When travel was a part of my life the goal was to cover as many places as possible and more kilometres in less time in the early days. Later, the pace of the race slowed down. With the eyes and mind open, I began to know more about the place, nature, the people and the comfort and satisfaction of travelling.
A lesson from Covid 19: Take a look around.
Since the first innings of the baby Covid virus, a new awakening has taken place into the freedom of movement. Having travelled to distant lands since the beginning of my travels and dreaming of even more distances, I had the opportunity to take a look at the surrounding areas, as Kovid has made me realize in many other respects.
Thus began the quest for beautiful places not yet seen nearby. We were thus able to get into some of the more amazing nearby scenery. The most famous of these was Muthukoramala near Poonjar.
I went there and make a YouTube video and then Muthukoramala became a big tourist spot and filled with a lot of tourists.
The amazing love of Kaipalli residents.
But what fascinated me more than that amazing landscape was the small farming village of Kaipalli and its people. In the foothills of Muthukoramala and the common people and their love are very huge.
There are many places likes Kaipalli and Muthukoramala in our local places like unexplored. It was truly a miracle for all the Kaipalli residents who love their homeland irrespective of age. They don’t need Kaipalli and Muthukoramala to be not a big tourist destination and do not want to earn a lot of income, but they do it out of love and commitment to their homeland. There were children, adults, uncles and aunts in it. Ordinary handicraftsmen who love their country beyond religious, caste and political ideologies.
Fascinating rural tasty food.
When their love came as an invitation to camp one night at Muthukoramala. So the hospitality hosted by about few young people from Kaipalli and their companions, which lasted for a whole night, was another level, what an amazing people. Muthukoramala, Kaipalli and its loving people remind us that there are still small villages with such good people and beautiful landscapes in our small state of Kerala. Realizing that truth again.
It is not a matter of measuring the distance travelled or how many borders we have crossed, we need to keep in mind that all of our travels are back in time. Depending on how far we have melted into the areas we have reached.
This Covid period will also pass as usual, and once again our freedom of movement will begin to roll through the wheels. These days within the walls again remind us that there are still a lot of villages and nature standing in front of us that we need to visit at least once.
The first step of any great traveller and any great wanderer is in his own village.