On the way to Cochin, Sandhya spotted what she thought might be a special festival taking place at a small temple. Once again we enjoyed a serendipitous stop along the road. It’s been these non-itinerary experiences that have sometimes been highlights of each day. We listened to the temple “band” while marveling at two impressively decorated elephants that were getting ready to be paraded through the community.
When I read that we had a performance of a local martial art on the afternoon’s agenda, I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting anything too exciting…boy was I ever wrong. It turns out that ‘Kalaripayattu’ is a 2,000-year-old martial art that is the forerunner of Karate, Kung-fu and possibly even yoga. The demonstration kept us spellbound for over an hour and the physical strength and flexibility of the performers were quite incredible.
A sunset cruise, followed by an outdoor, waterside barbeque topped our day.