Trip Start Jul 02, 2008
60Trip End Jun 19, 2009
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Puri is a very small beach town. There's one major street with alleys leading down to the beach and the Bay of Bengal. The beach itself is not so nice. I didn't even go in the water. A lot of trash, fishermen selling their daily finds, and I even got to see a grown man taking a dump right in the middle of the beach with people around.
I took the bus to Konark, which is about 45 minutes away, and where the Sun Temple is located. Very unimpressive to say the least. I think I'm just templed-out. If it's not the Taj Mahal or if it doesn't have Kama Sutra carvings I just don't think it'll be worth it!
I've decided to go to Sri Lanka for a month. My India visa expires at the end of November and I know I'll be in India for at least another 3 months. You have to go to another country to get another visa so why not stay and enjoy that country for some time? Especially if it's Sri Lanka? I started looking on the internet for roundtrip airfares from Chennai and found a great fare for about $160. I leave October 18th and return to India on November 15th. I love this freedom!! I can just decide to pick up and go wherever I want, whenever I want. I think you are going to have to work extremely hard to convince me to even come home next summer. Maybe some bribery will work?
I just arrived in Hyderabad, another larger city. I'll be in touch in a few days. Hope you are well.
Where I stayed