My Tamil Nadu Tourism hotel in Mandapam was a pleasant surprise. Right on the beach, next to the Coast Guard base with shining hovercrafts for company, little beautiful jetty on the left. Lovely night on the beach. Absolutely beautiful morning.
The ride from Mandapam to Kanyakumari was to complete one major milestone for our household of complex people. One fine morning, we had decided that we must go to three places no one had heard of and party there. 1. Orcha. 2. Tirunelvelli. 3. Even we can’t remember the name now. I had missed Orcha by a few hundred kilometeres so it was important I make it to the others. Tirunelvelli lies on the way to Kanyakumari. I was excited. To actually see our dream destination for a party.
Tirunelvelli was like any other medium sized town in Tamil Nadu. It was as un-eventful as it could get. Perfect for our party. Unfortunately, it was raining all the time and I couldn’t get my camera out.
In fact, it rained all day on the way. All the way to Kanyakumari.
About 45 kilometers away from Kanyakumari, one ends up riding through a massive wind farm. A wind farm is a very very unusual thing. For the better part of an hour, it felt like I was in Gulliver’s Travel. Giant, lumbering concrete structures with arms protruding out like monsters meditating. Serene yet constantly in motion. Like Yin and Yang. Its surreal. Unfortunately, rain again. So no pictures. I really wanted to click.
Kanyakumari is the southern most point of the Indian mainland. The idea always was to circle around the country and take a u-turn at Kanyakumari.
Kanyakumari was a disappointment. Too many people. Not very clean place for a sea-side. The Rock Memorial was nice but not nice enough to take a 20 second boat ride to. The view point to see the three oceans was also nothing great. Let me tell you, it is super difficult to spot any differences.