It's actually pretty easy to figure out when u reach Kerala. I mean, other than that u'll see green all around. Few pointers though. Non-mallus please excuse. Mallus, please dont beat me up!!!
U Know U Re In Kerala When...
U see all the chetas n ungles on the road wearing their shirts tucked out, full sleeves, unfailingly (is that a real word???) folded up, regardless of whether they are wearing trousers or gud ol' munduAll chechies n aundies with hair shining black with coconut oil, n a gold chain around their neck
Compound walls of all houses will carry painted advertisements, or the words "evide parasiyam pathikeruthe"- "stick no bills"
Every house, regardless of the size, will have one maavu, one thengu, n if possibel one plaavu
Every other house will have the roof made of oodu (mangalore tiles, i think!!). The modern ones, will have a cemented roof, with oodu fixed on top...chumma oru ethinic style ;)
Every second hoadring on the road will advertise some jewellery shop "Bhima Gold, Pure Gold"
There will be more bakeries, sorry, "bakers" than medical stores.
Shops will have names like Vee Tee, n Kay Bee, Jay Yem. (seriously!!!)
There will be more private buses on the road than KSRTC ones, And every single one of them will be lovingly christened "Robin" or "Shlimar" or "Gurudeva", or if u re in Cochin- Kottayam side, it will be "St.George", "St.Jude", "St.Joeseph".
Oh well, guess thats what makes this place so damn special!
No place like home!!!