17 April 2017
Mangalore – Murudeshwar (136 km)
Early morning in the growing town of Mangalore (here: one of the many construction sites across the city, next to our hotel). Before hitting the road again, we visited a local school supported by Round Table India with their program “Freedom through Education”, that provides basic infrastructure for primary education all over India, reaching out to about one million children over a period of 10 years. Many of us had brought gifts and collected money to support the school and the children. We spent a refreshing hour there before leaving for our next destination
We tried to contact the service car, but none of our phones could make a connection. Another team passing by called them, and half an hour later we were on the road again. It had been a simple spark plug defect, nothing serious. After that, driving was as easy as pie.
|Giant temple float|
|On the road again|
|Among rickshaw wallah colleagues|
Afternoon stop at one of the many beautiful Kerala beaches.
|The children ignored the danger and threw themselves into the ocean waves.|
|Others prefered a rest in the shadow, including this friendly dog, for which we managed to organise a little lunch.|
We arrived in Murudshvar much earlier than we had thought and had lots of time to explore the little temple town and its treasures.
|Most others had even arrived before us.|
|Second tallest Shiva statue in the world|
|Very popular beach! In the last years, Murudeshvar has turned into a vacation spot rather than a pilgrim destination.|
|20 story high temple tower, accessible with a lift - breath-taking view!|
|Strongly protected holy plant (I couldn't identify the species)|
|Our hotel was the building on the right side, still on temple ground (and therefore serving no alcohol)|
|Temple statues; Indian cows are usually not that fat|
|Caressing crow couple|
|Thanks for your assistance!!|
|The children couldn't get enough of the hotel pool|
|Splendid night view - the end of another wonderful day!|