After we freshened up in Nagercoil, it was back to the vans for another short ride to Panagudi where a huge welcoming party was awaiting us. A band, photographers and countless well-wishers were gathered there. And of course, I shouldn't forget the garlands. This time, everyone got one, but the biggest ones were reserved for me and Vivek.
After lunch, we took a trip to Kuttralam, the local waterfalls, where the water is said to have healing powers. It was amazing how cool and refreshing the water was. I hadn't originally planned to dive in, but I couldn't resist. Actually, Vivek couldn't resist dragging me in. My mom, aunt, and Vivek's parents were way ahead of me.
Panagudi is located close to the Western Ghats, a large mountain range in India. Without any big buildings to obstruct our view, we were able to see some amazing vistas on our road trip. It made me realize that there are still some incredibly beautiful, unspoiled places in the world.
After the long day, we headed back to Vivek Hospital. It was hard to believe I'd only be in Panagudi for another four days.