Sudden rickshaw invite while we were shoveling in breakfast, seconds later we were bombing through sand covered roads and snaking through backwaters on our way to an unknown event.
Sai Baba organizers give this home to a local woman who had been living on a cot in a flooded field. The house was constructed by volunteers, many of them college students home for the holidays. The altar is to Sai Baba, one of the most notorious Indian superstar gurus, below are religious photos from Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam.
Portuguese Church built in the late 1500's.
Chai walla going up top, he did this quickly and accurately with every cup of chai before serving it, adding froth, cooling the beverage, and behaving like a boss.
View from the top of Athirappilly Falls.
This is one sliver of a giant temple festival procession that was crawling down the street. We stopped to eat an early dinner and took in the festival. A single temple festival in a small town in India can make all of the Christmas hubbub seem tame.
Lines of men spinning parade floats as they move down the street, somehow not getting dizzy or falling over under the weight of the decked out layer cakes.
One of the many drum circles peppered throughout the parade march.