We have been to Kerala-the smallest
state on the northern tip of the Indian peninsula and stretching along
the Arabian sea. Places like Cochin, Alleppey, Trivandrum, and Quilon
are well known places for me and my wife Cherie. Through these places in
Kerala are worthwhile visiting ones, sadly, they have all been spoiled
by extensive tourism.
Cherie started her search for some other place
in Kerala which had not entered the tourists’ map and hence out of the
‘beaten track’. She pointed to me a district bordering Tamilnadu named
Palakkd (Old name Palghat) We were fascinated about Palakkad that is
actually a ‘gap’ between two mountain ranges. We collected as much
details about Palakkad as possible. There are so many sites about
Palakkad and a few homestays. We browsed all of them and found the ‘Ela
Homestay” [-] not only informative but welcoming also. It has been said
on the site that the owner of the house Dilip Kumar had been in Europe
for sometime and had worked in the Maldives.
We reserved all our apprehensions and contacted Dilip Kumar. We received his reply within hours in the most candid form.
a month in November 2007 we landed at the Palakkad railway junction
early in the morning. There at the station Dilip was waiting for us.
fifteen days stay at Ela home was really memorable. The house is a very
big one built according to the Kerala traditional architecture. There
are only three people in it. Dilip, his wife .Uma and his aged mother
Mangalam. They all took the utmost care to see that we were perfectly at
home. They never interfered in our personal affairs and didn’t cause
the slightest inconvenience to us. They are pure vegetarians and the
quality of the food cooked was exemplary. Every day we were asked about
our ‘vegetarian culinary preferences’ and the traditional food were
cooked ‘to suit our taste’!! The food was so delicious we used to be
keen to return to ‘Ela Home’ at night as we did not want to miss the
Almost every night after the dinner we would sit
and discuss about various aspects of life with Dilip and his family. On
the first day itself we were convinced they were quite knowledgeable.
and Uma speak perfect English but his mother speaks very little.) I
have to accept –with a little of blemish- that many topics about which
we westerns have a vague idea about are known to them without any