From September 2018 till December, I was traveling and couchsurfing around Kerala and Tamilnadu for 81 days. In this trip, I’ve volunteered and stayed 13 days in Anandashram which was founded by Swami Ramdas, endearingly called Beloved Papa, at Kanhangad, Kerala South India in 1931.
From this monastery or ashram, I went to Malom, which is a small town that lies lazily near the Western Ghats in Kasaragod district. Known as the ‘Coorg‘ of Kerala. There I stayed with a local family for 3 nights.
After staying there, I’ve traveled to Varkala formerly known as Udaya Marthandapuram which is in Thiruvananthapuram district. In Varkala, I’ve stayed with a local family for a 2 nights. That time, my host and his wife was around Kashmir on K2K bike trip. His parents hosted me with lots of love and care. Just after coming from K2K trip, he went to Bhutan by bike. I never came across such a crazy biker so far….
After Varkala, I shifted to Aluva, which was formerly Alwaye, is a municipality and a northern suburb of the city of Kochi in Kerala. There I stayed with a couchsurfer and travelled till Thrissur, originally Thri Siva Peroor and previously known by its anglicised form as Trichur. There I stayed in both places for 2 nights. There I met another host who is a photographer and also traveler who travelled with Sandhu’s and aghoris around Amarnath, Rishikesh and around north part of india. Which was in my must do things list…
After staying there, I went to Vypin or Vypeen (Malayalam: വൈപ്പിന് Portuguese: Vaipim) is one of the group of islands that form part of the city of Kochi. There I stayed 2 nights with a traveler. Here I met a person who explained me about magic mushrooms.
After Vypin island, I stayed long, 21 days in a Lost hostel, in Kovalam. Which is a beach town by the Arabian Sea in Thiruvananthapuram metropolitan area in Kerala. Hostel was amazing, close to Kovalam light house beach with dormitory and also with private rooms. Cheaper than hotel and was in quiet location. Manager of the lost hostel, Raju Jat was amazing and crazy traveler. He has done many trips around India using Jagriti Yatra, which is an ambitious train journey of discovery and transformation that takes hundreds of India’s highly motivated youth, especially those who are from small towns and villages of India, on a 15 day, 8000 km national odyssey to meet the role models – social and business entrepreneurs – of the country. The vision of Jagriti is ‘building India through enterprise’. He also did K2K using 100cc bike. K2K, Popularly known as ” Kanyakumari to Kashmir“. I’ve leaned loads of things from him.
After refreshing there, I’ve isited Madurai, and stayed with a world traveler for 15 nights. Madurai is the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu. While I was there, he left me with his mother and he went for cycle trip to Rameshwaram, Dhanushkodi where he stayed in a tent and enjoyed diwali holiday….
Accommodation, room, family and people where I’ve stayed are different everywhere. Still, it was amazing experience for me. I’ve shared all of them in different videos in this channel Bantakal. ( www.bantakal.com )
After staying in Madurai, I went to Trichy, which is also called as Tiruchirappalli. Here I stayed with a traveler who did Himalayan Trek by his bike Himalayan rider and many other trips, tours around India. He has his own farm where I’m currently volunteering for a year long. In farm, named as Naveen Garden, there is a huge swimming pool,many animals like dogs, iguana, horse, cows, jallikattu Bulls, goats, sheep and tree house where you can come, stay and spend some quality time. Money which you are paying directly goes to Global Nature Foundation, for building mentally retired home for MR people.
My kid Shrida enjoying a lot here in mini zoo. He only decided to make a video around Naveen Garden. I hope you’ll enjoy watching this video…