Just back from my first visit to Kerela, unfortunately a business trip. My very first visit & I realised why it is called "God's Own Country"...
I fact, I traveled by road from Kochi to Thiruvananthapuram & Kerela is really a beautiful place. For someone from Gujarat, it is an out of this world experience - so much greenery all around (seems, there are more trees in Kerela than mallu's all over the world), no dust (you can travel with the windows down), hear the birds when you stop by the roadside even late in the morning!
But I discovered the real essence of the famous tagline, when the gentleman across the table told me in a very friendly manner, "You are not from Kerela. We will confirm the time for the meeting. You will reach here. But some bandh may be declared. Some strike may take place. Some minister may die. We will then have to cancel it. This is Kerela. Such things happen."
Thanks, chettai. I would still come & welcome the day off!!