Journey to the tip of India

Friday, January 21, 2011
Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, India
After spending lazy days on the beaches of Kovalam, we decided to take a day trip to Kanyakamari, taking in Padmanabhapuram Palace on the way.

We meet our driver Amil at 9 .30 in the morning. The drive there was an experience in itself - there doesn't seem to be any hard and fast rules of the road in India; you drive on the left hand side of the road, unless there is another vehicle in your way, at which point you overtake. So long as you beep your horn, driving head on at traffic on the opposite side of the road doesn't seem to matter...

Padmanabhapuram Palace was very peaceful (especially compared to our journey!) We first went round the archaeological museum; lots of stone carvings of Gods, ancient weapons, coins and paintings depicting various gruesome scenes from history. The palace itself was beautiful, made almost entirely from wood, every room intricately carved. One of the main rooms had 90 carved flowers on the ceiling, each one unique.

Then we went to Kanyakamari, the southern most tip of India, where three oceans meet. We went by boat to the rock memorial, the sea was very rough and the indian ladies were singing (and taught me to sing) "Om Mahadeva" and clapping, basically asking Shiva to stop us from drowning!

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