Alappuzha: The fourteen German tourists, who reached Alappuzha on bicycles, were impressed with the district’s picturesque landscapes and warm hospitality, but, at the same time, are shocked by the local people’s attitude towards waste management.
“This place is blessed with splendid beaches and serene backwaters and lush green paddy fields, but it is sad to see people littering the roads and throwing garbage in public places indiscriminately. It is high time the authorities did something to ensure proper garbage disposal,” said Franc, a team member.
After flying down from Germany, the group spent some days in Goa before beginning their road trip to the ‘Venice of the East’. They cycled for 18 days and covered a distance of over 800km to reach Alappuzha.
“We are excited to be here as it is our maiden trip to Kerala,” Franc said.
According to him, the entire team is thoroughly enjoying the stay in Alappuzha, but piles of rotting waste along beaches and lakesides are a big turn off.
The 14-member globetrotting team consists of seven men and women who hail from completely different backgrounds - there are doctors, engineers and salesmen in the group. Ten of them are over the age of 60.
After cycling through different tourist spots in Alappuzha, they stopped by a roadside tea stall in Kallupalam to enjoy a cup of tea. But as the shop was bustling with customers, V. V. Joseph, a local guide, took them to another teashop in Chunkam.
After relaxing for a while sipping the warm drink, they crossed the Chunkam bridge and headed towards the Kannitta Jetty along with Joseph.
The legend of Bhagat Singh
Antney, the junior most member of the team, grew curious when he saw a poster of Bhagat Singh pasted on the jetty’s wall. He appeared to be overawed by the revolutionary leader’s life story when the guide narrated it to him.
The group visited Kainakary and Nedumudi in the afternoon, cycling along the narrow lanes while lapping up scenic beauty of the countryside and breathing in fresh air.
They will begin their return journey on Saturday.