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Kumarakom Sunset – Lakeview from my cottage

Since I’d been travelling a lot, I decided to just relax and unwind the next day and take a few pictures of nearby areas in Kumarakom and most importantly, since I have such a beautiful Lake view cottage, make sure I take out my tripod courtesy (@thecoffeenazi) and shoot a really good compilation of the sunset by the cottage… So I’ll let the pictures do the talking…

P.S If you ever come to Kumarakom and want this perfectly beautiful lake view cottage home-stay then you can contact Mr. Anil Kumarar – +91- 9995626969

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Welcome to Kumarakom

So Kanyakumari was finally over… A feeling of satisfaction that I got was marvellous… With the end of Kanyakumari, I also ended the Tamil Nadu leg of #SriniOnTour… Felt really great after achieving these locations in a span of 10 days.. What a marvellous experience it had been and so had been the learning throughout this tour so far… It’s a common fact that travelling gives you great perspective, it does, more than that this particular trip had certainly given me a lot more patience and resilience to push yourself harder… Especially when that backpack of mine kept getting heavier… I wondered to myself, why did I even carry my heavy jacket and the blanket… They were seemingly useless as there wasn’t even a hint of cold throughout my experience up until now…

 

Yes, that is what is the keyword… until now… As soon as I left Nagercoil from where I got a bus to Trivandrum, the entire scenario changed… As soon as I left Kanyakumari district and entered Kerala it felt totally surreal!!! The cold breeze blowing in your face, it was cloudy and started drizzling as well… Greenery all besides you, all you could see is a lot of trees, banana plantations, rice / paddy farms… It was truly brilliant…

 

 

Green Peace :P

Green Peace 😛

So I headed to Trivandrum, from where I got an express bus to Allepy… which could drop me off to Kottayam… So my journey this time was a little tricky… Kanyakumari-Nagercoil-Trivandrum-Kottayam-Kumarakom… It took me around 8 hours to reach Kumarakom… Thankfully my accomodation had been taken care of. Once again Tweeple to the rescue!!! @whizkidd aka Rahul Srinivas called up his uncle Anil who has a great and I mean uberly great lakeside cottage homestay… That is where I got my accomodation… I reached there at 10:00 PM… Got off at Chakrampadi stand, which is really close from the cottage where I was to stay…

 

Road to my Cottage

Road to my Cottage

Now I settled down in the cottage and saw the view, couldn’t see much then, so decided to think of it in the morning… I got online, tweeted out to @whizkidd that I reached Kumarakom and thanked him for helping me out… The most unthinkable happened… had not happened till now… @kumarakom360 an official twitter handle for Kumarakom tweeted out to me!!! Welcoming me to Kumarakom… As appropriate as it may sound their website also is called http://www.welcome2kumarakom.com Can you beat that??? Brilliant job I must say… I checked out their website and found  a lot of details about the place… It’s certainly worth checking out…

 

I had made up my mind, there are certainly two things I wouldn’t miss doing in Kumarakom,

 

1. A boat ride / canoe ride in the Kumarakom Backwaters.

2. A boat ride to Allaphuza (Venice of Kerala) from Kottayam… (It’s listed as one of the must-dos by Lonely Planet Magazine)

 

So after a really rough ride from Kanyakumari to Kumarakom, I decided to crash and wake up early in the morning… WOW is the only word I have for the view I see outside my room… The Cabin by the lake was truly blissful… I think it’s time to end the really amazing crusade of hop-skip-jump and truly start enjoying my vacation in the peaceful and ever so lovely God’s Own Country… Just relax, unwind, not a lot of travelling but more of enjoying and letting the experience of being in the most blissful place sink in..

 

That's my cabin by the lake...

That's my cabin by the lake...

