The most basic traffic rules written in Malayalam hang from a traffic signal post at Kalady junction on the MC Road in Kerala. (Traffic signals are called just “traffic” in Kerala. So what is traffic actually called? A “block”. Yeah we are complicated.
The rules written are as follows:
- Don’t drink and drive.
- Always wear seatbelts.
- Do not overtake from the left.
- Do not use mobiles while driving.
- Two-wheelers keep to the left side of the road.
- Obey traffic rules.
- Prevent accidents and accident deaths.
– Superintendent of Police, Ernakulam Rural.
As dusk falls after the sun had set, a ferry service boat of the Kerala State Water Transportation Corporation (KSWTC) cruises along a picturesque backwater channel near Kavalam in Alappuzha district, Kerala. KSWTC is the poor brother of the KSRTC (which is not rich in any way though) and caters to the local populace living around the waterways of Kuttanad, the mind-blowingly beautiful region of the famous backwaters of Kerala, for whom boats and waterways are the primary means of transport and not roads. Not as glamorous as houseboats but these dilapidated boats are the cheapest way of enjoying the backwaters of Kuttanad. You can board these from Alappuzha to Changanasserry and back.