Madurai Ashok Itdc Hotel
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... of the day were a diversion. Komuli is the border town between the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The area is known as 'Pepper Hill' for reasons I surely need not explain.
The detour meant we could visit a spice plantation. We arrived at noon at Ravi's Plantation. Syed, the son of the owner showed us around. He was knowledgeable and entertaining, having a hands on approach with the ladies. Points deducted, however, for wearing a Barcelona shirt.
... market we went to an upmarket restaurant for pre-dinner drinks and then went up to the rooftop restaurant for dinner. Madurai is a holy place and the other guests in the restaurant were quite reserved. A couple of members of the group had one tipple too many and it did not go down well with the locals, the hotel owners or a police chief who was in the restaurant at the time! Fortunately, they were let off with a warning so all was ...
... the time had come to visit the temple at the heart of this city. Apparently Sri Meenakshi is one of the biggest or most important or busiest or something temples. Honestly every temple has some claim to fame here and I can no longer keep track. I guess it brings in the cheddar via donating worshippers. Some research suggests in the order over 60 million rupees (approx USD $1 million) a year for this particular temple.
The legend, or raison ...
... for teaching sisters across the world through Aravind’s network. All pretty cool stuff. And whilst we both left feeling like we really managed to do something really worthwhile and achieve our goals in the end, my God was it a challenge on the way there! Impossible to get into it all… so here are just a few examples:
· It took both of us at least a week to work out what the hell we were actually expected to do. In many ways we ...
... Gandhi. From there we visited a book binding factory, a metal working factory, a banana market, and a laundry place. All of the work in the factories was done by hand, including the shaping of metal pans, buckets and other items. It was definitely interesting to see how some of the goods are made. The workers work hard at repetitive tasks and don't get paid very much (the average wage is about $4 USD). ...