Last stop in India

We took a five hour train to Madurai, which was supposed to get in around 11pm…but after a 2 1/2 hour unexplained stop on the tracks we rolled in closer to 2am…thanks last train ride!  We dragged ourselves out of bed the next morning to go explore the Sri Meenakshi Amman temple.  This temple was incredibly vibrant – it had lots of brightly coloured and designed towers, an elephant and lots of worshipers. We couldn’t go into all of it as some parts are restricted to Hindus but we had fun wandering round and visiting the temple art museum.  (We weren’t allowed to take a camera in…but since everyone was using their phones to take photos we followed suit).

 

One of the many towers
One of the many towers

 

The temple
The temple

 

 

Elephant at the temple
Elephant at the temple

 

Inside the temple
Inside the temple

 

 

Inside the temple art gallery
Inside the temple art gallery

 

Resting
Resting

 

Afterwards we were ready for lunch, and found a cool local place that had a set menu served on a banana leaf. We thought that the portions were stingy until we realised they would replenish them as many times as we wanted – score!

 

Yummy lunch!
Yummy lunch!

 

We did lots of last minute shopping (especially at the chemist – medicine is incredibly cheap in India) then headed over to the Gandhi museum. We had planned to go to see different Gandhi memorials all over India, so thought we should probably go on our last day!  This memorial has the blood stained loin cloth he was wearing when he was shot, which was a bit disturbing.  We originally went to Madurai as it was where our cheap flight to Sri Lanka left from, but ended up having a good day exploring its highlights.

 

Gandhi memorial museum
Gandhi memorial museum

 

Gandhi-Ji
Gandhi-Ji

 

The temple by night
The temple by night

 

 

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Lynette Olson says:

    Goodbye to India, BUT, for how long?

    Like

  2. Mum Bunn says:

    That is one cool temple!!

    Like

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