But ironic as it may seem, Raveendran mash and Unni never made the trip. And though we did, all we saw of Mayyzhi was the railway station and a bridge across the Mayyazhi river...
The drive to Bekal was pleasant, except for the bad roads here and there. We saw the entrance to the "Vismaya Infotainment Park", set up by the pro-CPM Malabar Tourism Development Co-operative. We decided to spend time and money on better things. Shibuchayan had a strange idea of having kappa and beef from from "ഷര്ട്ടിടാത്ത അപ്പച്ചന്റെ കട", and we we were on the look out for a place matching the requirement. Sadly, we couldn't find any and so we had lunch from a small hotel at Bekal. We were lucky to get anything at all, because it was almost 3 and I can say without much exaggeration that we finished everything they had to serve!
By the time we reached Sudeep's place, his dad had arranged fresh കള്ള് for us. It is one of the most refreshing and tasty drinks I've ever tried. Wish I could find a way to keep കള്ള് sweet for a longer time... It's got great potential as an energy drink! There was also a brief singing session, which was kind of a tradition for Sudeep's family.
It was a long day and we all slept like logs (Which we do even otherwise.. he he) in preparation for next day's trek. A trek to Paithalmala was planned on Sunday. Nobody knew much about the place but we took a chance and decided to go. We hired a jeep to get there, around 30 km from Kannur.
They went around asking for places where the French used to stay and all they got were cold stares and an occasional laugh. Finally, someone was kind enough to direct them to Mukundan himself.
Photos: Sudeep, Ashik, Syam
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