 

Anil Kumarar

Anil Kumarar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s Anil Kumarar… @whizkidd’s uncle.. In case you guys down here in Kumarakom, you can ask for Beach County that’s the name of the place, it’s right off the lake and  this lake facing cottage can be all yours… His contact no is +91- 9995626969

Early Morninng View

Early Morning View

Truly, it seems like a really blissful few days ahead… before I hit the grind once again…

 

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The Kanyakumari Sunrise…

I had thought of making a Sunrise collage quite a while back when I started #SriniOnTour… Different stages of the Sun Rising and depicting it’s beautiful layers upon us uncanny humans… After missing out the Marina beach breaking of Sunrise because of the confusion between Park and Park Town station… I thought I would get some great pictures at Pondicherry beach… had been waking up early on most of the days to ensure that I get great pictures and am finally able to make a Sunrise album… I guess it wasn’t to be… As they say, everything happens for a reason… Now I know the reason… The sunrise collage had to be in this most blissful and eternal place of all… Farthest down south and the most beautiful place I’ve seen so far…

 

So I woke up early at 5:30 AM, quickly showered and made sure I got to the Sunrise point at 6:00 AM… Thankfully I got a hotel room not quite far from the Sunrise point.. As expected, everyone in Kanyakumari (mostly tourists, fishermen, malbari swamis) was wide awake and ready to witness the grandeur… After Rameshwaram I had certainly anticipated this one… So I had to make sure that I go to a spot where I get great snaps… So I decided to walk all the way to the bridge near the Muttom fishing Vilalge…

 

 

Muttom Village

Muttom Village

There is a huge bridge of rocks, (I overheard someone saying it’s the bridge that helped Lord Rama get across to Lanka… hahaha.. what imagination some people have) Anyways, it’s  a beautiful sight that I must say… and if you walk down the bridge with the breeze in your face, it’s nothing but eternal bliss that you ‘face.’ So after reaching the bridge midway, I decided to sit down on one of those rocks and patiently wait for the Sun to rise…

 

 

The Rocky Bridge...

The Rocky Bridge...

 

There were clouds and my hopes were diminishing.. Hopes of seeing the sun in it’s orangey best… Well, I was crossing my fingers and hoping that I get some really nice pictures… Slowly I saw the rays of light break through the cloud… Fishermen going into the sea across the horizon, the rays really blissful and the Sun raring to go and break out of those clouds… All I did was cross my fingers and hope in my heart that the Sun does breakthrough those cloudy shackles…

 

 

Breaking Through...

Breaking Through...

 

Slowly, yet steadily, Surya Bhagwan (Lord Sun) answered my prayers and made sure he showed up for one of the best collages thatI’ve been able to shoot so far 🙂 It was an experience that was totally worth it…

 

 

Lord Surya Answered my prayer...

Lord Surya Answered my prayer...

After that was done with… I decided to head off to the Vivekananda Memorial Rock, the first ferry that takes you there starts at 8:00 AM and tickets go up for sale at 7:45 AM… The state-owned Poompuhar Shipping Corporation runs ferry services between the town and the Vivekananda Rock Memorial and Thiruvalluvar statue, situated on rocky islets off the coast.

 

 

Ferry to the Rocks...

Ferry to the Rocks...

 

There is a huge queue that starts gathering around 7:00 AM and I was at the back of it of course… But thankfully, the queue is fast moving and you have to just wait till 8:30 to get there… Getting there is an experience in itself… Wearing Life Jackets just for the heck of it of course, cos none of them were really worth wearing, some broken chords, some tattered jackets… but at the end of it all it’s just a formality so to speak.. Though when the time comes, I’m sure they would help you to a certain extent, but I don’t think its a big ordeal…

 

One of the rocks called Sri Padhaparai is said to bear the footprints of the virgin goddess. Swami Vivekananda is said to have meditated on this rock for three days. Also on this rock, there is a Dhyana mandapam, an area for meditation. Ferry services are available to reach the memorial. (Wikipedia)

 

 

Vivekananda Memorial Rock

Vivekananda Memorial Rock

 

Once you are done with the Vivekananda Rock, you get into another ferry, which will take you to the Thiruvalluvar Statue… the gigantic 133 feet (40.5 m) tall statue of Tamil saint-poet Thiruvalluvar (Completed on January 1, 2000 by the legandary Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati, Chennai) is one of the biggest statues in Asia. (Wikipedia) Witnessing this is truly an experience that you should not miss… Truly blissful 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Thiruvalluvar Statue

Thiruvalluvar Statue

 

Thiruvalluvar's Foot

Thiruvalluvar's Foot

All in all these two hours in the midst of the ocean really make you wonder… think about what you are really doing in life… Not just about the spiritual existence of your body mind and soul, but also the real question of what you want to do in life… One thing you must do… is get to the top most section at the feet of the statue… From there you can really look out to the horizon.. Look out to the horizon and ask yourself the question… What are you? Who are you?  Why are you here?? How should you go about life… Truly a philosophy of existence is something you will see, with clairvoyance of sorts that you won’t be able to witness elsewhere…

 

 

A distant view...

