Malayali transgender actress Anjali Ameer is of the opinion that the chic city of Dubai in the UAE and the hill district of Wayanad in Kerala take a different hue each time you visit these mesmerizing places. Though Anjali had to shelve travel plans due to the pandemic, she is happy that she had been able to be part of two films and spend quality time with herself.
The actress loves to hit the road with people who are dear to her heart. “You feel safe when someone is around and can also share thoughts. I travel alone only for work,” says Anjali. Let’s see what the travel junkie has been into in recent times.
Not into solo travelling
The model-turned-actress is not into solo travelling for sure. “I am more concerned about my safety after becoming a woman. There are many people who love to travel alone but I need a companion while travelling. The main concern is my safety,” she adds.
The Himalayan trip
The plan was to travel to Himalayas in February with first stop at Delhi and from there to Kashmir, Kulu, Manali and then Nepal. “I was part of a 12-member group that journeyed from Delhi to Kashmir. The February winter was so bitter that some elderly people in the team found the going pretty tough and that forced us to abort the trip to Manali and Nepal. After the present testing times are over, I am planning to complete the tour,” the actress remembers.
Anjali has a great passion for travelling and an insatiable desire to explore new destinations. The actress doesn’t have a favourite tourist spot as she wants to travel as much as possible and enjoy the new vistas. She adores visiting places laden with rich history as those sojourns help her to know more about the bygone era. “While travelling through Kannur and Kasaragod, one can see age-old houses that reflect the sublime legacy of the region. Kasaragod is also dotted with a number of ancient temples,” Anjali notes.
Shifting sands of Dubai and Kasaragod
Anjali is in awe of Dubai and Kasaragod and is bowled over by the enchanting beauty of these two places. “You will never get bored visiting Dubai and Kasaragod as these two places are ever-changing,” the former model asserts.
The actress air-dashed to Dubai before the second lockdown and is of the opinion that the cosmopolitan city takes everyone by surprise with its alluring sights.
Shopping is another element that acts a catalyst for Anjali to hit the road time and again. And many a time the former model had travelled just to go on a shopping spree. Anjali makes it a point to buy something or the other from the place she visits even if there isn’t much to shop. “The objects bought during the leisure trips will carry tour memories for a long time to come,” she says.
The transgender actress has toured many places in India and her favourites are Punjab, Kashmir and Delhi. “I am a foodie and the cuisines of these regions are mouth-watering to say the least. I try to literally dig my teeth into the local traditional food of the places I visit,” the actress adds. Punjab has an array of delectable soups and even rice water is served as soup in this north Indian state. The highpoint of touring in India is that travel and accommodation expenses are much less compared to foreign travel. One can stay in inexpensive hotels and homestays that too safely, she notes.
After Anjali saw the Malayalam movie ‘Mazhavillu’, which was can canned in Germany, she always to tour that European country. The fascinating shots of tidy streets, the swanky cities and the picturesque greenery in Germany have created an urge in the actress to fly to Berlin. “I will definitely go to Germany. One day a ‘gandharvan’, a celestial being, would come and take me to my dream destination,” concludes Anjali.