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Staying at Kandarth Tharavad remains one of the highlights of our journey through Southern India. Bhags was the most wonderful host and welcomed us into his beautiful, historic home with warmth and enthusiasm.
The food was delicious and served on a pretty verandah by the garden. We loved walking through the rice paddies in the evening, meeting local children, and watching egrets and wild peacocks but there was an extra surprise in store, Bhags had arranged for his guests (two of us, seven altogether) to visit the amazing spectacle that is Pariyanampetta Valiya Aarattu.
This is a huge festival with tens of thousands of people, 400 musicians and dancers, and 21 decorated elephants. Bags arranged access to the rooftop of a building at the side of the temple, so after a great breakfast at the Ramassery idli café, we all headed off to enjoy a most thrilling day.
We spent some time at street level during the early stages of the Pooram. Then, when the temple got really crowded and the Elephants started coming down the hillside, we were able to retreat to the safe vantage point at the top of the building. The TV crews were all there too! This was the most unexpected and thrilling day of our trip. Thank you so much Bhags, I hope we shall be back to see you again one day.
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