A distant view...

 

Inside Out...

Inside Out...

Utterly Blissful

Utterly Blissful

This certainly has been a mesmerizing experience for me… Do let me know what you think of this?? Have you ever felt this way??

 

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Reaching Kanyakumari…

So the next day I woke up at 5:00 AM, to go to the temple to witness the early morning procession… I quickly left towards the temple, but before that I had to check out the sea shore, which I hadn’t checked out the earlier night. Surprisingly when I started walking towards the temple… it didn’t even feel like 5:00 AM,  it was just like I was there the night before… People buzzing with chants, talking to each other, some groups of old ladies chanting mantras and singing their kirtanas… Rickshaw drivers waiting outside the temple, for people who are moving out… For them it was a routine… And why wouldn’t it be? This happens everyday out there…

 

Anyways I headed to the bus stop, not surprisingly, the rickshaw driver who was going to drop me today didn’t answer his calls, so I didn’t waste anymore time and decided to head off to the bus stand in another auto…

 

So here I’m at the bus stand and the only bus that goes to Kanyakumari is right there… And boy, was it a bus or what… A SETC ordinary bus, which was going to fill up loads of luggage of all the people going to Kanyakumari and it didn’t even have a luggage compartment at the back… The only one that was available was on the side.. Which mean’t my 20 KG something backpack would have to be crammed beneath the bottom of my seat.. Thankfully the guy sitting next to me didn’t mind and I was sorted…

 

After a gruelling long journey of 9 hours, mostly sleeping, some reading the book Tokyo Cancelled and some tweeting and facebooking, it was really amazing to reach Kanyakumari… Well, enroute Kanyakumari, you would find a lot of Windmills most of them by Suzlon power… a stock in which I used to invest once upon a time and then it fell.. 😦 Going by the looks of it, these windmills were there for a reason…

 

 

Approaching Kanyakumari

Approaching Kanyakumari

 

 

 

Suzlon Windmills near Kanyakumari

Suzlon Windmills near Kanyakumari

 

 

Anyways as soon as you get off at Kanyakumari… it doesn’t feel anything like the  Kanyakumari you have imagined… the bliss, the enchantment and the convulsion of the tri-sea… The whole picture that you have about it, vanishes in seconds… It’s become a hub for all commercial dwellers… Most of the restaurants where I was staying are run by north indians, marwaris etc.. serving Punjabi food, heck I even ate at a place called ‘Punjabi Dhaba’ just near Hotel Sea View… enroute the sunrise point.

 

Now, speaking of the hotel that I stayed in… the biggest challenge out here arrives… Securing a hotel room because I’m single.. No I didn’t mean my marital status or relationship status on Facebook… I was alone.. 1 guy!! Yes, travelling like a nomad wanderer for 10 days, I hadn’t shaved and definitely looked like a terrorist with loads of weapons in my backpack 😛 Well anyways, seemingly as imagined, just like Rameshwaram, Kanyakumari also has a directive from the cops/govt. not to give accommodation to ‘single guys.’

 

So yes, it had to do with the high sensitivity around the area with the Sri Lanka issue… I was also told stories by some in Rameshwaram that there have been cases of guys who had come alone… and committed suicide in Lord Rama’s sharan… to get eternal bliss… What the hell… I just looked at myself in the mirror… Heck I certainly look like both of these potential cases… Damn, first thing I’m gonna do is get a shave… 🙂

 

Anyways, after loooking around for half an hour, carrying the heavy backpack on my back and shelling out a few extra bucks, I got myself a room.. decent enough, but not certainly for the price I paid Rs. 1200… woah… there goes my budget and I’m already two days behind now.. Most probably, will have to skip Kodaikanal…

 

So I settled down and decided to go out in the evening and get some nice shots of the beach to calm my mind especially after the rough ride that I had been through, esp with the constant honking of the bus driver as I was sitting a couple of seats right behind the driver…

 

First shot of Kanyakumari...

