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Thrissur to Coimbatore

The journey from Thrissur in Kerala to Coimbatore takes about 4 hours. The train passes through several stations, and travels through a stunning mountain range that separates Kerala from Tamil Nadu- the end of the Western Ghats, a world heritage listed natural wonder.




As usual, I travelled with an unreserved ticket, and didn’t see a conductor at all during my trip. I have an unfortunate, unavoidable habit of falling asleep while travelling: I sat on my window seat, had my arm over my backpack and slept. Being a seasoned public transport sleeper, I always make sure to put at least one earbud headphone in and set an alarm for 10 minutes before my scheduled arrival time, to make sure I don’t miss my stop! So, I woke up to my alarm a few minutes out of Coimbatore, and hopped off.

Trying to get from the station home was a nightmare- the taxi guys in Coimbatore are very difficult to negotiate with. The group was trying to charge me 3 times what I had paid to get to the station four days earlier- apparently the cost of petrol had risen significantly since last I was there (it hadn’t). Eventually a rickshaw wallah wandered over and offered to undercut what the taxi guys were trying to charge me by about 100 rupees ($2), so I just went with him.


Apu the Super Dog

This is Apu. He is a super dog. He lives at Kannur, in Kerala. He is approximately one and a half years old, but spent most of his life living in a small cage. For some daft reason, the people who looked after him kept him in a small cage, and didn’t let him roam free.

But a few days before this photo was taken, a very kind hearted soul released him from the cage and took the time to acquaint him with the outside world. Baby steps were taken, and he was kept chained for two days before he was allowed to roam free.

Apu is such a fantastic dog. He thinks that he is a cat, so he runs up to you and tries to rub between your legs. He is so full of love but does not know how to show it: in his excitement he tries to become one with you, and gets so close and affectionate.

If he is far away when he sees you, he runs up to you and half leaps, running into you like a cannonball. Luckily he is not a huge dog, so the force isn’t enough to knock you over.


When he runs around free you can see that he has not had freedom for long. He is still unsure what to do with it, and races around looking at everything in as short a period of time, in case the freedom is fleeting.

The way he looks at you is so full of innocence and curiosity.

I miss you Apu and wish that we could stay together!