Wednesday 10/16 we took a day trip south of Samudra Beach to the state of Tamil Nadu to the tip of India. After being surrounded by lush palm trees, I enjoyed seeing the contrast of the striking mountains against the green fields and rice paddies.
First we stopped 60 km south of Kovalam at the Padmanabhapuram Palace, which is Asia’s largest wooden palace complex made of teak and granite. I loved the intricately carved wood details, herb and coconut water polished floors and gorgeous stone Navarathri Mandapam.
I think the largest treats were all the local people that would spontaneously say hello, ask me where I’m from and want photos with me and give me hugs. Honestly, the people of India are so incredibly warm…
From there we went into the state of Tamil Nadu over very bumpy roads to the awe inspiring Suchindrum Temple, 7 km from Nagercoil. We were fortunate enough to arrive just before closing time and were toured around privately by one of the temple priests. The priests enthusiasm and love for all the details of this beautifully scultural temple was contageous and I think this may be my favorite temple thus far. The main shrine is dedicated to Siva, Vishnu and Brahma, and included in the architecture are enormous musical instruments carved from single granite stones. I wish I had photos and videos to share, but all who enter temples are asked to not take photos of these sacred spaces…
After the temple, we headed to Kanyakumari (Cape Comorin); the tip of India where three seas mix together; the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. Walking through bustling markets and passing cows on the streets, we made our way onto a little boat that took us 400 metres offshore to the very windy Vivekananda Rock Memorial. When back on the mainland, we tried, but sadly the Temple of the Virgin Sea Goddess was closed until later in the day, when we wanted to be back on the road.
A bit of advice When driving in the state of Tamil Nadu, give yourself more time than you would in Kerala. Tamil Nadu doesn’t have the income from taxes to maintain roads like Kerala, so travel through this state is much slower and rougher than you may expect.
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