There were 48 students along with 4 staff on the optional trip facilitated by AFS India, from 3rd to 9th April. AFS India initiated the grant of scholarship to participants who undertook in applying for a 1 minute video on creating awareness on World Autism Day. There were 6 scholarship winners, who were selected by an NGO’s expert who work exclusively in the area of Autism awarness. The places visited were Munnar, Thekkady, Alleppey, Kovalam, Trivandrum and Kanyakumari. This road trip has been poised with variety of sightseeing from the hills of Munnar to the beaches of Kovalam. This also had the opportunity to know the cultural aspect of Kerala, where they witnessed the ancient martial arts and classical dance, kathakali, apart from eating Dosas and drinking Coconut water.

At Tea Gardens, Munnar

The students enjoyed the fun part with elephant safari, being on the houseboat of Alleppey and further viewing the sunsets of Kanyakumari. The entire trip was poised with mixed feelings of reunions and to recognize the worldview of entirely different culture.

Elephant Safari, Thekkady; En route to Munnar, Cheeyappara Waterfalls; On houseboat, Alleppey