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Thursday 20 Feb 2014
Trichy, India

Trichy to Chettinad

Day 4

Trichy Hotel pool
Trichy Hotel pool

This was a temple morning. First our driver took us to see Sri Rangam temple in Trichy. This I believe is the largest Hindu temple in India. It has 4 main towers and several subsidiaries in a large walled compound of 3km circumference. The tower faces were covered in carved religious figures beautifully painted in various colours. It was very impressive.

We were then taken to see a 2nd smaller but also impressive temple called Jambukeshwarar.There was an Indian wedding taking place which we could not see but soon the married couple appeared and were led around the temple interior with family and friends by a small painted elephant.

Jambukeshwarar Temple
Jambukeshwarar Temple

Lunch time arrived and our driver offered to take us to an authentic Indian restaurant serving South Indian vegetarian. We readily accepted and were served a vegetarian Thali – many small dishes on a large plate with rice and pappadums. It was all very delicious and the total bill-presumably including the Driver’s lunch (very similar but not identical to ours) was about £4.

Elephant
Elephant

After lunch we had a 2hour drive to Chettinad and our next hotel Saratha vilas. This is an old mansion converted and run by 2 French architects. It is a stylish Heritage Hotel and is very comfortable with inner courtyards, interesting rooms and numerous Indian artefacts on show. The only drawback is the place is teetotal! Notwithstanding that we had a very nice 3 course dinner sitting with 4 other guests and the 2 owners and rounded off by tea / coffee in the central courtyard.  

Saratha Vilas
Saratha Vilas

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