First shot of Kanyakumari...

 

 

 

Peace of Mind

Peace of Mind

 

 

 

I need a house like that...

I need a house like that...

 

 

So, I visited the Mahatma Gandhi Mandapam and if you go the top section, you can get really great views of the ocean that sets you apart from all the madness of the world… An enchanting bliss with the breeze blowing in my face, made my irritation vanish in seconds… I was feeling much lighter and much better now… Certainly a Kanyakumari that I had imagined and hoped to look forward to early in the morning the next day… especially the Vivekananda Memorial Rock… I heard it is blissful 🙂

 

 

 

Mahatma Gandhi Mandapam

Mahatma Gandhi Mandapam

 

 

 

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Rameshwaram – Reaching Horizon…

I started off from Madurai… 4 hours to reach Rameshwaram… It was definitely a journey that was not supposed to be missed… I was sleepy but made sure that I got my sleep before we reach the bridge across the coast!!! I really wanted to make sure that I get good shots of the sea… Coming out almost near the tip of the country is a different experience altogether… Apparently, in the island of Rameshwaram, there is a spot called Dhanushkodi which is the closest point to Sri Lanka… If I had more time, I would really want to visit that place… In the meantime, I had to make sure that I get all the great pictures I get off the trip towards Rameshwaram…

 

Sunset approaching Rameshwaram Bridge

Sunset approaching Rameshwaram Bridge

This is just before the railway crossing that  is before the beautiful bridge where a lot of people stop over to take snaps… Since I was in a State Bus, I couldn’t stop, but tried really hard to get great snaps…

Rameshwaram Bridge

Rameshwaram Bridge

 

Horizon of Oblivion

Horizon of Oblivion

 

This horizon reaches out to Sri Lanka… WoW!!! Madness beyond my thoughts… I’m just wondering what it would be… out there…

 

 

Rameshwaram Temple

Rameshwaram Temple

 

Pillars inside the temple

Pillars inside the temple

The masterpiece of South Indian architecture boasts of the biggest temple corridor in India. Different rulers built the Ramanathaswamy Temple over a period of time starting from the twelfth century. The temple comprises twenty two wells where the taste of the water of each well is different from the other. The grandest part of the temple is the 1219 m pillared corridor consisting of 3.6 m high granite pillars, richly carved and well proportioned. The perspective presented by these pillars run uninterruptedly to a length of nearly 230 m.

 

 

Rameshwaram is where Lord Rama rested and prayed after his triumph over the demon king Ravan. A sacred site for both Vaishnavites and Shaivities, no Hindu pilgrimage is complete without a visit to this holy city. The island of Rameshwaram is one of the most venerable temple towns in India without a visit to which, the pilgrimage of a devout Hindu is not complete. According to the epic Ramayana, Lord Rama(an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the protector), rested here before and after his battles with Ravana, the demon king, in Sri Lanka, just 24 kilometers away.

 

 

Lord Hanumana...

Lord Hanumana...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Rameswaram Temple, a spiritual “Mani Darisanam” (Mani Darshan) happens in early morning everyday. This “Mani” is made of “spatikam”[a precious stone] and in form of “Holy shivling”. According to veda, this is “Mani” of “sheshnag”.Sethu Karai is a place 22 km before the island of Rameswaram from where Lord Ram is claimed to have built a Floating Stone Bridge Ramasethu from Rameswaram that further continued to Dhanushkodi in Rameswaram till Talaimannar in Sri Lanka as mentioned in the great Hindu epic Ramayana. (Wikipedia)

 

I’m hoping to get there tomorrow morning, before I set out to Kanyakumari by the 7:15 AM Bus… I’ll be reaching Kanyakumari in the evening, right on time to catch the Sunset there 🙂

 

