Travel Blogs from Mysore
... and even a couple of stalls selling long black human hair. We were told the hair comes from women who shave their heads as part of a religious pilgrimage to a Hindu temple.
We also saw numerous vendors selling colorful powders used for making bindis and other symbolic marks. A bindi is the traditional bright colored dot in the center of a Hindu women's forehead. A vermillion colored streak ...
The travel continues on to Mysore, thus we travelled by train from Trivandrum to Kozhikode and then by bus climbing the Western ghats and witnessing the change of scenary, going from lush green of Kerala to the more dry colours of Karnataka hills.
We read many good things about Mysore boasting a "charismatic appeal", well ....since we are not very fond of cities Mysore scored some good points. Paying a visit to Mysore Palace with the audio guide provided at the entrance ...
... visited some markets and tried various yummy street foods. The next day we visited the fabulous Maharaja Palace. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take any pictures inside but it was absolutely fantastic and breathtaking! Such glamour and riches seemingly from '1001 Nights'! Just imagine Chateau Versailles (Paris) in Asian-style ;-). The interior boasts a kaleidoscope of stained glass, carved woods, mosaic floors, ivory inlaid doors, colorful paintings and a grand collection ...
... peaceful one night stay, and our hosts were very
warm and welcoming.
The following morning we were off again
After the boat ride back to the village,
we caught a local bus which we were expecting to fight our way onto,
but it turned out to be quite empty when we got on, so no panic. A
couple of hours later we were in Intrepid's own accommodation in
Kochi.- a lovely detached house ...
... next day, with our bearings and accommodation sorted, we visited the magnificent Mysore Palace. Although the outside is impressive, the interior is the reason to visit: every bit of it is a work of art, from the paintings on the wall depicting the Dussehra celebrations to the marble inlaid floors, the rosewood doors intricately inlaid with ivory, the stained glass overhead, and the ceiling paintings between the massive arches. From within, the Maharahajah ...