Working from home can be a boon or a bane. It’s a boon when we can avoid the daily commute. But it soon becomes a bane when the kids are having holidays and are at home. My quite home fills up with the boys’ activities with watching TV, board games, throw balls and the endless shouts from the playground calling out the boys. To top it all, I was at a remote location in Kerala and the data card was P-A-I-N-F-U-L-L-Y S-L-O-W. After the initial few days and some quick pre-monsoon showers, it was practically nil.
All that energy and nowhere to let it go made the noise louder and louder and left me cranky. I finally decided to take them out over the weekend for a short trip. As luck would have it, I was not sure where to go as I wasn’t familiar with places there. I wanted a short trip, nothing more than 2 hours of travel one way as my elderly parents would also accompany me.
Every evening used to be full of heavy showers. Those who have experienced rains in Kerala will know that when it rains there, it pours. We looked for places in and around my hometown Varkala. It is already a popular tourist destination with its famous beach being just 15 minutes away for us. My home is also near one of its backwaters, just a minute away and we can view it from the terrace. So, no novelty in backwaters or the beach.
We started searching on google for places to visit in and around Varkala. Also, places to visit around Thiruvananthpuram as we are just an hour away from the capital. We found out the KTDC contact (http://www.ktdc.com/tours.php) numbers and called them up. They had a couple of trips for Thiruvananthpuram in a Tempo traveler. We had to also join at Thampanoor railway station. Again, it is not suitable for my parents and a day before, the whole railway station had been submerged due to rains.
The boys were getting restless now. Finally, we decided on a trip by hiring a private vehicle. Unlike in cities, Varkala is quite remote. We don’t have the typical ‘Rent-a-cars’. So, checked with my cousin for a contact.
He called up his friend and the friend called up another friend. Finally, we found a Qualis with A/c. Yeah, in these parts, we have to specify that too. Continue reading