Eduardo and Roger, great grandsons of Ramuni Paniker, travelled throughout Kerala by bicycle in February 2017. Here’s their report discovering by bike God’s own land.
“Traveling by bicycle is never easy. You expose yourself to the climate, to the land, to the inhabitants of the place. You suffer and enjoy it. It forces you to know your environment to adapt to it, so you learn to prioritize, because all you have is a bike and what is in the bags that hang from it.
In a country far from the Welfare State, being a Westerner can generate prejudices (many of them rightly) on the part of the locals. But traveling by bike those biases disappear because you reduce your position to a humbler and less privileged, minimizing the differences with the people around you. This is how you get to the heart of the territory and its people.”