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Madurai – Meenakshi Amman temple

So the year begins… A decade begins for that matter… Most of us have resolutions, some of us don’t… Well, whatever the case may be, it is quite a beginning to my new year… Well, not exactly as planned, but yea, will get there slowly… For those who are following my blog, would know that I’m still 1 day behind schedule.. I should have spent the New Year’s eve, with Lord Rama in Rameshwaram already… But that was not the case… So here I was in Madurai, after travelling South India for a week, going on the run, mostly, waking up early in the morning to make sure I cover all the destinations on a given day and not fall further behind schedule… I finally took a so-called pit stop in Madurai… I finally got my 8 hours of sound sleep, waking up on a Saturday morning after 8:00 AM was the much needed break I deserved, so that was kind of it…

 

But this also meant that I may fall further behind schedule… So without wasting any time, I decided to quickly cover Madurai’s Meenakshi Amman temple and then head to Rameshwaram… So with very little time on my hands, I decided to give all that time to the Meenakshi temple…

 

 

Meenakshi Temple

Meenakshi Temple

 

 

Courtesy: (Wikipedia) Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple or Meenakshi Amman Temple Tamil: is a historic Hindu temple located in the holy city of Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva – who is known here as Sundareswarar or Beautiful Lord- and his consort, Parvati who is known as Meenakshi.

 

 

The temple forms the heart and lifeline of the 2500 year old city of Madurai. The complex houses 14 magnificent Gopurams or towers including two golden Gopurams for the main deities, that are elaborately sculptured and painted. The temple is a significant symbol for the Tamil people, and has been mentioned since antiquity in Tamil literature, though the present structure is believed to have been built in 1600. The tallest temple tower is 51.9 metres (170 ft) high.

 

I was looking forward to Rameshwaram more than anything else… Hence Madurai was a short-lived experience…

 

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The Brihadisvara Temple – Thanjavur

Now, this is one of the most amazing temples I’ve ever visited here… Not just because of it’s rustic look, but also cause it’s a refreshing change from more or less similar temples I’ve visited earlier… So after Trichy was done with, I decided to take a bus to Thanjavur, about 60 Kms from Trichy… it took me about 2 hours… to reach the temple…

 

There are two bus stands in Thanjavur… The NEW bus stand and the OLD Bus stand. The Brihadisavara temple is near the Old bus stand. So, you take a bus to Periyacoel (Don’t know how it’s spelt but pronounced as Peh-ree-yaa-coyel) Once you get near the old bus stand, you gotta get off and there you are…

 

 

 

Brihadisavara Temple

A view from the street - Brihadisvara temple

A little information about this really amazing temple, this I found inside the temple… and without wasting any time, took a snap of it so that I could post it for you guys…

Brihadisvara Temple: The ambitious Brihadisvara temple by Rajaraja – I was begun in 1003 and completed in 1010 CE. It was dedicated to Siva represented by a linga (3.66m High) and named Rajarajesvaramyudar after the king himself. The complex has  the main temple with five subshrines for Chandikeshvara, Amman, Subramanaya, Ganesa and Karuvur Deva…

Thanjavur & the Cholas: Too much to type, just click on the image and it will be enlarged… Viola you’ll get all the info you need 😛

Too much to type...:P

Too much to type...:P


Wall Paintings near Lingas

Wall Paintings near Lingas


 

 

 

 

 

 

These are a few paintings inside the Lingas… Did not take photos of the Lingas though… I have my reasons.. these paintings however tell a lot of stories and there are series of them…

 

 

That's Krishna

That's Krishna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We all know this story of how Krishna killed one of Kansa’s asura’s who tried to poison him with her breast milk… Don’t we??

