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Our Adventure Continues…

February 18th, 2009 by Pauline Ranieri, UW Alumni Tours

elephantOn 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 sunset1Karate, 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.

2 Responses to “Our Adventure Continues…”

  1. Ray Ranieri says:

    I have enjoyed Pauline’s comments on her tour of southern India,
    especially the segment on Cochin, which my wife and I visited a few
    years back and loved the area.The photos are great also.

  2. Kyle Funakoshi says:

    The festival is called “Purim” and is a specialty of Kerala – particularly around the Trichur area. The festival is characterized by loud horns/drumming, posing on elephants, and fireworks (though I would think that elephants and fireworks are not a good mix).

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