Friday, June 12, 2009

Day trip to Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari is located at the southernmost tip of Indian, it is also know by its former name Cape Comorin. It’s about 13 miles from my village so we took a day trip to see some memorials. It lies at the meeting point of three bodies of water: the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean.

As with everywhere else in South India you see fresh fruit stands EVERYWHERE!!
A typical spice shop... all the spices are so fresh
We needed to take a boat to see our first memorial... Devin showing us the way
It's extremely sunny and hot so hats are a must! You can buy them locally for less than a dollar--stylish, aren't they?

Vivekananda Rock Memorial-a sacred monument and popular tourist attraction that we took the boat ride to. The memorial stands on one of two rocks located about 500 meters off mainland India's southernmost tip. It’s in honor of the visit of the great spiritual teacher Swami Vivekananda. He swam to this rock and meditated about the past, present and future of India. It is said that he attained enlightenment on the rock, and then became a reformer and philosopher.
After the boat ride we got some local sodas... yum!! I already miss the Limca
Gandhi Memorial-ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were kept here as well as other locations all over the country and the world
View of the marketplace from the tip of the Ghandi Memorial
Yummy!! Fried goodness right on the street
The fried onion tastes very much like a bloomin' onion according to Devin I stuck to the fried chilies--very spicy!!
Elephants walking along the streets are not all that uncommon

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