Monthly Archives: March 2013

Elephanta Caves

This world heritage site is on a small island close to Mumbai (formerly Bombay). Boats from the Gateway of India depart regularly so it is not difficult to get to. Getting to Mumbai from Badami was however something of an … Continue reading

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Group of Monuments at Pattadakal

I spent some while pondering how to get to see this world heritage site, even briefly considering the taxi option advertised around Hampi. The nearest town to Pattadakal, Badami, is only a hundred kilometres away and has a railway station, … Continue reading

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Group of Monuments at Hampi

An early morning train departure from Goa followed by a bus ride got me to Hampi in the late afternoon, where, having checked out the uninspiring accomodation opportunities in the village, I took one of the tiny ferries across the … Continue reading

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Churches and Convents of Goa

Goa is a substantial distance from my last port of call and I had planned to get there via two long train journeys up the west coast, immediately after I’d travelled on the Nilgiri mountain railway. I had even managed … Continue reading

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Nilgiri Mountain Railway

This is one of three small railways that form the Mountain Railways of India world heritage site, the other two being in the north of the country. I chose to make a detour to this one because unlike the other … Continue reading

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Great Living Chola Temples

This world heritage site comprises three temples; I visited the greatest and earliest of them, the Brihadisvara Temple in the town of Thanjavur. It was built in the early eleventh century by Rajaraja Chola I, a ruler of the medieval … Continue reading

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Through a corner of Tamil Nadu by bus

The next stop on my itinerary was in the town of Thanjavur, about 300km south-west. My original plan to get there from Mahabelipuram had been to take a bus back up to Chennai then catch an overnight train south again. … Continue reading

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