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In the afternoon we got a tuk tuk over the river to the Temples at Srirangam. Temples like this are seen all over Tamil Nadu and they are decorated with animals and people and brightly painted
and quite exquisite. Unfortunately this complex of temples was all shrouded in netting and plastic as they were being renovated and repainted. Disappointing not to be able to see them!
... between the deity images are panels showing positions of classical dance.
Upon careful observation one can find the British presence on the stone carvings of the temple, with a few portraits of an English lady and an English Man carved out along with other depictions.
We next go to the museum where we could see many of the monolithic carvings of the Cholas ranging back to as old as 10th century.
... This was also the wrong bus. A couple of stops later we were kicked off (without paying) and told to wait for bus number 1. A few minutes later bus number 1 arrived and we tried again. Third time was indeed the charm. Still have no idea why the first two buses weren't the correct number 1.
The first temple was Jambukeswarar. The legend of this temple involves two disciples that were turned into an elephant and a spider. They started off as a team looking after ...
... filled as more people arrived. A couple of people climbed up into the luggage rack above the seats, giving them an impromptu bed. We confirmed at various times that the train WAS going to Madurai.
We saw the Swiss couple who arrived fairly late, well after our carriage was full, so Murray recommended they try up the front. They were also concerned that the train was on the wrong platform, but we reassured them as best we could. About half an hour ...
... we decide we'd better go out, following the advice to visit the Palace first, as it closes at 5pm, then the Temple, which doesn't open til 4.00 PM. We flagged down a three wheeler right outside the hotel, think he has said 100Rs to the palace, so get in, and proceed up the main road, in the same direction we arrived. Strike a lot of traffic in the city, then cut through the University to arrive at a white painted building with a wide passageway. We have a short ...