Kerala Diaries – 5 :)

Day 5 , 6 & 7

On Day 5, we checked out of the resort and went to Thrissur, to attend the marriage. We met our family at Thrissur, and the next three days were spent in family bonding and visiting temples at Thrissur and Guruvayoor, as well as the famous Guruvayoor elephant sanctuary.

I loved the temples that we saw in Kerala – they have something special about them I can’t put my finger on. Some of the temples we visited had thousands of lamps (literally) lit, and I just adored the picture they made!

The above picture is that of one of the temples we visited. The Kerala temples have a unique shape – quite similar to Buddhist monasteries – and it reminded me of Bylakuppe and Thailand.

Almost all temples had a beautiful, clear pond behind them, making me want to sit there forever. πŸ™‚

We visited the Guruvayoor Krishna temple too, and I loved it. Sadly, photography is not allowed inside the temple. 😦

I fell in love with the elephant sanctuary at Guruvayoor – a kind of resting place for the temple elephants. I just LOVED it. Not a surprise, considering that I LOVE elephants. There are about 60 elephants here, and it is a real treat looking at them. The above picture is that of an elephant being scrubbed down and bathed. πŸ™‚

We had fun talking to a mahaut at the sanctuary, who told us a number of interesting facts about elephants. For instance, that the average elephant lives for 120 years!! Isn’t that amazing?!

We saw the elephant that former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha has adopted at the sanctuary, and the cute Appu who has won several races in Kerala. It was awesome fun. Don’t miss this place if you are visiting Kerala. πŸ™‚

The elephant sanctuary was the last place we visited in Kerala, after which it was back to Bangalore. That’s the end of the Kerala diaries, but not of the countless memories related to the trip. πŸ™‚

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10 responses to “Kerala Diaries – 5 :)

  1. Very nice. I love that very ethnic and homely look of temples in Kerala too πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  2. Wat else s there to comment abt Kerala. Awesome

  3. Priya, this elephant sanctuary looks like a wonderful place. Beautiful photos. They capture the spiritual aspect of the grounds in a down-to-earth way.

  4. Anu

    I’m sure this must be the most memorable trip for you! Such an enchanting, unique experiences!
    Guruvaryur temple is a lovely place!

    • priyaiyer

      @Anu

      Yes, it was a memorable trip for both of us. Maybe not the most memorable one, but lovely indeed. πŸ™‚
      I loved the Guruvayoor temple and the elephant sanctuary.

  5. Kavitha

    Lovely compilation of the trip, Priya!! The photogrpahs are totally awesome!!!

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