Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina - Jammin thru India

Day 7 - Aluva to Calicut

Driving in Kerala is another kettle of fish, discovers Jay as he takes in local driving customs along with local treats, Ayurveda and coconut water

A grounded bus near Thrissur in sharp contrast to the madly-driven buses of Kerala.

Today was a short riding day, so I took it easy in the morning and left at a comfortable time. I was soon back on Kerala's twisting roads with all her mad bus drivers. These bus drivers are really daredevils in disguise who come flying down on the opposite lane and expect everyone to pull off for them. When people tell me riding a motorcycle is dangerous, I ask them if they've ever taken a public bus!

Stopping by the Ayurveda College in Kottakkal, where I gave a short talk to a class.

I reached Kottakkal and stopped by the Ayurveda College there. My sister studied with a friend whose father is the principal of the college. He told me that it was a very old institute and will be celebrating its centenary in 2017. Ayurveda is a wonderful alternative to Western medicine and I'm glad to see so much interest in encouraging today's generation to become certified professionals. I was given a small tour around the college and gave an impromptu speech to a group of students.
Being served some delicious, crispy achappam on my arrival in Calicut (Kozhikode).

Enjoying some refreshing coconut water on the way to Calicut (Kozhikode).

I got back on the road and cooled off with some coconut water. It's so refreshing and perfect for getting some electrolytes back in my system. From there, it was a short ride into Calicut (Kozhikode) where I met up with my sister's friend.

Enjoy the helmet camera video. It's not for the faint of heart!



Distance clocked today: 189 km. Total: 1,544 km


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TRAVEL NOTES

Ashtamudi Lake in Kollam district of Kerala is the second-largest and deepest wetland ecosystem in the state and a Ramsar site.
Read more: Ashtamudi - Kerala's best-kept secret?

Calicut, or Kozhikode, is Kerala's third-largest city and, historically, a major trading port for spices. Its links with Arabia, dating back to the 7th century or earlier, have inflected Kozhikode's culture, language and cuisine with distinctive flavour. The region's flavoursome biryani, known as Moplah Biryani, is among its most-feted dishes.
Read more: Delicacies from Calicut

New to Ayurveda? The ancient Indian system of medicine is alive and thriving in Kerala. With the tourism industry giving spas and Ayurvedic health resorts a big boost, rejuvenating Ayurvedic massages have become more accessible.
Read more: An introduction to Ayurveda

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The Man. The Machine. The Story

There are love stories and love stories, but none tugs more at the heart than a tale of infinite departure. In March 2010, Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina, his beloved Suzuki DR650, left on a great journey back home to India. Jay quit his secure corporate job, sold his Chicago townhouse and every household possession, and left with sanDRina on a journey that saw them through 94,933 km, 32 countries, and 1,150 days on the road through the Global South -- from the USA through Latin America and Africa, heading towards India. At the core of this seemingly mindless pursuit was Jay’s desire to raise awareness about sustainability and a unique sentiment best described by an archaic Greek term, eudaimonia – the search for things that are true, good and beautiful. 

Homecoming isn’t complete unless you experience the country you call home in all her varied terrain and temperaments. And so Jay and sanDRina will embark on a journey of discovery through India. 

Yahoo India Travel follows Jay and sanDRina on their exhilarating discovery of India with daily updates from the road in words, pictures and video. If you have questions to ask, or words of encouragement for Jay and sanDRina, follow Jammin India on Twitter (hashtag #jamminindia). Also visit JamminGlobal.com for comprehensive accounts of his journey so far as well as snippets and trivia.