“If you want to see the real India, you must travel through its villages.” Many travellers who have visited India have said this earlier. Here in Kerala, a 28-year-old man, Shareef Chungathara, from Chungathara, Nilambur, is of this opinion as his main objective in life is to travel through the unsung routes. And that too to the remote villages in India. The travel freak, who began his expeditions around 2010 soon after he became financially independent following employment, has roamed throughout the country more than four times.
“I would like to be known as a traveller. To travel has always been there in my instincts. So when I got employed in Kochi in 2010, all I dreamt was to accumulate some money to travel round the country,” he said. Shareef’s initial journeys were in trains and buses. All his travels are less expensive as he stays in make-shift tents and chooses the cheapest mode of travel. “If I travel in train, I choose to sleep at the railway station. I don’t bother. Sometimes I travel in the attire of a monk. In such appearance you get great acceptance in the northern states. I have experienced it,” he chuckles.