Welcome to the Jungle – Part I

Hey Guys! ♥

I’m sorry for the long wait since my last post, but now I’m finally back with some more stories and pictures to share 😉 Last week, some of our batch went on a trip to Kerala, and for the next few days, I will keep you posted on all the great things we saw and experienced there. Kerala, in the very south of India, is vastly different from Pune. The climate is outright tropical, it’s continously hot and humid, and everywhere you look everything is green, green, green. At some places, especially in the backwaters on the coast and the mountain region around the Munnar tea plantations, you are right in the middle of the jungle (including regularly visits from small groups of monkeys). Nevertheless, Kerala is also an incredibly diverse state, and none of the four cities we visited was like the other.

Today for part one, I will talk about our first stop at the Thrissur Pooram festival in Thrissur.

According to Wikipedia, „Thrissur Pooram (Malayalam: തൃശ്ശൂര്‍ പൂരം) is an annual Hindu temple festival held in Kerala, India. It is held at the Vadakkunnathan Temple inThrissur every year on the Pooram (Malayalam: പൂരം, pronounced [puːɾam]) day – the day when the moon rises with the Pooram star in the Malayalam Calendar month of Medam.“

One of the main attractions of the Thrissur Pooram are the large elephant processions which take place throughout the city during the day. All in all over one hundred elephants, in smaller groups of 5-6, are led from the outskirts of the city to the main temple in the center, preceded by groups of musicians and followed by thousands of spectators. Nowhere else is it possible to see so many elephants up close, we were literally walking right next, in front and behind of them for the greater part of the day. The elephants are ornately decorated, and each is ridden by three men carrying large decorations and colorful umbrellas made out of fresh flowers. At the end, all the groups meet at the main temple, were the differently colored flower-umbrellas are exchanged between them. The atmosphere of the Thrissur Pooram is truly indescribable, and definitely made walking through the crowds in the heat and humidity of Thrissur worth it (we really were quite disgustingly sweaty by midday). Hopefully, some of my pictures will give you a better expression of this amazing day!

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Isabell and I even became local (and office-wide) celebrities when we were interviewed for Kerala's widest circulated newspaper, Manorama! (link to engl. online version: http://travel.manoramaonline.com/travel/travel-news/in-the-pool-of-thrissur-pooram-festivities-from-across-the-seas-foreigners.html)
Isabell and I even became local (and office-wide) celebrities when we were interviewed for Kerala’s widest circulated newspaper, Manorama! (link to engl. online version: http://travel.manoramaonline.com/travel/travel-news/in-the-pool-of-thrissur-pooram-festivities-from-across-the-seas-foreigners.html)

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Now I can't stop imagining police elephants :D
Now I can’t stop imagining police elephants 😀

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See you soon with part 2 of our Kerala trip, this time from Kochi! ✿✿✿

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