The following day it was time for a bit of traditional sightseeing in and around Madras, but this time in the company of the group from Denmark, which I had met up with the day before.
The two ladies in the front left part of this picture was my connection to the group of about 20 people. I know these two from my political work back in Denmark. In the black dress Lisbeth is the chairman of my local party branch and to the left of her Margrethe is our city council member. Margrethe also has a small travel agency specialising in South India, so she was the mastermind behind the trip. The rest of the group you'll get to see in later post. I believe the Church you see is called Basilica of San Thomas, after the apostle whose tomb allegedly lies beneath the church.
From the church we went to the nearby 16th century Kapaleeswarar Temple with an impressive 40 metre tall Gopuram. In typical South Indian style it is covered with colourful carved figures.
A closer look at the amazing works of art decorating the Gopuram.
And finally an extreme closeup of two characters I believe to be brothers.
A dog relaxing outside small house near the temple.
Later in the day we moved on to a great open air museum south of Madras, called Dakshinchitra. It displays traditional 19th and 20th century architecture from the four southernmost Indian states. The concept is very much like Den Gamle By open air museum in my previous home town of Århus, Denmark. What you see in the picture above is a coastal house from Andhra Pradesh, made round to better resist the furious hurricanes that are common there. Outside Lisbeth is with the help of a local lady trying to figure out how to operate a small, noisy hand made toy.
A view of the inner chamber of the same house as above. You can walk freely in and out of most of the houses on display making it a very enjoyable experience.
Traditional house of Karnataka state made in a completely different style with stone being the dominating element. A great part of the joy of this museum is discovering just how different the architectural styles are just between four neighbouring states in South India.
Inside the Karnataka House.
A bedroom from the family of a Syrian Christian family in the state of Kerala.
A Tamil Village Street, once again modeled after real life house - although I imagine this street to be a bit cleaner than a real life 19th century Tamil street would have.
Outside a Tamil weaver's house.
Inside the weaver's house.