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Asia » India » Pondicherry January 30th 2006

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 s ... read more
temples == detail
temples == detail
temples -- Madurai

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Coimbatore January 27th 2006

William, Hugh, Jan and Bone have been in Ooty -- a hill station -- for 2 days. We are all taking the famous steam train on the narrow gauge tracks down to the plains this afternoon. Here are some photos from our time in Ooty: ... read more
Ooty -- hill station
Ooty -- hill station
Ooty -- hill station

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Coimbatore January 23rd 2006

we hired a driver to take William and bone to Coimbatore in the state of Tamil Nadu from Kochi in Kerala. We need to be in Coimbatore to pickup Jan (friend of Williams from Albuquerque who should be in great shape since that trip takes 55 hours via Atlanta, Paris and Chennai) and Hugh (from Singapore via Chennai) before we head up into the Nigiri hills town of Ooty. Heres a flowery tourism description of Coimbatore but it appears to me to be a spawling, noisy, indian city -- http://www.touristplacesinindia.com/coimbatore/about-coimbatore.html All the pix below are from the 5 hr trip up into the hills from the coastal waterways. Heres a nice writeup on Fort Cochin (which is also called Kochi) : http://www.frommers.com/destinations/cochin/3480010029.html... read more
Kochi
Kochi
Kochi to Coimbatore

Asia » India » Kerala » Kochi January 22nd 2006

Town built by the Portuguese after Vasco de Gama made his 1st visit to start the sea-based spice routes. Vasco lived and died in Kochi.... read more
Kochi -- Portuguese Outpost
Kochi -- Portuguese Outpost
Kochi -- Portuguese Outpost

Asia » India » Kerala » Kochi January 22nd 2006

Heading up the west coast of Kerala state on the west coast of India through the famous backwaters. Here are some pix taken on that 3 day trip north with journey completion in Kochi. ... read more
Kerala Backwaters -- Fisherman
Kerala Backwaters -- Sand Divers
Kerala Backwaters -- Water transport

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai January 17th 2006

After 27 hrs on planes we arrived in Mumbai (Bombay) at 03:30 AM and met our driver, Amin, who gave us an amazing tour of Mumbai. A city with a population somewhere between 15 and 20 million on an island about the size of Montreal Island. As soon as you arrive in Bombay you notice the smell of the city. Here is an excerpt from a book called Shantaram where the authour, Gregory David Roberts, describes that smell that I cannot describe any better than this: "The first thing I noticed about Bombay, on that first day, was the smell of the different air. I could smell it before I saw or heard anything of India, even as I walked along the umbilical corridor that connected the plane to the airport. I was excited and delighted ... read more
Market Shopper
The Corner Store
Street Warning

Asia » India » Kerala » Trivandrum January 15th 2006

Keith & Bone flew to TRV and headed to the beach to meet up with Bill James. (more dialog to come)... read more
William James
Sunrise
Kovalam Mosque

Asia » India » Kerala » Kollam December 2nd 2005

Tenative Itinerary Travellers: John Hambleton, Keith Klarer, Will James, Hugh Cree Will arrives in Chennai on 1/5 and meets John & Keith on 1/15 John & Keith arrive in BOM on 1/14 Hugh arrives in Chennai 1/22 (approx) Keith departs 1/23 John departs 2/6 Day 1 -- January 14 John & Keith arrive 03:30 in Mumbai (Bombay) from LAX/HNG/BGK . Stay overnight at the Sea Green Hotel in Churchgate Day 2 -- Depart 10:30 on Jet Airways to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) -- TRV -- arriving around 13:00 -- meet Will James at 15:00 at the Fusion in Kovolam (where we plan to consume a Kingfisher lager or 3 or 4). Trivandrum is a very colonial city with lots to see including the famous Ravi Varma paintings and the first Dutch and Portuguese settlements. Vasco Da Gama’s grave ... read more




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