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Our last day in India. A h alf day in Madurai with a late check-out then off to airport to catch a short flight to Chennai and then to Bangkok. Chennai was to be a 6 hour stop-over. After our somewhat disappointing evening as noted in the previous section we decided to have another crack at the Meenakshi Temple. This temple is another World Heritage Site and after looking at it, I'm not surprised. Again our photos don't ...
... to the Harijans. Gandhi fasted, he wanted Hindus to be one and for untouchability to be wiped out. Temple doors were flung open to welcome the previously shunned Harijans and the British attempt to split them failed.
In 1939, **** kicked off with Hitler and Britain tried to drag India into it, but India was like, get ******! We'll help you as a free nation. You reckon you're fighting for freedom? Well free us ...
... bog, crossing streams balancing on bamboo bridges, up steep muddy tracks (it had poured with rain during the night) and down the same. At midday we finally reached our bamboo raft. We spent another hour being paddled to the remote area where we might see one of the 400 elephants or 48 tigers in the park. Disembarking, we wandered about in the jungle for two hours looking for elephants. At last we saw one huge one, and some (not me) saw 2. Then ...
... Tirumalai Naicker Palace. Lucas asked how many people wanted a camera entry fee. Mr Space Cadet asked how much. Finding the amount within his cheap budget, he muttered about an acceptable market price; what a ********.
The palace was made out of brick and mortar. It is large but not imposing, the white columns lacking gravitas. Pigeon droppings have made a mess of the place.
In the room known as Natakasala, the king would watch his harem and ...
... we had to leave for the train station as the hotel was on the other side of the river and the owner himself had to take us across in a small canoe as there was nobody else to do it. We were actually playing with the idea of staying the night and getting a cab the next morning what would take only 6 hours but would kill our budget, especially when we were having big hits by transfer and visa to Sri Lanka. Even if I was feeling pretty ...