Badhalukal 2017, the Kerala Vikalp Sangam (Alternatives Confluence) was held on 10-12 April, 2017, at Bodhigram, north of Thiruvananthipuram. Over 130 people participated, though most of them on the first day, rapidly declining to about 60 on Day 2 and 25-30 on the last day! This lack of a critical mass on all 3 days, a rather formal atmosphere set by a seminar-like first day, some key missing groups and movements, and inadequate sharing of actual experiences were weaknesses. Strengths included some stimulating discussion as expected in a state like Kerala, some great grassroots examples, the presence of well-known alternative artists who have stepped out of the commercial sphere and who created some spontaneous art there, lots of great local food, a wonderful group of young volunteers, and nice evening dance/music programmes (spoilt somewhat by blaring speakers … no idea why people want the whole world to listen to them?!). Met some great people, heard some inspiring stories, witnessed the proverbial Kerala thunderstorm, sweated a lot, and much else! Some images from the Kerala VS, organised by ISDG, Chalakkudy River Protection Samithi, Kalpavriksh, Shanthigram, Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi, Sabarmathi Foundation, Darsanam, Thanal, and Bodhigram.