|Bags packed. Leaving Kovalum and heading out to pick up the gang at Sheeja's and drive to Kanniyakumari, also known as Cape Comorin. Big waves and jellyfish in the beach water now. Jud got stung about 4 times yesterday and the Russian girl he was with got stung about a dozen times before they could get in. 31 degrees that feels like 38, so cooler today!
A day of firsts. First time for me to see a working elephant on the street, as we drove through a small town between Sheeja's town of Kattakkada and our destination on the southern tip of the subcontinent at Kanniyakumari. Although they had been here 4 times previously, this was the first time for Sheeja, Vasu, and the kids to ride in an elevator, stay at a hotel, and ride a boat -- we took the ferry over from the mainland to Swami Vivekenanda's island monument at the tip of India, where the Bay of Bengal waters meet the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea.
It was their first time to visit the Mahatma Ghandi mandir (temple), and later when we went out to a restaurant for dinner, the first time to eat many of the non-south Indian dishes we all decided to order (such a tandoori naan, tandoori buttermilk chicken, salt and pepper prawns, etc.).
Just at dusk, Vishnu, Jud, and I went for a swim in the lovely pool at this fancy 4 star hotel, and I think it was the first time for him in a swimming pool. We have to thank Sharon and Babu for introducing us to this town four years ago, and funnily enough after trying 4 or 5 restaurants we ended up at the same one we ate at with them 4 years ago. It was very accommodating to the crowd of us, including the 2 two year olds, and the food seemed to satisfy most of us.