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4 Dependable Ways to Get Around Kerala

4 Dependable Ways to Get Around Kerala

Kerala is a highly popular tourist destination, with visitors flocking in by the tens of thousands each year. The reason for this is the distinctive geographical landscapes that adorn this shore-lined, clean state of southwestern India. Being one of the most prevalent places people want to spend their vacation getaway, Kerala boasts the ideal climate with natural forest habitats of the wildlife, peaceful beaches, backwaters for every boating enthusiast, festivals in the urban destinations, and exquisite historic monuments and temples. Here are 4 ways to get around this stunning vacation destination.

1. By Bus

Many visitors consider using one of the many types of buses to travel throughout Kerala. There are over 6,000 buses that transport tourists throughout the state, as well as thousands of schedules and stopping points. In terms of traveling between states, government buses and private inter-state buses are dependable modes of transportation for residents and tourists alike. Booking long-distance travel of specific buses can also be done through various travel agencies or the company website of the particular bus.

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Other busing options are privately-owned and fare very well. Private buses travel throughout the state as well as to and from Kerala and across state lines. Experienced tourists would recommend to choosing the air-conditioned, Volvo bus service that several companies offer, as these buses are very reliable and high-quality in terms of service.

2. Take the Train

Tourists that would rather travel longer distances along the state of Kerala enjoy the train and the many options for station stops. There are many trains that span the distance between Kochi and Kozhikode with lovely views of the coast, as these routes take you approximately 185 kilometers along the seaside. However, there are many rail lines throughout the state, and several that take passengers either from the central part to the western part or vice versa. Many of the trains are air conditioned for a more comfortable trip, and for those that are not, many travelers opt to travel by night to enjoy a cooler trip. Stopping at a town station or village is convenient when taking the passenger train, as tourists can stop, stretch their legs, and walk amongst the locals while enjoying the many sights and cuisine that each area offers.

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3. Enjoy a Taxi Ride

One of the most popular and exciting ways to travel across Kerala is by taxi. Tourist taxis in Kerala are available throughout Kerala and are typically white with a black taxi sign on the back. Regular taxis are readily located throughout the state, in places such as hotels, bus stations, boat harbor areas, the airport, and at train stations. Taxis make exploring the state more convenient for travelers as they can travel from train to taxi and bus to taxi. This mode of transportation may also come in the form of four-wheel drive automobiles, depending on the type of terrain in which the visitor is traveling.

Radio taxis are also available from companies such as Fast Cabs, Uber, Ola, CelCabs, and more. All taxis have specific rates which are fixed by the companies in which they are established with. Taxi fares in Kerala vary depending on the companies, travel distance and hours. There are even taxis exclusively for female travelers with more of a “feminine feel” to them, such as She-Taxis in many of the major cities around Kerala.

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4. Motorbikes and Cycles

For the more adventure-type enthusiast, motorbikes and cycles are a way to fulfill the cravings of the outdoor feel and scenery. Experiencing Kerala via motorbike allows sight-seers to become closer with what’s known as “God’s Own Country”, which is what Kerala is commonly known to be. Breathing in the fresh air as riders are one with nature, riding along the rainforests and mountainous areas, or tantalizing their senses with the smells of cuisine in the towns are the benefits to taking a motorbike or cycle from place to place. Many companies offer tours in specific packages for bikers, which offers a safer experience, as they guide the riders to and and from each stop.

Visitors can take it easy with these chauffeured methods of travel, which is much more reliable and safer than driving a car on their own, especially on rough and narrow roads. Travelling in and around Kerala is a rewarding experience; fortunately this stunning state of India has many travel amenities. All travelers can benefit from the dependable, safe, and reliable methods of transportation in Kerala, whether they are first-time visitors or seasoned travelers.

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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