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January 30th 2006
Published: February 2nd 2006
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From Ooty on the "toy train" (narrow gauge stream train) and headed down to the plains to Mettupalayam, Coimbatore and finally a 7 hr day liner on the Indian Train network to Madurai.

In Madurai we tripped around the palace of 1000 pillars (actually 986) and this incredible bunch of temples in Madurai -- http://www.exotiqueindia.com/tourist-destinations-in-india/madurai-tourism.html. There were thousands of pilgrims in town chanting, praying and providing gifts to their gods.

From there we headed to Rameshwaram
http://www.tamilnadu-tourism.com/tamilnadu-cities/rameshwaram-tourism.html . It has a huge temple with the worlds longest corridor (1 Km) where you can get your sins washed
away by going thru 22 water stations including #22 in the Bay of
Bengal.

Then we hired a Jeep and headed out to Adams Bridge where we could
see (actually not) Sri Lanka 18 km away. So, we stuck our feet in
the Bay of Bengal and then ran over to the Indian Ocean and put our
feet in there. Took tons of pix there.

As I enter this blog we are in Pondycherry. We are staying in an Ashram at 150Rs and each rented a bike for the day at 20Rs . Its a neat old French colony:
http://www.southindiatourshub.com/travel-through-south-india/pondicherry-tours.html
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FYI: 42Rs to the $US

Heres some pix to bring you up-to-date (Rameshwaram and Adams Bridge to come later).



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