Here I am, safe and sound in Kanyakumari, at the southern tip of India, after an epic bus ride. I will come back to this soon because Indian driving deserves its own post!
Kanyakumari, seaside town
Kanyakumari is a seaside town with some peculiarities that deserve to be highlighted:
The first: it is a place where three waters meet: the Indian Ocean, the Bengal Sea and the Arabian Sea. If we look closely, we can see the blue, green and less pleasant… brown waters.
The second: from here you can observe both the sunrise and the sunset in the sea. A beautiful red sun, very pure that I did not really manage to shoot.
The third: a memorial for Gandhi was erected facing the sea. This temple was created by 3 architects: a Hindu, a Muslim and a Christian as a sign of peace. Even though it’s nothing fancy, I liked the very peaceful place where local tourists come and go as a sign of gratitude to the Mahatma.
The fourth: another memorial for an Indian philosopher Swami Vivekanda (1863-1902). It is erected on a rock 400m off the coast of Kanyakumari. I visited this place in the company of Ayon, a future monk (who follows this philosophy) and who offered me a book by this writer detailing his philosophy. Too nice… I will be able to educate myself and learn more about Rata Yoga. Finally I feel that I am slowly heading towards meditation! If it can make me feel more relaxed when I get back, why not? On another small neighboring island, there is a statue of the poet Thiruvalluvar that cannot be missed. It’s a bit like the local Statue of Liberty apparently (40.5m high). I just wasn’t touched so I have no opinion maybe he is famous here!
I like the atmosphere of this small town which is ultimately seaside only for the locals… I liked walking around at sunset and taking pictures… I will let you discover some pictures.