The most southern tip of India is the point of convergence of three seas, The Lakshadweep Sea, Bay of Bengal and The Indian Ocean. It is a holy place for Hindus’ as there is the presence of two Shakti Peethas (The holiest shrine of Mother goddess). The area is more of a tourist destination.
Our first evening we went to see the sun set, the sky was full of clouds so we went and ate then visited the harbour. Lots of hustle and bustle and the variety of fish was fascinating.
On Sunday morning we did the touristy thing by going down to the beach early to watch the sun rise… we were definitely not the only ones! Then a few of us headed off to Nagercoil to church, while the others stayed in Kanyakumari, then after a long time deciding what to do because of the rain we eventually headed out not sure exactly what we were going to.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosie123/sets/72157634735591396/ -Nagercoil & other places
One of the most stunning architectural and oldest wooden Palace in India was a stunning place to visit. The architecture and particularly the carvings on the ceiling were in such amazingly good condition, they looked as though they could have been made yesterday. When we walked into the entrance the place seemed familiar, knowing I’ve never been to India before and that I’ve never studied Indian architecture I already knew every part of the palace… right down to the way you had to walk round. Maybe I have seen it before when researching architectural joints, but still it’s enough to make you wonder!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosie123/sets/72157634727190493/ – Trip to Padmanbhapuram Palace
From the Palace we then went to find an aqueduct that connected two hills, after several stops to ask the way and a couple of turn around’s we eventually found Mathur Aqueduct also known as Mathur Hanging Trough.
“Mathur Aqueduct was constructed in 1966 by the late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, K. Kamaraj, as a drought relief measure across the river Pahrali. Its purpose is to carry water for irrigation from an elevated level of one hill to another. The irrigation water feeds the taluks ofVilavancode and Kalkulam.” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathur_Aqueduct
Lesley and I were the only two to go up with the students from TTS who were showing us around. The views were stunning, but do not go up if you are afraid of heights! It reminded me of the Canopy to walk I did in the rain forest in Ghana… On the way down we enjoyed some Jack Fruit and Fresh Coconut, very refreshing.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosie123/sets/72157634729872963/ – Mathur Aqueduct / Mathur Hanging Trough
On monday we had a day around Kanyakumari, we visited Vivekananda & Valluvar Rocks Like the Palace this was another place where you had to walk around bare foot… In a way it made me feel more connected to everything around me. I wonder how my fellow students would feel this next year if we all had to take our shoes off before walking into chapel for morning prayer???
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosie123/sets/72157634730344375/ – Vivekananda & Valluvar Rocks