Madurai Ashok Itdc Hotel
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... companions had left and an elderly couple had joined to keep us entertained the rest of the morning. The guy was only snoring but the woman sat on the lower berth and starting to sing a chant silent prayers but was still pretty loud and creepy. Lenka returned the favour by reciting couple of hail Mary’s what finally shut her up. Well, apart of the clicking with her rings or whatever every 5 seconds. The guy continued to snore for ...
As our first visit hadn’t been a great success we returned to the Thirumalai Nayak Palace a few days later. On that particular day it actually rained (which must have been the first time Alia realised that parents are not always right because she kept saying that we had said that it never rains in India) and we sought cover inside the palace. It is a beautiful magical place, and although only a fourth of the size it used to be, it ...
... and elephant. Image the size of Shiva. There is more detail in the caption of the Hijra, transgender man.
Madurai is the home of Meenaski temple, perhaps the largest in India. It has 14 gopurmas, 50M high and holding more than 33,000 statues. There are some pics of the gopurams and a few details. There is also a huge pillared hall with the most incredable pillars and carvings but I was not allowed to use a camera because they were afraid the ...
... brothers -- all one caste.
Our travels brought us to the Periyar Tiger Reserve. This was once the land of a maharaja who became incensed when the British killed an elephant on it. He made it a wild animal preserve which became India's first national park after independence. Yes, there are tigers here, but the chances of our seeing one are very small. We are staying in a lodge in the park where there is no Wi-Fi, so I won't be able to post these until our next ...
... every year to see it. Unfortunately the people who worked on the ticket counter made it near on impossible for us to go in, with a "no bag, no camera, no shorts, no mobile, no anything allowed" policy. There was no way we were leaving all our valuables in the hotel as that was really dodgy, so we cut our noses' to spite our face and didn't go in. We left Madurai that morning for Ooty feeling somewhat deflated. I should mention, however, that while we were in Madurai we did go ...