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Oct 7, 2013 - 6 October - Trichy

Madurai is one of the oldest cities in India, dating from 4th century BC. It was mainly famous as a trading centre but is now described as a city dominated by a medieval temple with an economy driven by IT. Once the Shree Meenakshi temple was constructed in the mid 1600's Madurai also became an important cultural centre of the Tamil people. The temple complex covers around 6 hectares enclosed by 12 gopurams which are carved with hundreds of figures depicting various gods and godesses. Legend has it that Meenakshi was born with three breasts...

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Dec 5, 2011 - Trichy

A nice late breakfast ensued after nice showers using solar heated water. Signing out was a joy, my debit card returned to life and small victory, they didn't charge us for useless wifi. We head of to Tiruchirappalli or Trichy as it is commonly known. A easy journey until the outskirts of Trichy where we encounter the mother of all traffic jams. A confrontation with a petrol tanker unnerved us all. Our driver giving us our first demonstration of Indian road rage, nothing more than a meaningful glare, slam of door and slow departure in...

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India 2011

Jun 1, 2010 - Tiruchirapalli (Trichy)

I got the bus driver to pull off my headrest today, I have had a headache for about a week that is driving me nuts... Not helped by the ridiculous amount that people use their horns, follow you selling cheap bells and whistles and the general cacophany that is India... We started the day by going to a bronze smelter. They make each mold from tree sap then fire it in clay until the sap melts and drains out. After that they fill the hole with 600 degree molten bronze and gold to make the statues, once it comes out it still takes days or weeks...

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Bec's Adventure 2010

Jan 25, 2010 - Tamil Princess On The Bus

Never go out the night before your discount flight to India. Too much red wine and fun with old friends meant only an hour's sleep. A 4.45am departure to the railway station to catch a cheap flight had me nodding off on the very first leg of the journey. A fitful night's sleep on the floor of Kuala Lumpur's discount airport saw me hardly prepared for the rigours of India! The Air Asia staff double checked my boarding pass after initially directing me to a Phuket bound flight sitting on the same tarmac. On the correct plane I found out why....

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Dec 16, 2009 - last few days in India

So our last few days in India! On Tuesday 8th we headed a bit further East to Trichy which is where we were flying out of for Malaysia. Had a fairly pleasant bus journey - they seem to be a bit better with their infrastructure here - not too many holes in the roads! In the afternoon we went to the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple which is the biggest Hindu temple in India - 3km in diameter! We decided to get a guide to show us round due to the sheer size of the place which was great as we learned a lot more about Hindu traditions etc. 'Santos'...

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Travelling Hamstyle

Dec 7, 2009 - Trichy

A few hours by train ride took us to Tiruchirappalli (Trichy). Trichy is a middle-sized city of ~900,000, famous for its (and nearby Thanjavur’s) temples. We arranged for a taxi to take us in the early morning to see the sights (too hot to bus it). Started off at Trichy’s Rock Fort Temple since it involved climbing over 400 steps to the top (it's only comfortably cool until around 8am). Very good views and quiet in the early morning. Next , we went to Sri Rangathaswamy Temple, which is a Hindu temple dating from the 10th century and...

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Nov 6, 2009 - Brisbane/KL/Trichy/Punducherry

Flew Brisbane/Singapore/KL, no dramas. New Ekpress Train from KL airport to the city was $12 - 83km and took 28 minutes. Fast, clean, spacious and modern - adjectives I suspect I won't be using too frequently from now on! Stayed at our unsual City Hotel in Chinatown and said hello to our favourite drinking hole. Decided on one of Peter's forced marches to visit the Bird Park - touristy but great, millions of familiar and unfamiliar birds in an enormous enclosure. Really just treading water for 2 days until INDIA!! OK so far - arrived at...

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Apr 9, 2009 - Sightseeing in Trichy

9 p.m. Well, i'm once again down the street from my hotel here in Trichy at an internet cafe. I've had another full day here in the south of India. Today I started my sightseeing tour of Trichy at the city’s most famous landmark, the Rock Fort, an 80 meter rock formation which abruptly adjuts from the otherwise flat landscape of the area. As the name implies, the rock formerly housed a fort used to defend the area. Today, the Ganesh Temple complex sits at the top of the rock formation. From the top of the Rock Fort, I had excellent views of...

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Break From the Law

Feb 10, 2009 - Tirucchirappalli (Trichy) via Erode

2-10 Checked into Kanchana Lodge. 2-11 Went to Rock Fort temple, saw it from a distance, walked to the entrance where a narrow passage leads pilgrims past sellers crammed shoulder to shoulder w/ all sorts of pujas (offerings) to buy. Here we encountered the obligatory 'take off your shoes' and we declined, seeing nothing that was amazing or amuzing ahead. Being the end of the day and sun setting we weren't going to climb the 100's of steps to the top anyway. Opposite the entry street to the Rock Fort stands the impressive spires of the...

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Dec 10, 2008 - A slow day

HIGHLIGHTS • Absolutely nothing – just the train ride DETAIL The train is late, only twenty minutes and I am off to Trichy, home of more temples. It’s only a two hour journey and I don’t chat much and plan my itinerary for the next few legs. Not so much plan as I have done this, it’s more of how to get from here to there. The ‘Trains at a Glance’ is and exceptional book. It lists all trains by: train number, route and station. It’s taken a while for me to understand it and now I am dab hand at it. I have made a few mistakes along the way...

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Jan 26, 2008 - Trichy and a day trip to Tanjore

Getting a hotel room in Trichy proved to be difficult: its wedding season and its the weekend, so the best of the cheapest hotels are fully booked, but eventually I end up in a half decent place and decide to give the sightseeing a miss on my first day. There are two temples in Trichy: the Rock Fort temple which isn't much really, and the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple which is supposedly the largest Hindu temple in India. This is worth a look around and I thought more impressive than the temple at Madurai. I followed this visit up with a walk...

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Where's Malcolm?

Sep 30, 2007 - Rock City

I must apologise for all the gaps that are appearing in this blog - there are entries to come, they're just not publishable yet. I had been trying to arrange onward transport from Pondi since yesterday morning. The tourist office told me that if i wanted to go to Trichy on the 10 o'clock bus i would need to book in advance. I therefore went to the bus station in the morning to try and book. I eventually got passed on with a grunt from the first window i went to. The second window refused to take a reservation as it was not yet eight o'clock...

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