Highlights of Madurai

Madurai, about 3 hours by train south of Trichy, has 2 main sights: the big Sri Meenakshi Temple, and the Gandhi Memorial Museum. And lots of tailor shops. The Sri Meenakshi Temple (Rs50/$1.25, + Rs50/$1.25 for camera) was built in 1506 in Dravidian architecture. The outer wall surrounds a 6ha/15acre compound. There are 12 gopurams … Continue reading Highlights of Madurai

Leaving Madurai late tonight for Kanyakumari

At 2:10 in the morning, that is, on a night train that puts me in at 6:30 in the morning. I have a sleeper berth in AC3 class – that’s open compartments of 6 berths (3 per side) with A/C. Since I have a cheap hotel room (Rs160/$4 per 24 hours, I took it an … Continue reading Leaving Madurai late tonight for Kanyakumari

Tips/thoughts/feelings: Food

After 17 days in (south) India, here is what I’ve discovered/experienced regarding food: Note that I haven’t gotten sick yet (knock on wood) and the food has been very tasty and cheap. Only 7 of my meals have been non-vegetarian (5 of them were fresh seafood in Mamallapuram and Varkala) and I can’t say that i miss the … Continue reading Tips/thoughts/feelings: Food

Currently in Trichy (Tiruchirappalli)

I’m currently in Tiruchirappalli, known as Trichy, pretty much in the centre of the state of Tamil Nadu. Trichy has 2 major temples, one of them called Rock Fort and is built on top of a 83m rock outcropping – it takes 437 rock-carved steps to get to the top! Today (day 10 in Tamil Nadu) I … Continue reading Currently in Trichy (Tiruchirappalli)