be as the roads were filled with traffic. When we had reached the district of Kozhikode, we stopped and got into a hotel for the stay. They had half day policy due to which I could keep half the price of the room in my pocket. Since the baby had been droopy, we sat in the hotel and when it was almost 7 we got out and decided to take a walk around. We even made the baby lick the Kozhikode Halwa even though we were not confident of it. But both we had enough fit and packed some as well and got back to the room as sleep was necessary for the champ and we required eating some good food which we ordered through room service. In the meantime, our parents kept calling us from Bangalore to infer about the baby and just like that, the day came to an end. The next day morning again, the drive began to Wayanad. The thing was that it was not possible to get to this place in a flight or a train as the hills didn't have the facilities to this.
The drive had been pretty awesome as we started rolling up the Thamarassery hairpins.
As we reached the driver got us into a homestay facility where we kept the bags and then we got going to Muthanga Wildlife sanctuary. That is where we had decided to be visiting in the first go. Even though they had jeep safari, we decided not to be on one and instead walked around for some time. We got to see some deer and pieces and that was the first of the baby sighting both these. When we were done with that, we decided to walk back as we had not been sighting any other animal anywhere close by. That is when we realized that we had actually not taken the baby to Bannerghatta National Park despite it being located at Bangalore. And since it was feeding time, we decided to have lunch after which we proceeded to Banasura Sagar Dam where they had boating facility. There we had a good time being at one of the largest dams in the whole of India. By the evening we made our way to Pookode Lake which was the last place of visit. As it had been getting cooler we did not want to stay outside with the baby. After spending some time on the beautiful lake, we left to the homestay where the people had been more than loving as they were fond of babies and made sure that he was in utmost comfort. The place hosted us in the best possible manner and we definitely tipped them for the extra happy stay they provided us.
And in utmost comfort and no difficulties, the baby had proved that he is a true traveller for not even once did he trouble us with uncertainties. We were glad that everything had gone as per the plan on the Kerala tour and we had actually been returning back to Bangalore. The service by the tour planners had been good and each place where we had stayed and been to on the package had also been a great time. The places we went across and the food we had had all been memories and good pictures in the camera. On the happiness of having been on a tour after almost a year and a half, we went back hometown with much more than happiness on our cards.