Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Day 170 - Aug 25 - In KanyaKumari

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The day was to spend around the KanyaKumari. The hotel staff wake up every one at the hotel so that we can walk up the tower on the hotel to view the sunrise. It was pretty cold and hoped to see un. But not much hope cos its not the season of clear skies. As feared could only see some pretty colorful clouds blocking the sun. Took a lot of pix and went back to the room for couple of hours of more sleep. Leisurely got ready and walked towards the boat jetty for the two rock islands visit. As i took the ticket and went in, was shocked to see the number of ppl waiting! thought to skipping but the guard reassured me that the ferry were huge and would carry the whole bunch in one go. well ok will wait it out then. After a few mins the Q moves and its lots of pple getting in and out of the big ferry. Had to jump in the ferry being pushed around by the waves. With the ferry full, its smooth wavey sail till the vivekananda rock. There's even a small temple where a foot print on stone has been preserved and worshiped. Its believed to the foot print of Kanya, one of the incarnations of goddess parvathi, where she meditated on one foot for years to impress upon Lord shiva to marry her. It was great looking at the wast expanse of Indian ocean and what do you know i am not on mainland India! Could stare at the south tip of India from the rock. Waited for the next ferry to get us on to the Thiruvalvar statue rock and then back to main land India. Had lunch in saravana veg hotel and got to the room. It was a bit hot in the noon but pretty comfy in the room.

Its only 5.30 when i get out of the room again. As suggested by arun take my bike and ride out a lil to the right from the coastal tip and there's beach road and at the end of it a small road going parallel to the sea till a point where sunset could be viewed. Was hungry and it was time for street food made with boiled peas and groundnuts. Yummy i must say. I was pretty early for sunset and wait it out feeling the cool sea breeze, which was more like wind! It as a great spot but like morning there are clouds in distant horizon and the sunset was not visible. Ride back after when it was getting dark. As i was walking to the tip see the Wondering monk museum and walked in. Where Swami vivekanada's journey of india was depicted. Could not read all of it as it was a lot of text. walked by the parts of the journey and a read a bit of the Kanyakumari session of his journey. Where he have no money to pay for the boat man, jumped into the raging sea, swam to the rock, and introspected his whole journey so far, before traveling up the east coast.

was out and walked on to the beach and sat there at the tip. I haven't spent much time till now looking back at the journey so far. Cos for me its not over till its over. But thought would emulate Swamy vivakanada in some way. No i am not swimming to the rock :D. Just sat there looking at the Indian ocean thinking about the journey so far, the places i have been, the experiences i have gained, the people i have met and wondering if i have changed a bit. It felt good. sat there observing the waves till it got really cold and wind hard to bear. Walked back to the room and kinda i am already heading north.

Morning view of the south tip of India. Looking out for Sunrise...




The Next five pictures are a panorama of the south sea...














Not much of a sunrise as skies are not clear this time of the year...


The best part of sunrise...


A light house nearby...


Sun getting higher





Windmill farm afar...


the south tip of western ghats...


Bike in the parking lot...


the lobby of the hotel room...


The memorial and the statue in day light...


Viveknanada rock memorial...


Thiruvalvar statue...


Beach view from the hotel lobby...


Transparent lift..


Q shelter for the ferry...


Quite a long Q!


Going to the rocks...








Passengers going in and out of the ferry... Huge ones that can carry 150 ppl!


The ferry...


The crowd in the ferry...


And we set sail...


the statue from near...


Looking at the mainland India..


The wall of Kanyakumari temple..


There is one more ticket counter on the vivekananda rock!


Shri pada mandap...


Me at the memorial..


The directions on the floor...




The indian ocean..


Me and the indian ocean...


Powerful waves pounding the rocks...


A fishing boat by the rocks..





A lil gyan...


Q waiting for the ferry to hop on to the next rock...


People jumping into the rocking ferry...


The statue up close...


me there...


Some teachings...


the lights the light up the statue in the evening...


Looking up from the foot


Zoom into the face...





The hotel i was staying...


me posing..


The Tri sea view


The ferry coming to take us back..


One of the levels in the staute...


Some teachings...


The rough sea between the rocks...


South indian thali at Savarana Veg...


A sunrise and sunset view tower...


huge waves..


can see the lot of sea haze...


Bike and the indian ocean...


Ride west to get a bettor view of sunset





Unsinkable fishing boats...


My evening snack being prepared...


A fishing boat being assembled...





Bike and the setting sun


The snack


The snack and the beach great combination...


Some fish left to dry...


Sunset and the bike...





Not much of a sunset view due to distant clouds in the horizon


The rock lit up in the night...


The wondering monk museam...


Buy anything in the shop for 5 bux!


The rocks again...








The huge temple wall...


Light house in action...

7 comments:

santhoshbikes said...

photos are tooo good..when you are to mysore???
welcome mysore..
my no 09900194838

Arun said...

//Walked back to the room and kinda i am already heading north//

this trip made you diplomatic..! :D

Sprotor said...

yay! . lighthouse jinga

Anonymous said...

Welcome back to namma Bengaluru...I have been following your blog for more than a year now and my team mates are BIG fans! they have one question : HOW DID U LEAVE OFFICE for SUCH a LONG TIME and HOW DID u manage FUNDS ??? for this trip??

Anonymous said...

Huh!! Finally the Trip is Over. :(

Abhay said...

Hey Praveen!
Mixed reactions to see you back in bangalore. Happy because you are back home safely, sad because I will not have anything to lookup to !!

So what's next ?

Praveen said...

Will catchup in Mysore Santosh :)

Hehe that was looking at the directions :)

sprotor: It was very near to the hotel and you guys could have got great shots of it were you here :)

Anon1: I quit my job and the expanses were on my savings :)

Not really sure whats next Abhay. Will have to see :)

Anon2: It sure has :)