 

 

Chandakasvara Subshrine

Chandikesvara Subshrine

 

A distant view of the subshrine

A distant view of the subshrine

 

 

 

 

Was just lurking around, when I quickly got this angle.. really enchanting 🙂

 

 

Lord Ganesha himself, inside the temple

Lord Ganesha himself, inside the temple

 

Temple @ Sunset

Temple @ Sunset

 

Waited quite a while to get this snap.. Cloudy as it was, always struggling to get something like this… Besides, the aura of the whole temple, just didn’t make me feel like I should leave the place… Was really beautiful and enchanting…

 

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Tiruchhirapalli aka Trichy – Srirangam Temple

So, having missed out on Thiruvanamali, I think this was a great opportunity for me to cover this location especially since the Srirangam temple and Sahamyapuram temples are very famous in this place… Left early in the morning at 6:00 AM since I was behind my schedule, had to cover Trichy, Thanjavur and reach Madurai at night…Even then I’d be behind my schedule… As I left Salem, it was very cold in the morning, very cold for a Tamil Nadu morning so far…

 

Sunrise Enroute Trichy

Sunrise Enroute Trichy

When you least expect it… I got to see the sunrise… After waiting for such a long time in Pondy, and elsewhere I couldn’t get a glimpse of the sun rising… And when I was travelling in the bus… here we are…

Sunrise galore...

Sunrise galore...

 

So anyways, I was still one day behind my schedule, so didn’t have time to go to Sahamyapuram… But I did something which I hadn’t done so far on #SriniOnTour, here… I checked in my huge n heavy backpack into the cloak room in Trichy bus stand…

 

I’ve been going ga-ga about TN state bus services so far, especially the frequency, the easy accesibility to various places and a lot of other things… This time around I decided to try out their cloak rooms… Was a little difficult to find.. but with my broken Tamil and a little bit of English, I managed to find access to it in one corner near a restaurant inside the Bus stand…

 

So after checking it in, I took the city bus… Bus no. 1 from the entrance of the bus stand… Off to Srirangam I was…

Srirangam temple

Srirangam temple

 

Srirangam Temple

Srirangam Temple

 

Lord Narsimha

Lord Narsimha

 

Inside the temple, near the arts gallery, you will find a lot of these statues… Everyone with a story of their own…

Destroyer of Evil

Destroyer of Evil

Goddess of Power

 

Here’s some info about Trichy courtesy http://www.trichy.com

 

Tiruchirappalli, situated on the banks of the river Cauvery is the fourth largest city in Tamil Nadu. It was a citadel of the early Cholas which later fell to the Pallavas. Trichy is a fine blend of tradition and modernity built around the Rock Fort. Apart from the Fort, there are several Churches, Colleges and Missions dating back to the 1760s. The town and its fort, now in Trichy were built by the Nayaks of Madurai. This city has given great Tamil scholars whose contributions to the Tamil literature have been very significant.

 

The most famous land mark of this bustling town is the Rockfort Temple, a spectacular monument perched on a massive rocky out crop which rises abruptly from the plain to tower over the old city. It was one of the main centers around which the wars of the Carnatic were fought in the 18th century during the British-French struggle for supremacy in India. The city is a thriving commercial centre in Tamil Nadu and is famous for artificial diamonds, cigars, handloom cloth, glass bangles and wooden and clay toys.

 

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Hogennakal – Beyond Bliss…

This is one place that you should never miss… especially if you are on the either side of the border… Across the Tamil Nadu / Karnataka Border, you can go and visit this place… Beautiful falls where many movies have shot their panaromic scenes, Roja for one… Remember Dil Hain Chotta Sa??

 

Well anyways, so I rose up early in the morning and decided to head towards Hogennakal. The best way to reach there is to catch a direct bus from Salem Bus station, else you also have an option of going to Dharmapuri and from there to Hogennakalu. P.S It’s also the place where Veerappan used to dwell somewhere in the deep jungles near the Karnataka & Tamil Nadu Border…

 

Dosa @ Salem

Dosa @ Salem

 

My early morning breakfast, where I ate a really amazing double dosa 🙂 While I was doing that, this guy was like a ‘Masterchef’ dishing out some Malabari Parota… he was so quick in making them that you would just awe at the whole experience…

 

Malabari Parota

Malabari Parota

That’s the Malabari Parota I didn’t eat 😛

 

Visit the Aquarium, right near the Bus Stand… as soon as you reach Hogennakal,  after about a 3 hours ride on the bus, which by the way just costs Rs.  26, thanks to the truly inexpensive and amazing Tamil Nadu State Transportation 🙂

