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bee’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 14 Jun 2006

Location: Madurai, Kanyakumari & Trichy, India

MapHi all,

Madurai, what can I say. The only attraction in this bustling city is the Sri Meenakshi Temple complex. Wasn't my favourite place, but not all that bad either. A bit difficult to find a cafe though.

Headed to Kanyakumari, India's version to England's Lands End. It eerily feels like being at Blackpool, with the time warp feeling and sea-shell vendors everywhere!!! The is a big temple full of bats, but really decorative, two islands with memorials on them, the Ghandi memorial and sunset point. We also went to Baywatch, India's waterpark. It was crap compared to anything I've been to in England, but humourous in how primitive indians think luxury is.

It's really hot in Madurai and Kanyakumari, basically the whole state of Tamil Nadu. The views from all the bus rides are flat arid land and sometimes scenes like the grand canyon.

We left Kanyakumari a couple of days ago on an 11hr bus ride in the torturous heat of the sun to Trichy. Can you imagine not being able to go to the loo for that long?

So far we've seen the Rock Fort Temple. We had to take a local intercity bus. However, everything is written in Tamil. No one can speak Hindi, some speak very little English and they all expect me to be able to speak in Tamil, despite looking Japanese to them.

Today we will be heading for two more temples across the Cauvery River. We're just waiting for the sun to calm down a bit.

Catch you all later.

Bee x