India

Boat trip to the backwaters

Boat trip to the backwaters

Slow breakfast service So today, a trip to the backwaters are on my program. But first, a hearty breakfast in the restaurant of the hotel; good food, but the service this morning happens at an incredible snail’s pace. If I had known this in advance, I would have ordered my breakfast already when I was […]

To the west coast of Kerala

To the west coast of Kerala

Trying to find a bus to Alleppey on a Sunday Another day of traveling ahead, to Aleppey on the west coast of Kerala. To be on the safe side, I inquire at the information desk of the bus station to check whether there are any direct buses to Alleppey on Sundays. No, it seems, so […]

Trip to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Trip to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

A decent explanation at the Information Center It almost goes without saying that I will visit the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary today, after all, that is s what it is about here in Kumily. After breakfast – sweet cakes with a glass of tea at a street stall – I start my search. I inquire at […]

Adventurous bus ride to Kumily

Adventurous bus ride to Kumily

Figuring out when the bus leaves to Kumily Yesterday I learned how to avoid the detour to Kochi over Madurai. So in the morning, I enter two more travel agencies to inquire about a bus ride to Kumily, near the Periyar Nature Park. Twice I hear this is only possible with a local bus. There […]

Coming to rest in Kodaikanal

Coming to rest in Kodaikanal

Waiting for the minivan to Kodai The day starts with a sample of Indian time; the minibus to Kodaikanal would arrive at 7.15 am, but I have to wait until a quarter to eight before it comes through. And even then, we still need to pick up a few people, which means we only get […]

Heading to the Gandhi museum

Heading to the Gandhi museum

To the Gandhi museum by bus During my last day in Madurai, I want to visit the Tamukkam Palace and the nearby Gandhi museum. According to the travel guide book, you reach them with buses 2, 3, or 4. After breakfast, I study the city plan and head to the bus station. When I arrive […]

Near the Meenakshi temple with intrusive sellers

Near the Meenakshi temple with intrusive sellers

Slow start of the day As I wake up with diarrhea, I reduce my breakfast to toast and tea. Only at half-past three in the afternoon, I head towards the Meenakshi temple, which will not open again until four o’clock. When I arrive at the temple, a tailor approaches. He says he already spotted me […]

The rooftops of Madurai on the handicraft centers

The rooftops of Madurai on the handicraft centers

Taking the express bus to Madurai Not a very good day today, although there are positive things to report. I got up with a severe stomach ache, yesterday’s fish is probably the cause. The bus ride to Madurai runs smoothly. This time I took an express bus; the difference with standard buses is that these […]

Temple highlights in Trichy

Temple highlights in Trichy

Cake and pastries for breakfast Today should be a day of visiting the temple highlights in Trichy. But I woke up this morning after a terrible night’s sleep; I had hung up my mosquito net so I couldn’t use the ventilator, which resulted in hours of terrible sweating. Not so far from where I am […]

My first exploration of Trichy

My first exploration of Trichy

No help at the bus station After breakfast, a rice pancake with a curry and a green yogurt sauce, I head to the bus station for the trip to Trichy. They are incredibly unhelpful there; the only thing I hear is that I have to go to the last terminal. Five minutes later, a bus […]