Madurai Ashok Itdc Hotel
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... led down an aisle devoted entirely to bananas - 16 types ranging from the green and yellow with which we are familiar to orange, red and black toned varieties. We tasted som tiny lady fingers -delicious! As we progressed through the market the stall holders sat displaying their day's stock which could be any of fragrant herbs, fresh vegetables, sweet ripe fruit or aromatic spices. Of the vegetables giant yams were the most surprising. ...
... any cash) we made our way back to our hotel. Dead on our feet, and exhausted from the heat (conservative estimates put our joint water consumption for the day at between 11 and 12 litres) we collapsed. After some dinner that evening we returned for mangoes, sewing club and a disappointingly non-sexual version of 'Titanic' (they didn't even show the drawing!); a grand final night in India. And so, on Friday morning, after a small breakfast and a round of packing, we took a ...
... transport for the day first stop Thirumalai Naicker Palace, recently restored, a beautiful place with amazing coloured ceilings and carvings, apparently they would have originally been all white. Only one quarter of the original palace remains as the king who's place it was was told by an astrologer the only way to save a poorly grandchild was to destroy it: it worked the child survived but the king died! Next stop Sri Meenakshi Temple, the biggest temple complex ...
... is definitely bigger in the North of India as there are a lot more Hindu people up there but it was still well celebrated in Madurai and as I sit and type this there are still fireworks going off!
We had a great time using all the fireworks that were given to us in Mamallapuram (though I think that sari's and fireworks are not a great ...
... a private car at 6 for the 2 hour journey
to our next stop, Mamallapuram. Can't report much about that place
as I spent most of the previous night in the bathroom - no details needed there - then pretty
much the following 24 hours asleep – that's what it does, it just
knocks you out totally!
Tuesday – fighting fit and up early
again, although not crack of dawn this time thankfully, to catch 8 am train ...
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