Cities, Mountains and Rocks

As the sultry heat of the Indian summer is often unbearable, the British had built so-called “hill stations” in the cooler mountains in India interiour. As there are also India’s large tea plantations, one could combine holiday and work with each other. And so did we (more the holiday part).

Nebel über der Teeplantage

First we took a nerve-wracking bus trip to Kodaikanal where we chilled for a week on the organic Kahuna farm in a small mud hut. The place was magical and our host a cool guy. While Franka recovered from a cold, I tried to feed her up with homemade chocolate.

Unser Gastgeber auf der Kahuna-Farm

Ich, Tarzan, du Jane!

Then we undertook an unforgettable five hour train ride with an old little steam train up to Ooty, the largest mountain station of India. There we did a day hike through the beautiful surroundings, including lush green tea fields and huge eucalyptus trees.

Der Ooty-Express

Then we went to Chennai, the largest city in India’s east coast, where we visited a movie set and even tried to act a bit.

Hahaha, fahr zu, Sklavin!!!

In addition, we went through a Reiki course in Pondicherry and visited the nearby Auroville, an international alternative city experiment.

Futuristischer Tempel in Auroville

Also, we could admire further huge Hindu temples and visit interesting markets. As a conclusion, we drove by bus to Hampi, a huge ancient city built from massive stone blocks, which was eventually just abandoned. Very mystical.

In der Geisterstadt Hampi

Wäschewaschen, die indische Art

All photos on the report can be found here: Cities, mountains and rocks

And then we even had this appointment for a real Indian wedding in Pune …