There are times when you want to escape from your normal routine and just try something different. I was getting tired of meeting the same old people at the same old place so I just hinted to dad that we should go visit some place which we haven't seen before. Thankfully, I guess he was as bored as I was and promptly agreed!
At the entrance we see a board - 'Welcome to Athirapilly Waterfalls'
Mom (grinning) - Sounds dangerous. If we are going to land straight into those waterfalls it's a good thing your sis called now.
The car stopped at the entrance, and we had to walk a little to actually see the waterfalls. Dad was all sporty and he walked without any complaint. Ma, as I expected, couldn't help but complain (now I know where I got my complaining tendencies from!).
'Oh! This is horrible! So hot! Tooo hot actually!'
'I can't believe we have to walk over this stony path!'
'Too much distance. This is too much!'
'Next time, I am not coming anywhere!'
'What nonsense is this? Why are the waterfalls so far? I can't believe your dad said yes to this!'
Of course, me and dad just kept silent and nodded our heads to everything she said.
Whilst walking to our destination we had some really good company -
Isn't he cute? ;)
Another common sight was that of lovers who got too touch feely. Mom kept eyeing them from the corner of her eyes and she would end up chuckling. Old women! Geez!
The waterfalls were just breathtaking! I haven't seen one in a long time and just standing there watching it all was just pure bliss for me. Loved every second of it. This is just another reason why you should visit Kerala if you never have!
On our way back, I happened to see this small place with a large board outside which read - 'You can see oriental fishes here'. I went in and to my horror saw all aquariums filled with these small fishes which you can't even see coz of poor lighting.
Me - 'What's that ? Looks like a lot of pipes. Oh wait! Those are sea snakes!!'
Ma - 'Yeah right, those are sticks.'
Me - 'No ma those are snakes!'
Ma (Squinting) - 'Are you sure?'
Me (Squinting more harder than ma) - 'Yeah I guess..'
We stood there scrutinizing the scene for a minute or so and then returned to view the rest of the specimen they had over there -- which was a complete waste of 1o rupees! And I was expecting a Dubai type aquarium and an underwater zoo where you can see sharks, whales and what not through glass barriers. Sumi are you listening? ;) All I got to see were dead(?)
It was time for lunch and we landed at this cheap looking restaurant which was rather unkempt.
Ma - 'Don't order any non-veg from this dirty place! Eat only veggies!'
Dad (to waiter) - 'One plate chicken curry, please!'
I just burst out into the loudest of giggles ever possible for a girl! The place was so quiet and on top of that my laughter was echoing which made me realize that I can be an embarrassment to myself at times. You might be already knowing this if you have read The Laughter Box in Me!
To sum it up, it was a well needed break! Keralam is indeed God's own country! :)
P.S (Totally unrelated to this post) - I happened to notice a glitch in my comments section since past few days. The dashboard shows a different count for comments as compared to the blog posts plus comments are going *poof*. Do you guys have the same problem ? I googled it out and it seems lotsa others are facing the same thing. If you are, you might want to notify Blogger through the Google forums.