Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Yindia!!!!!!!!! Day 4 - A Peechi Day!!

Another day goes by and i still cldnt get up early enuff for the sunrise .... but as soon as i woke up i grabbed my camera and headed out of the hotel for a walk around Palakkad... mostly everything was closed not because it was early in the morning but because it was Onum Holidays.... there was still some activity around...

From India Day 5 to 8


Walked around and got a few stares from people but also a lot of smiles... but there was no mention of the word, PRESS!!! maybe becos its Kerala and me having Tamil looks... ... they knew i was a tourist...

From India Day 5 to 8


I walked through a few rows of shops which were all closed ... then suddenly through one of the narrow pathways i heard a crowd... and stumbled upon the market.... buzzing with activity... The centre of the market's courtyard a number of different types of bananas were spread out......




I realized that the locals did not try and talk to me in Malayalam nor Tamil ...but straight away tried speaking to me in English.... well... i still didnt understand them... but they were a friendly bunch and were not camera shy...


It was too bad that i could not stay longer and explore the market some more... we were leaving Pallakad soon so i had to made my way back to the hotel.... got ready and as usual had some delicious idli for breakfast.......

We stopped a few places on the way back to Coimbatore..... .... Mother-in-law wanted to visit Potta Retreat Centre... one of the biggest Catholic retreat centre in Asia... we managed to find it but then were told that the one we were at was the smaller one... The bigger, newer one was at a different location close by.... but from the directions given ...it didnt sound close by.... so we walked around for a bit and then got back on the road...

Kumar took us on a diversion to visit Peechi Dam.... it was so last minute we actually decided to go there at right at the junction of the turn off.... ... It mainly serves as a water catchment area and a wildlife sanctuary but during the monsoon season the dam gates are fully opened... .... Talking about monsoon... just as we walked into the entrance... it started raining so heavily... well it did rain on and off from Palakkad all the way to Peechi but this time the skies opened up and it poured like nobodies business ..... We waited about 20 minutes for the rain to die down before we made our way across the dam.... it was very nice lah... but were running out of time.... Would have been nice to go down to the garden area below and also take a few shots of the dam from down there....


The other thing about Peechi Dam is that photography is TOTALLY prohibited.... .......


When we made our way back to the parking lot Kumar asked me if i wanted to drive... at first i was a little hesitant but then i said... what the heck.... So i drove out to the main road and continued our journey ..... Man i tell you although i was averaging about 100km and going up to speeds of about 130km .... it was the overtaking which really got to me lah... scary... it was clear that i was going to make our journey even more longer ... so i handed the keys back to Kumar when we stopped for a drink....

We also stopped at a handcraft and traditional furniture shop.... besides getting asked not to take potografs... i didnt do anything else.... beautiful but i think i was just too tired to be interested....

We were really hungry when we reached Coimbatore.... so the first thing we did was eat.... We went to Sree Annapurna Sree Gowrishanker Restaurant at the People's Park Building for a late lunch.... the place was packed when we got there .... and when we ate the food we knew why........


I crashed when we got reached the house.... but Kumar and the ladies headed out for more saree shopping.... Me... I just lazed around and watched tv that night...... i did go out and stand in the wind for awhile...... it was sooooo windy.... and really chilly.......brrrrrrrrr............ the clouds looked fierce and true enough it rained... and as daft as this may sound.... it felt so 'peechi'...... ....

To Be Continued
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1 comment:

sabrina said...

Aiya what a waste i didn't read thi post before i left....would have drilled you bout coimbatore!!! But i love the pcitures la...especialy of the bananas! Haahahahaha