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Daily Photo • INDIA – TAMIL NADU – KANYAKUMARI

Daily Photo • INDIA – TAMIL NADU – KANYAKUMARI

South of India, Tamil Nadu history dates back to several thousand years. This state is rich in monuments and temples that are ancient and each has its own story of religious, artistic and cultural accomplishment. It is a land where traditions and culture blend and continue to live. Month of April is full of ceremonies and that’s when I went to witness them. Three cities got on my list, Trichy, Madurai, and most south-est point – Kanyakumari. It is known for amazing sunsets and sunrises which draws western and local travelers. For local people it looks like has more meaning than just beauty of nature, every morning crowds come to worship sunrise while bathing in waters where Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal meet.
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Daily Photo • INDIA – TAMIL NADU – TRICHY

Daily Photo • INDIA – TAMIL NADU – TRICHY

Trichy itself has a long history dating back to the centuries before the Christian era when it was a Chola citadel the city and its fort, as they stand today, were built by the Nayaks of Madurai. Most famous landmark of Tiruchirappalli (Trichy)  is the Rock Fort Temple, a spectacular monument perched on a massive rock which rises abruptly from the plain to tower over the old city. Visited this city during Hindu new year and it was full of local tourists, pilgrims and ceremonies.
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Daily Photo • SRI LANKA – POLONNARUWA

Daily Photo • SRI LANKA – POLONNARUWA

For three centuries Polonnaruwa was a royal capital of both the Chola and Sinhalese kingdoms. It is nearly 1000 years old. The monuments are arranged in a reasonably compact garden setting and their development is easy to follow. It is best to explore by bicycle, which you can rent from several places in town.
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