Annamalai International Hotel
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... the small fires are lit.
At the top the kids are blessed by the priests in front of a Ganesha effigy and a bindi marked on their foreheads. We enjoy the view and recover our breath. Our pilgrim friends have won me over with their infectious enthusiasm and my dark mood has lifted. Those challenges and rewards are part of the allure I remind myself.
We head to a restaurant and eat our meal under the gaze of the entire staff. No other diners were in ...
... s such a Pleasant and wonderful place.
As all of us were hungry, we started exploring places for breakfast and finally settled for "Hotel Du Par" near the beach road. It was pretty decent food with a mix of Indian and continental. From there we went on to check into our Hotel "Pleasant Inn" near to beach road which I felt to be pretty tidy and worth money.
Prior to this we went to Auroville, where our runners were to collect ...
... that the clouds parted for us to see this exquisite beam of light shooting down through the centre of this impressive space. Thanks sun, you made our day very special indeed!
Trying not to trip over our own feet as we looked all around we moved up again, walking silently on the walking platforms which ran around the interior of the dome, looking around at how the view changed, taking it all in, the circular marble map penetrated by this forceful beam of light, the ...
... to leave on the balcony. So much for all the karma **** they preach at this ashram. So tomorrow we shall wake up and get some breakky, then the plan is to head to the cafe w wifi and sit there for a few hours whilst drinking Masala Chai and reading/using tinternet! We also decided we'd go out early for breakky, and return in time to have an extra shower...just to get our money's worth as for the next 16hrs it's a sleeper bus, and I doubt we'll be ...
... yes as we didn't think it would be a problem. First mistake. The warning bells should have started going off when we entered the room and were told to get naked and wear nothing but a blue, tie-on thong... A bit extreme in hindsight. What followed was a series of vigorous massages on various parts of the body which ought to be reserved for private moments in the bedroom. If this wasn't bad enough, there was copious of oil involved and at points ...