Thirumayam Fort- Final Stop on the Road trip to Madurai

Thirumayam Fort, Tamil Nadu

Thirumayam Fort, Tamil Nadu

The Thirumayam Fort appears seemingly out of nowhere- poking out of rocks on a large hill.  We enjoyed the reason to get out of the car and stretch a bit.  Some of the walls are crumbling.   There is a colorfully painted temple by the water, where people bathe and wash their clothes.

the fort rising out of the rocks

the fort rising out of the rocks

women washing by crumbling wall of fort

women washing clothes by a crumbling wall of the fort

entrance to temple by the water

entrance to temple by the water

temple by the water

temple by the water

view of the water at the Thirumayam fort

view of the water

pink flower growing wild

pretty pink flower

road to Madurai

road to Madurai

When we finally reached Madurai, Kevin leaned over to me, pointing out the window:

mountain being mined for granite

mountain being mined for granite

A closer look:

mountain sliced right in half like a loaf of bread

mountain sliced right in half like a loaf of bread

On Kevin’s last trip to India he stood at a temple on top of a mountain with a guide.  The young boy told him that his father or grandfather remembered when the line of hills was continuous but in the lifetime of his father & grandfather the mountains had been quarried down. So, what used to be a mountain was now a hole.   Granite is so common in South India, it’s even used for fence posts!

cows, one of my favorite sights in India

cows everywhere, one of the things I miss most about India!

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