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... and traffic.
When we finally arrive it makes sense. Palani is a pilgrimage town for Hindus. Away from the town and station two huge boulders sit on the plain just some 500 meters apart each with a temple on the summit. Hotels and a busy market surround the bases of the monoliths, servicing the steady flow of pilgrims. Our driver delivers us into the waiting arms of a guesthouse proprietor. The hotels are of an Indian standard and are therefore even less ...
... for the marathon and to my surprise Auroville is such a peaceful place. I have seen this place being visited by most of the foreigners learning various Indian arts like Yoga etc. This place is full of greenery with no hustle of city life. This seemed to be a place if you want to have a day off from the busy life.
Lunch was an expedition. We decided to try out the cuisine of "Chettinad" and it turned out to be terrible. Both Veg and ...
... we stepped closer towards, well, towards we didn’t quite know what to be honest. Then all of a sudden we emerged inside this huge, gigantic sphere, and only once inside did the size of the sphere really hit us, it was huge! Everything was white, pure white, floors, walkways, the structure itself was pure white, dazzling, cavernous and brilliant. Inside the domes chamber and in contrast to the gold on the outside, the chamber walls had clear red triangular patterns which lit ...
... of surviving another kilometer of road is its own reward.
The descent straight to hell awaited us when we arrived in Pondicherry after dark as we had a slightly lost driver and thus an unexpectedly extended scenic route from Chetinad. Take away being able to clearly see the traffic coming at us because vehicle lights are optional, the bicycles don't have reflectors, never mind rear lights and light reflective strips don't feature at ...
After having cooled down in the mountains of the Western Ghats we decided to change our itinerary a bit as some places were just too difficult to get to. Sadly, we had to skip the former
Danish colony of Tranquebar, which was obviously on Lou’s wish list. Denmark hasn’t colonialised many places after all, so it would have been quite unique. Instead, we headed to Pondicherry on the coast.
Pondicherry is wonderfully unique in ...