South India Here We Come!

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Early tomorrow morning, our group leaves for our trip to the South of India for temples, temples and more temples. We are leaving the computer here. When we went North, it was a nuisance because we could never get on the internet because of challenges with electricity ! We will just  have long tourist days, and I hope to have some tales to share when we return on April 17th.  Some of us just had pasta on the roof of the hostel,  thanks to Giana’s mom “care package”  and realized we will be going back to the US in just a month.  The time has been wonderful and now seems much too short.  We have fallen in love with India!   One question  to leave with you….Did you know that jungle is a Hindi word?

The itinerary is for those of you who want to follow our journey either before or after.

Nameste….T I I

PROPOSED ITINERARY FOR FIELD TRIP APRIL 6 – APRIL 16, 2013 FOR 13 PEOPLE (SELF, WIFE, 11 RENSSELAER ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS)

APRIL 6 – 13: coach for 19 with A/C

DEPART FOR SOUTH ON SATURDAY, APRIL 6

 

APRIL 6: Depart from Presidency Enclave by coach to airport (early morning flight to Chennai from Ahmadabad) arrive early to Chennai and meet with coach to explore the city

Visit: Dakshina-chitra, Kapeleeshwar Temple, St. Andrew’s Kirk, Fort Museum Beach, Check into hotel mid-afternoon

APRIL 6: Hotel for night of April 6 in Chennai

APRIL 7: depart for Auroville at 6am with stop at Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram)

APRIL 7 & 8: Hotel for nights of April 7 & 8 in Auroville

Visit: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Perhaps participate in Earth Building Workshop (8:30am – 4:15pm), Ashram/Commune complex, City of Dawn, featuring Matrimandir Auromodel Housing Community, Integrated Learning Center, Solar Kitchen, Visitor’s Center, Vikas Housing, Community Last School. Possible day trip to Pondicherry on April 8.

APRIL 9: depart for Thanjavur at 6am (stop at Chidambaram (Nataraja Temple) on way to Thanjavur)

APRIL 9: Hotel for night in Thanjavur

Visit: Brihadishvara Temple, Observation Tower, Royal Palace: Saraswati Library

APRIL 10: depart for Madurai – if possible, visit Srirangam on way to Madurai

APRIL 10 & 11: Hotel for nights of April 10 & 11 in Madurai

Visit: Minakshi – Sundareshvara temple complex, possible visit to Thiruparankundram, possible visit to tombs of Madurai sultans

APRIL 12: depart for Kollam

APRIL 12: Hotel for night of April 12 in Kollam

APRIL 13: backwater river tour at  Alleppy, (3 hours)

APRIL 13: night in Alleppy

APRIL 14: 6am coach to Kochin airport for flight to Goa

APRIL 14: coach pick up at Goa airport

APRIL 14 & 15: Hotel for nights of April 14 & 15 in Goa (Panaji)

Visit: Beach, Panaji, Old Town

APRIL 16: Train from Goa to Mumbai (arrive at Mumbai VT station at 9:40pm) Bus transfer to Mumbai Central Rail Station. Overnight train to Ahmadabad  departs at 11:25pm

APRIL 17: Arrive Ahmedabad at 5:50am

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This is Incredible South India!

If you could visit India, where would you want to go?  Would you want to visit why or why not?  I have learned that most people have very strong opinions about India either pro or con!  And there seems very little middle ground !

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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36 Responses to South India Here We Come!

  1. katie says:

    So Dad let you guys have a beach day? He’s getting soft.

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  3. Kannan says:

    rice,catamaran, vetiver – tamil words too

    • annetbell says:

      Cool…I used to love to help my 8-9 year old students realize the derivation of words. I knew jungle, pajama..but not rice… makes sense! Thanks…namaste….Anne

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  5. LucyJartz says:

    I have a few friends in our neighborhood who are from India. Our level of understanding in each other’s language hinders us from becoming better friends, but I see them often. There does not seem to be any language help online for me to look up unfamiliar words, or a list of phrases I can use.

    • annetbell says:

      There are actually about 300 or more languages in India. Imagine! The educated Indians learn English in school. Hindi is spoken in the north of India but the south has rejected it. It is hard to imagine that they would move to the states ( I am assuming that is where you are! ) without some English. Say “hindi” and if they say yes, then you might be able to use the dictionary on line or buy a small book. Namaste. . . is a greeting all Indians understand. You put your hands together as in prayer, hold them up to your forehead and say NAMESTE as you bow slightly in respect. Try that and let me know what happens. . . . . . .

  6. LucyJartz says:

    I appreciate the encouragement to become better friends. 🙂

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