Where I went in Southern India

I travelled to Southern India in 2015 and had an incredible two weeks, here’s where I went.

Kochi

I arrived in Kochi, a beautiful town on the coast. Here you can see the Chinese fishing nets, colourful boats and fisherman going to work.  The area has been influenced by the Dutch, Italian, Portuguese and Chinese.  This mixture of influences shows in the architecture of the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue and St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica.

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Kalpetta

Next stop was the Wayanad wildlife sanctuary and Eddakal caves after a train ride through the countryside full of tea plantations … and monkeys.

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Mudumalai

Sadly, the tigers weren’t out and about but the jeep safari is a must do.  There were elephants, birds and deer to be spotted while the sun set.

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Mysore

From the nature reserve to the busy city packed with temples, palaces and the beautiful Maharaja’s Palace

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Māmallapuram

Back to the beach and the resort town of Māmallapuram to chill out and visit the 8th century Shore Temple.

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Madurai

The ‘Temple City’, where I visited the Ghandi museum, Sree Meenakshi Amman Temple, Thirupparankundram Murugan Temple and saw a Bollywood movie.  It’s a must-do, the crowd cheers, sings and claps along through the film.  It’s hard not to get excited even if you can’t understand the dialogue.

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Kerala Backwaters

The final stop was what inspired the trip in the first place.  The Kerala backwaters and the homestay was one of the highlights of my trip.  It was such a contrast from busy Madurai, incredibly picturesque and the great finish to two weeks in Southern India.

 

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