Kanyakumari

February 24, 2015

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There’s a really great exhibition here about swami vivekanada, Here he is:

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A wandering monk who spent most of his time ‘doing as it says on the tin’ around India. He lived in the late 1800s and was attributed to being one of the forefathers of independent India. In the exhibition, which was very wordy, there are many stories about the man’s life; he was despairing of the caste system and subsequently how the poor were treated, he was very critical of the maharajas that neglected their people for British style social lifestyles, and he wanted Indians to be able to make their own decisions but above all he wanted them to treat each other with respect. Really interesting. There’s a rocky out crop just 100m off of the coast where he was said to have meditated towards the end of his epic and difficult journey. There is, of course, a temple there now to commemorate him, alongside that is another island with a 133 ft statue of an ancient Tamil poet. It makes for an impressive view!

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We took an auto-rickshaw out to medicine mountain which is apparently the place where a flying monkey accidentally dropped some magic herbal flowers which grew all over the mountain. I think I quoted that right but disclaimer if I didn’t – it’s a crazy story. It is the last mountain in the western ghats range though, which runs from Maharastra down to Tamil Nadu and is said to be older than the Himalayas. There was a stunning 360 degree view from the top of all of South India!

Apart from a little disappointment from the big and soulless Tri Sea Hotel (we should’ve known that we wouldn’t like it but they had a swimming pool and we wanted a swim so bad) Kanyakumari has been amazing, a really nice place to wander around the back streets of the fishing village and catch some sun rays. Although surprisingly you can’t get a decent bit of fish, there’s not the culture of eating fish here. Looking forward to some of that in Kerala! We also met a really nice Italian man, Giusto, who owns the Ajantha Antiques shop on South Car Street and he has lived in India for 35 years. He gave us some great tips, including the Medicine mountain (Moon-tin) and we bought some lovely things from him. Pop in if you’re ever here!

There’s also a really nice building dedicated to Gandhi, Soph took this pic:

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