The backwaters of Kerala

Yes, amazing as it may seem, I took the kingfisher picture myself. Writing up my blog will have to wait a while though because the heat doesn’t seem to be … Continue Reading →

Adam’s Bridge

We broke our long drive to Madurai for lunch at a small town called Chettinaadu and found ourselves being both entertained and educated before enjoying one of the finest meals … Continue Reading →

The Great, Living Chola Temples

Getting around this amazing set of temples and keeping track of names like Gangaikondacholapuram (yes, that’s eight syllables – count them!) has been more than exhausting enough. I’m going to … Continue Reading →

Auroville, a French route to Enlightenment

Auroville, City of the Dawn, is a New Age experiment in communal living, founded in 1968 and situated just outside of the former French colony of Pondicherry. Unsurprisingly,  I found … Continue Reading →

Mahabalipuram, World Heritage Site

I have frequently been surprised to be reminded that there are only 32 World Heritage Sites in India, given its size and the great wealth of historical and cultural treasures … Continue Reading →

The Platinum Path to Salvation

When last I wrote Grahame and I were being driven up the holiest hill in India in our attempt to join one of the many long, twisting queues that lead … Continue Reading →

Too many Temples

For our second day in India we made an excursion to Kanchipurum, 50 miles West of Chennai and known as the City of a Thousand Temples. Mercifully our itinerary permitted … Continue Reading →

Welcome to Tamil Nadu

This morning Grahame and I arrived in Chennai at 8am after a long and tiring journey to find that most of the conventional museums and monuments were closed for the … Continue Reading →