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Asia » India » Kerala » Trivandrum March 6th 2019

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Asia » India » Kerala » Trivandrum January 13th 2019

Incredible India, we have arrived. After more or less 22 months of travelling we finally arrived in the one country we were almost sure about to visit, even without any planning. We have been in India a few times before and we have such fond memories making it hard to return without high expectations. As we fly in from hot Bahrain, where we have spent only one full day and night, arriving in the evening in cold smoggy Delhi is a little bit of a test. But as soon as we step out of the taxi at Connaught Place, check in to a familiar hotel, recognise the surrounding restaurants and have a late dinner of spicy Indian delicacies and even an Indian Gin & Tonic, we immediately feel at home and at ease. We ride with ... read more
Delhi
Delhi
Delhi station

Asia » India » Kerala » Trivandrum November 7th 2016

November 1 2016 Our first day in "Gods own country" started at Trivandrum International airport after we got out of the airport we checked into our hotel. The next day we went to The Padmanabhaswamy Temple where an estimated $22 billion in gold and jewels stored in undeground vaults and a huge Vishnu idol is found.To enter the temple you should profess Hindu faith and strictly follow the dress code stated. After we were done looking around the temple we went to Kanyakumari, while we were there we went to The Vivekananda Rock Memorial where and from there we saw the Thiruvalluvar Statue also in the same area The Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and The Indian ocean meet.... read more
Thiruvalluvar Statue

Asia » India » Kerala » Trivandrum March 14th 2016

The long cherished and just accomplished trip to the “God’s Own Country” was fast reaching the finishing line. The weeklong trip to this great state flanked by Arabian Sea on the West and majestic towering Ghats on the East was truly rejuvenating and reinvigorating. Our Kerala sojourn revolved around palm-fringed shores of bewitching backwaters and pristine beaches. The tight network of bottle green lagoons, estuaries and; deltas of perennial rivers and canals, where sky and water segue seamlessly in a slivery haze. The rolling misty green hills draped in lush greenery, sprawling tea estates and spice gardens, the fresh mountain air, away from the hustle and bustle of the routine city life, allowed us to reinvent the finest moments of our lives. This trip gave us some insight into the Parshuram Kshetra on the Western Coast ... read more
Misty Mountains
Houseboat @ Alappuza
Backwaters

Asia » India » Kerala » Trivandrum May 8th 2014

I was filled with excitement and slight nerves about heading to the ashram..what would it be like?....would we leave with a new perspective on things?......how would we spend our time?....would we ever leave?....would we be allowed to leave?....what would the other people be like? I had first heard of this particular ashram from a hippy I was traveling with when I was in Sri Lanka and the place had been etched in my brain as somewhere I needed to go and see for myself at least once in my lifetime. An explanation of he ashram from Ammas website; Amritapuri (Which is the name if the ashram) is the headquarters of Amma’s worldwide mission and the spiritual home for Amma’s monastic disciples and hundreds of householder devotees. All the residents have dedicated their lives for realising God ... read more
Amma's pink Ashram
Amma poster in the surrounding area
The main temple at the site.

Asia » India » Kerala » Trivandrum February 18th 2013

Sunday, February 18, 2013 Trivandrum We have finished a week of work. It's been a week of ups and downs. I went to a local clinic about my cough and the doctor gave me a diagnosis of, "wheezing bronchitis." He fixed me up with numerous unnamed medications, including an injection of some sort and told me to rest for 3 days. So the first few days of work were missed by me due to illness (mine and Jane's) and activities related to efforts to locate Jane's missing suitcase. Six days after arriving here and after our second trip to the airport, Jane was finally reunited with her bag, which apparently, never left Amritsar until the airline began looking for it. We now know why so many locals advised us, "Never fly Air India." The agent who ... read more

Asia » India » Kerala » Trivandrum February 10th 2013

Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 - Trivandrum We enjoyed our visit to Amritsar. The hotel was quiet, clean and all food is room service. There is no restaurant. The hotel's clientele come mainly from Sikh pilgrims. The shower had sufficient hot water and staff were extremely polite and considerate. Our local guide, Rinku, is a 26-year-old Sikh, who elects to cut his hair and beard and looks like any other 26-year-old hip Indian man. He turned out to be the polar opposite of our Agra guide, not bringing us to any restaurants, shops or factories and soliciting our opinions on what we wanted to do. He gave us a thorough and intimate tour of the Golden Temple. We learned that the Sikh religion is based on kindness to all living things, vegetarianism, and charity to the poor. ... read more
Golden Temple official
goldentemple
borderguard

Asia » India » Kerala » Trivandrum April 2nd 2012

Hello everyone! As I write this I'm sitting in an internet cafe in Trivandrum, the capital of the Kerala region of India, and it's so hot I think I might melt! We started our stint in Southern India with a quick flight from Delhi to Bangalore on the 14th March with 'Spicejet' (thankfully it did turn out to be a real airline!). Bangalore, or Bengaluru, though still a bustling Indian metropolis, is nowhere near as dirty, crowded or characterful as Delhi. It is also very much a city on the 'up', with huge billboards advertising expensive jewellery for the modern career woman and swanky new apartment blocks that promise not just a home but a whole lifestyle package. Building work is going on everywhere and a new overpass and metro network are under construction. Bangalore also ... read more

Asia » India » Kerala » Trivandrum January 20th 2012

Our tour took us back to Trivandrum to see the sights. Near the former British defensive wall, was the Puthe Maliga Palace Museum, immediately beside the Padmanabhaswamy temple. Pilgrims dressed all in black walked in crowds towards the entry of the temple, up a large staircase, but as non-Hindus we were not allowed to enter. (Can’t understand why the gold statue of Vishnu reclining on a python is so sacred we cannot see it, but the statue is on so many billboards and used for other advertising purposes. Interesting cultural sensitivities.) We nevertheless enjoyed the Museum, both for its vast collection of decorative items from around the world, and for the cheery school tour groups. They chimed “Hi! Hello! What’s your name?” and we chimed back, asking their names too. For me the most marvelous part ... read more
Puthe Maliga Palace Museum
School Girls
Vishnu reclining on Python

Asia » India » Kerala » Trivandrum January 18th 2012

We had a lazy start to the day. I made the most of it by walking along the seashore and letting the waves wash over my feet – Bay of Bengal. Swimming was hazardous; the waves were crashing. Breakfast outside again, and my friendly chef brought me dosa and the coriander and the coconut sauces. We chatted for a few minutes, and we exchanged cards. He asked me to leave a note to hotel management commending his services, which I shamefully forgot. I will write from Calgary. JK joined me outside for breakfast, and we broke through a certain stiffness to converse about homes and jobs. About 11:00 we drove for less than two hours to Chennai airport for the flight to Trivandrum. On the drive I tried to capture photos of modern India – chaotic, ... read more
Western Ghats
Trivandrum




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