FUN-travel: Marvelous Mamallapuram

December 3, 2016 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Marvelous Mamallapuram 

  • 7th century…

…UNESCO World Heritage site…

…more monolithic…

…Indian rock-cut architecture…

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…and among the oldest…mama1

…existing examples of Dravidian (South Indian).

  • Includes caves…

…mostly carved…

…straight out of granite…

…in the central hillside area…

…and stone structures…

…spread throughout…

…this small seaside town.

  • The Shore Temple…

…the oldest structure…

…is a building…

…(no picture available…

…due to downpour…

…during arrival)

  • Pancha Rathas…

…contains five rathas…

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…literally chariots…

…each carved over a single…

…long stone of granite…

…with some enormous…

…stone animals…

…including a large elephant.

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FUN-fact – Lucky for us… Cyclone Nada went south… so we just got a lot of rain and strong winds… mostly after our morning tour.

Not so FF – More temples were spotted in the ocean during the 2004 tsunami.

FUN-travel: Magnificent Madurai Monument

December 3, 2016 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Magnificent Madurai Monument 

  • Meenakshi Amman Temple…

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…dedicated to Shiva…mad2

…is an enormous…

…17th-century temple complex…

…covering almost 15 acres…

…and containing an estimated…

…33,000 sculptures inside.

  • 12 soaring gopurams (gateway towers)…

…all over 150 ft tall…

…with the tallest tower…

…a whopping 170 ft high…

…rise from solid granite bases…

…and are encrusted…

…with a staggering array…

…of gods & goddesses…

…monsters & mythical animals…

…all painted in vivid colors.

  • The south tower alone…has 1511 of them!
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Ganesha – My Favorite Hindu God

FUN-fact – This temple was on the list of top 30 nominees for the “New Seven Wonders of the World”.

Not so FF – They built the city completely around the temple so you never get a panorama view from a distance which is really a shame.

FUN-travel: Picturesque Periyar National Park

December 2, 2016 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Picturesque Periyar National Park 

  • What could be more perfect…

…than to wake up…

…in a national reserve…

…in the middle of the mountains…

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  • Spending your day…

…surrounded by nature…

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…in a relaxing…

…tranquil setting …

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…communing with the animals…

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And of course… shopping!

FUN-travel: Kerala – Coconuts & Curry

December 2, 2016 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Kerala – Coconuts & Curry 

  • Dubbed the “Venice of the East” …Kerala State is filled with… interconnected canals…rivers… lakes & inlets…amid a thick…lush jungle of … teaks & tamarind … bananas & bamboo… palms & pampas grass.

Today’s Adventure…Backwater Cruise

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  • Our Heavenly Houseboat…gently glides from the dock… ever so slowly… inching its way… into the first canal…amid a maze and myriad of… more and more houseboats… each muscling for the lead.
  • Ever so smoothly… as if attached to an underground rail….we’re on the “Jungle Cruise”… like Disneyland…India style.
  • Our widescreen TV is filled with… fields of floating hyacinth….and flocks of birds.

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  • Until …it turns into… the Houseboat from Hell! (long story)

Not so FF – Such is life! Nothing is always perfect… and that goes for travel too. (Up until now you’ve only gotten bits and pieces of our somewhat perfect adventures)

 

FUN-travel: Cochin Chic

November 29, 2016 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Cochin Chic 

  • Brunton Boatyard…

…Bayside Hotel Bonus

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The Blushing Bride

What are the chances?…

  • Got invited…

…to the hotel owners son…

…Siddharth & Shreya’s

…intimate wedding reception…

…of only 600…

…close family and friends…

…held on the park like grounds.

  • And it was a love marriage…

…not arranged….

…both architects…

…met in school…

…and fell in love..

How sweet is that?

  • Mingled with crowd…

…in search of most striking women…

…and beautiful sari’s.

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Dressed for the Wedding. Just Kidding!

  • Spotted these two…

…asked to take picture…

…turns out they are…

…the best friend with…

…mother of the bride!

FUN-fact – This city is filled with parks…

…lovely homes…

…and India’s version…

…of Miami style high rises…

…along the waterways.

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