Yes, I’m vehemently making a statement that might raise a few eyebrows. Questions, in simple words. To me, peak season or tourist season is a myth waiting to be busted. Perhaps, that’s the reason that has made Kerala Tourism run marketing campaigns to pitch Kerala as a place to be visited in monsoons.

That, in the face of those self acclaimed travel gurus, who point out that the state is very humid, wet, and so much more during the rains.

If you ask me, I’ll say that Kerala during rains is greener and more beautiful than ever. Then, of course, travelling is not a fairy tale, where every part of the tale falls in sync with the others like a well thought of jigsaw puzzle.

It’s like you get some, you lose some.

shimla

shimla

While I was roaming around the Mall Road in Shimla the last weekend, I found it as magical as ever. Rains or no rains. Perhaps, the crowd was somewhat thinner than usual. So you see, I made a good choice. You get a place to yourself, sans the crowd. I saw life in the hills at close quarters then, for life hadn’t stopped even a wee bit even in the rains.

raincoat

raincoat

Like this school kid here (notice the extra bigger flap to accommodate school bags), you simply don’t stop. Not if you call yourself a traveller. The towering pines looked and smelled just the same, the swirling fog was enjoyably heavier than usual, their were lesser horses on the Mall Road.

All I had to do was to carry a waterproof jacket with me all the time, and I’m not complaining. It was quite an experience, jumping over puddles, travelling in the local bus, drinking so many cups of coffee and much more.

pine

pine trees

All I had to do was to carry a waterproof jacket with me all the time, and I’m not complaining. It was quite an experience, jumping over puddles, travelling in the local bus, drinking so many cups of coffee and much more.

Add to it the fact that hotels cut down on tariffs, you get rooms of your choice, roads aren’t as crowded as the peak season, famous eateries don’t run out of their “specialities” that fast too.

church

So you see, it’s like a one plus one deal. You travel on your own terms, within your set budget. And you, of course, see the beauty of a different kind (see the photo of the church, taken in quite some rain and fog).

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