Travel Blogs from Kodaikanal
... to Kodai, a more laid back town than the others. Again, more great driving roads and views and another spectacular sunrise and sunset combo. This time I had a room perched on the edge of the hill looking right out across the plains below. I could have spent a week just sat outside me room marvelling at the views!
Not much to say here, simply a night stop on the journey that was turning out to be more spectacular the expected.
... in. It was freezing, but we slept until 2pm. Shane had a trapped nerve in his leg from the cramped bus journeys and we vowed never to travel by bus at night again! On our way out for a juice we asked at reception when our room would be ready - they said fifteen minutes. However when we returned an hour later they took us our room which hadn't been cleaned from the last guests and stank of urine! After our room had been cleaned ...
During the time of the British Raj, many of the white-faced foreigners in South India struggled a little with the heat. To solve this problem they found the nearest big hill and built a small town (or hill station) to provide a little relief from the hot sun. Kodaikanal is one such place, and, as a white-faced foreigner, what a relief! it is amazing what a couple of kilometers of altitude can do.
... goddess in human flesh. There was a good community of fellow travellers passing through, intermingled with devotees who were so obsessed with the Saint's presence that they would touch a sticker in the elevator with a photo of Amma on in and touch it to their lips in praise. I must confess that I had trouble paying homage to a human goddess; I guess my Christian roots, defunct as they are, run deeper than I realized.
... peak in Southern India, about 2500m. It was really spectacular, the tea plants are just an astonishing array of green and gold, and the countryside is great to walk over.
I was on the trek with a french couple who were in there 60's, so at times we went pretty slow up some of the steeper sections, but it was still pretty tough and I was feeling the lazy afternoons from Varkala sitting back and drinking beers! The walk went through ...
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