 

Tiger Shark

Tiger Shark

American Chillidos

American Chillidos

Another Gold Fish

Gold Fish

Crocodile Park

Crocodile Park & Rehabilitation Center

 

This is one thing you have got to visit… You can see the crocodiles up close and personal, is a completely different experience… A lot of them are severly injured… Of course, due to fights amongst themselves. But the real fear of this animal strikes you in the eye… even though they are lazy and slow, they are some creatures not to mess with… P.S Entry to this center is Rs. 1. 1 Km from Bus stand…

 

Ferocious JAWS

Ferocious JAWS

 

Once you are done with the crocodile park, head straight to the Main falls… On the way, you can take a few pics of scenic falls, but really, don’t bother as you will get great views when you go down and take a ride in the single oar boat… They also serve, cold drinks and chips on other boats around you.. 🙂

 

Gateway to Heaven

Gateway to Heaven

 

 

Hogenakkal Waterfalls - Up Close

Hogenakkal Waterfalls - Up Close

 

 

Too Close

 

Beauty n Bliss...

Beauty n Bliss...

 

 

Sunset on my way back

Sunset on my way back

I just love the Sun… Which photographer doesn’t??? But truly, this place is a must visit… You should go there once at least… 🙂

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Chidambaram – Natrajar temple…

Chidambaram from Pondicherry was just one – two hours away… So I decided to check it out before I check out of Pondicherry. I must say, after being in Pondicherry for two days, I just didn’t feel like saying adeiu to Pondy… It has a magical aura to it, that makes you want to stay back… But, leave that I had to…

You get a lot of buses from Pondicherry bus stand to Chidambaram, shouldn’t be that difficult a task… When I left, it was kind of cloudy and the route to Chidambaram is really beautiful, pleasant I  must say…

Meadows Enroute Chidambaram

Meadows Enroute Chidambaram

Very pleasant sight this is… you will find plenty of these sights enroute Chidambaram… If it’s cloudy and cool breeze blowing in your face, it’s all the more relaxing.. 🙂

Plenty of Farms enroute Chidambaram

Plenty of Farms enroute Chidambaram

With these farms, who needs farmville 😛

Pretty Hut

Pretty Hut

Trying to get a snap of these huts was a difficult task, especially when the bus was moving so fast… But luckily got one 🙂

This is a humble devotee of Lord Rajnikanth

This is a humble devotee of Lord Rajnikanth

Somewhere inside the town.. I come across a humble devotee of Lord Rajnikanth… What a pleasure to meet him! 😛

Natraja Temple

Natraja Temple

Although the temple looks ordinary and small in this picture, you have got to be there to witness how humongous and magnificent the temple is. True to it’s nature, the Natraja stands tall…

Temple inside the temple

Temple inside the temple

The true beauty of the temple is its interiors, besides this temple within a temple, there are a lot more attributes inside the temple that really classify it as one of the best Lord Shiva temples… And like most others, inside you will find a lot of serenity and cold!

Pillars of strength

Pillars of strength

Truly the aesthetics match up to the standard temples of the blessed devotees of Shiva!

Beauty of the Curves
Beauty of the Curves

As elsewhere, the carvings and the sculptures are deeply ingrained and the curves have their own beauty. They tell a story in itself…

Peace to the divine

Peace to the divine

What more do you expect when you have 33 crores of GODs within you… as they say in Hindu mythology… truly divine and serene…

 

Temple Bell
Temple Bell
Rustic
Rustic

Some info about the temple (Courtesy http://www.chidambaram.net ) The temple located in the centre of the town covers an area of 40 acres. Is is one of the ancient temples of Tamil Nadu. The roof of the sanctum sanctrorum is covered with gold plates. The presiding deity of the temple is represented by air, one of the five elements of the universe and is known as Akasa Lingam. The Eastern tower rises to a height of 40.8 metres. 108 Bharatha Natyam Dance gesture can be seen on the Eastern tower as well as on Western tower. The Northern tower rises to height of 42.4 metres.The Sivakamiamman temple, the Sivaganga tank, the thousand pillar hall are other important features of the Temple.

 

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