Kerala 2016 Lesley & Glen

Namaste!

"I bow to the divine in you"

Padmanabhapuram Palace

Padmanabhapuram Palace is located in at Padmanabhapuram Fort, Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu, India. Padmanabhapuram is the former capital city of the erstwhile Hindu kingdom of Travancore.

Suchindram

Suchindram temple is unique in the whole of India in that it is dedicated to three different deities represented by one image in the sanctum and is called Sthanumalayan kovil.

(Sthanu-Shiva; Maal-Vishnu and Ayan-Brahma)

What an amazing place to visit! We listened to singing pillars carved from solid granite and played like drums by one of the temples priests as we held our ears to the pillars.

We weren't allowed to photograph inside the temple so, there's just a shot of the outside

We saw a 7m tall Monkey God statue inside the temple. For good fortune people bring an offering of butter. The priest spends all morning putting the butter on the statue - turning it from black stone to white. Then the same priest spends the whole afternoon removing the butter, turning the statue back to its black colour. This happens everyday!

Kanyakumari

Kanniyakumari, formerly known as Cape Comorin, is a town in Kanyakumari District in the state of Tamil Nadu in India

The Thiruvalluvar Statue has a height of 95 feet and stands upon a 38 foot rock that represents the 38 chapters of "virtue" in the Thirukkural. The statue standing on the rock represents "wealth" and "pleasures", signifying that wealth and love be earned and enjoyed on the foundation of solid virtue

The Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal all meet here and is a place of pilgrimage for many Indians to bathe and be blessed.

I am writing this at the Cape, in front of the sea, where three waters meet and furnish a sight unequalled in the world. For this is no port of call for vessels. Like the goddess, the waters around are virgin. Gandhi

Gandhi Memorial Mandapam

The Gandhi Memorial Mandapam has been built on the spot where the urn containing the Mahatma's ashes was kept for public viewing before immersion. Resembling central Indian Hindu temples in form, the memorial was designed in such a way that on Mahatma Gandhi's birthday, 2 October, the first rays of the sun fall on the exact place where his ashes were kept

The Kerala backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast

Philip kutty's Farm

One of the very special places to stay in Kerala, Philip Kutty's Farm, in Kottayam, about 50 kms from Cochin, is set on a private island in the backwaters of Kerala.

We had a tour of the farm with a lovely fella called Tambi, he showed us what was growing and let us taste some very exotic spices and foods. Coconut, Bananas, Cinnamon, Chillies, Turmeric, Passion Fruit, Jack Fruit, Peppercorns and the big yellow pod (shown below in Tambi's hand) is Cocoa. It tasted amazing straight out of the pod!

3:30 time for tea!

Kochi or Kochin, also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, was an important spice trading centre on the west coast of India from the 14th century onward

KOCHIN

Kochi is a major port city on the south-west coast of India by the Arabian Sea and the Laccadive Sea and is part of the district of Ernakulam in the state of Kerala. We walked past Chinese fishing nets, Heritage Hotels converted from Portuguese, Dutch and British Military buildings and visited a Christian church that once held the body of the Portuguese explorer Vasco de Garma who landed in India in 1498.

The Dhobikhana is a small co-operative in Kochin, washing and ironing in the Keralan sunshine and 32 degree heat. Out the back of the complex were fields full of clothes and hotel linens drying in the sunshine.

Kumarakom Lake

Paradise, nestled on the banks of the Vembanad

Kathakali

Kathakali is one of the major forms of classical Indian dance. It is another "story play" genre of art, but one distinguished by its elaborately colorful make-up, costumes and face mask wearing actor-dancers, who have traditionally been all males. Kathakali primarily developed as a Hindu performance art in the Malayalam-speaking southwestern region of India

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All pics were taken by MrsGlen and MrGlen 2016

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All photos (c) MrsGlen & MrGlen 2016

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