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.
When we finally reached Madurai, Kevin leaned over to me, pointing out the window:
A closer look:
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!