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... dotted around the extensive grassy areas of the walled temple compound, including one with one of India’s largest statues of Nandi (Shiva’s sacred bull) facing the main temple building. Cut from a single rock, this 16th-century Nayak creation is 6m long.A long, columned assembly hall leads to the central shrine with its 4m-high Shiva lingam, beneath the superb 61m-high vimana (tower). The assembly ...
... good giggle at our expense. It turned out that tourists never get on the 1F, and they pointed us back to the two buses, the rear of which had a #1 sign on its rear window.
We were pretty sure we were on the right track, so settled into the front seats again, paid our 12Rs each fares, and got some good photos through the front window on the way, over the bridge, through town, close to the Rock Fort, past the entrance to the main bazaar, which would have ...
... up some of the sunset colour and glowing quite pink, then had a look at the Interpretive centre, where they explained how they found the early frescoes under 17th century paintings, and managed to recover the lower layer without destroying the upper layer. Of considerable interest were photos of the site at various stages, and how it looks now is a really long way from what early photos show, with the main temple tower standing, but the rest of the site heaps of rubble, ...
... did a quick overnight trip up into the hills to Munnar where tea and spices are grown. We stayed at another cute little guesthouse recommended by Pio and Line that had a peaceful garden and patio area. We took an auto tour of the area, saw "wild" monkeys stealing food from the roadside stands, got run through the tourist mill of trinket and souvenier shops, and toured the tea museum/factory. The museum included an educational video that ended up feeling more like propaganda and gave ...
... should be an easy task, only 2 hours away by bus and our guide book says there is a bus every 15 minutes. In a deluge of rain it took an hour via tuk tuk to get to the bus station. Tuk tuks have no doors, hence we got rather wet on the way and it the fun didn't end once we reached bus station, it was a wil goose chase trying to find which platform we needed. There was no information board, so we had to go to each bus stop and ...