Travel Blogs from Madurai
... phone. He was clearly joking though and we all had a good laugh while I silently panicked. The phone “thief” returned after getting instructions from a nearby stall owner and after conveying the instructions of our driver we received our goods and got into the auto.
A white knuckled ride later we arrived and were ushered into yet another completely empty restaurant. This one had reserved signs on several tables, but at the end of our meal ...
We arrived late at Madurai Station with sweaty sleeping children draped over our tired shoulders. Lots of people had bedded down on the floor both inside and outside the station. Some waiting for delayed trains and many homeless families, a sad first impression, but as we were to find out Madurai, with its mixture of both wealth and poverty on display, felt more like “real India” where 80% of its citizens still live under the poverty ...
... of the signs around the Meenakshi temple in Madurai still announce that you can pay a camera fee and shoot away till your hearts content. The staff at the southern entrance had other ideas and the formality of the entrance procedures coupled with the scanning equipment available they appeared to be able to enforce them. Maybe one of the other three gates might be more lenient. We tried but the east gate staff were more probing than the south. Not only do you have to give ...
... not exactly her speciality. When she tried to suggest she might help out with exam prep she was told the day before to come in and take a class all day the next day - without any idea what they needed to know or any idea of the age of the class! No thanks!
We coped with challenges like these in one of two ways really. The first was to go away for the weekend so we could leave it all behind (or just the Sunday in most cases given 6-day weeks ...
... factory (and a peek into another real sweat shop making dish towels). I have a couple of videos that I will try to post with this entry.
The banana market was really good for photos - the guys there work during the night, so the banana sales job during the day is very 'relaxed'. As elsewhere, people were friendly and some of the banana guys wanted pictures, which i will send after getting home.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Fitness/Health center