I was already out of bed by 6.00 am for two obvious reasons. First, of course the trill, which hopefully will come with some fancy frill, of looking forward to what’s gonna Lo and Behold nava-k in Kochi (aka Cochin). The other, huh! Undoubtedly, the on-going reason. Remember? You remember I told you I really can't sleep elsewhere except at the comfort of my home? I know. For someone like me who have been travelling alone (Travelling Solo When You Are Married) mostly (Super Star Libra Cruise, Dubai & Chiang Mai Thailand) by now, I should be accustomed to sleeping all by myself in any hotel (Negambo, Sri Lanka, Mercury Hotel, Vietnam & Koru Hotel, Bolu, Turkey). Right? But, no. It’s still a big no due to, trust me please, no matter how many times I travel, imagination does still run wild because I still fear the “what if”. What if the departed decide to visit me or what if extra-terrestrials decide to keep me company? Sure, all lights are on alert mode throughout the night, the other assurance is my Lord Ganesha statue. Yet, I toss and turn all night long, maybe I sleep 3 hours the most. Sigh!!
Regardless of fear or fearlessly, I was ready by 7.00am to meet my travel companions for buffet breakfast. Really mouthwatering Kerala cuisine as in so far (Alleppey Houseboat), we took our time to tuck in.
Thereafter, while on our way to Kochi, we included the places we have skipped in Trivandrum/Kovalam on the previous day. The first stop had to be thanking god and seeking his blessings at Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Upon walking towards the entrance of the temple from the main road, we strongly sensed that our decent attire will still be disqualified as decent. So, we bought the dhotti/vatti to cover our legs, even though I have encountered tight security at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Hanoi, seriously, I didn’t expect it right here. Handbags checked, no photographs, lucky me for my camera was not barred, to be on a save side, we trailed the locals into the temple.
While offering our prayers, we noticed the express lane, the "paying-highway' lane to reach closer to god. Oh-my-god! God have mercy, anything you want to say all you travel enthusiasts? Should we comment, should we oppose, should we speak our mind or we should just zip-up? I kept quiet. If I would have opened my big fat mouth, most probably I would have been kicked out of this temple. Also, I was lost on how decency is interpreted after seeing chunks of meat hanging and protruding out from skimpy saree blouses and sarees. A big question mark!!
Whatever, within the next half an hour, we left Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple to arrive at Sree Chitra Art Gallery which houses the collection of paintings, representing various genres of paintings in India, along with a few from other parts of Asia with a distinct stamp of Indian culture. Okay, I agree. Art, culture and creativity must be 100% honoured. However, there's only so much one can gasp within 20 minutes, unless of course you have nothing else to do for the rest of the day.
Next, we walked to the close by 130 years old Napier Museum (named after former Madras Governor General, John Napier) where we are allowed to awe but not allowed to take pictures of the rare collection of archaeological and historic artefacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot, ivory carvings, and Kerala's rich cultural heritage.
Napier Museum definitely is a treasured treasure for those fascinated with history and culture (Western Australian Museum, War Remnants Museum Vietnam & Troldhaugen Edvard Museum Bergen) like me, Art Gallery and Zoo within the same admirable garden ground were next in line. Art again please, at the zoological garden, one of the oldest in India, you will see a spectrum of animals.
Hopefully we didn’t miss on anything at these places, thereafter we were dropped off at Travancore Court which was the starting point of our Kerala Tour. Leaving our belongings in the room, we then lunched over the ample spread of Kerala dishes.The good to goodness savory dishes were a bomb no doubt, yet, the super-creamy, super-rich and super-luscious desserts of payasam, gulab, rasgulla and what not, I tell you, ultimately, were the crown winners as world crowning desserts.
To be continued in the next post. Meanwhile, don't forget to trend alongside “travel with nava-k” on every other social media please? Take care.