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 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.
Kanniyakumari, formerly known as Cape Comorin, is a town in Kanyakumari District in the state of Tamil Nadu in India
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
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!
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.
Paradise, nestled on the banks of the Vembanad
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