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Sunday, April 1, 2001
Kochi (Ernakulam) to Mysore, India
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Mysore, India:
Latitude: 12° 18' 40" North
Longitude: 76° 39' 6" East
Altitude: 17 feet
From Seattle: 10012 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Dasaprakash

Today's Travel:
Country: India
Region: Karnataka
Route: Train: Kochi - Bangalore, Bangalore - Mysore
Path:Kochi (Ernakulam) - Mysore, India
Linear:185 miles
Weather: Partial Sun

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Mysore palace down the road Mysore, India

The sun behind clouds Mysore, India

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1452
Linear Dist: 274884
Countries Visited: 75
Regions Visited: 284
More stats...
Hotels: 580
Friends / Family: 338
Camping: 130
Hostels: 262
Transit: 98
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4563

Journal Entry:
Somehow managed to sleep some on the train, but even so when we got to Bangalore at a quarter to five I was struggling. I had an Indian breakfast at the station cafeteria then wandered around the station and watched the sunrise. At about six thirty my train showed up - it's the worst of the trains I've traveled on comfort wise, but it wasn't too crowded so it wasn't too bad. Still by the time the train left at seven my bottom was already numb from the wooden bench. Luckily I had good reading material - I finished Prisig's excellent Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and started The Crow Eaters by Bapsi Sidhwa (one of the books I bought in Cochin Fort the other day) which also turned out to be a good read. By the time I got to Mysore around ten o'clock I was really starting to get tired. I found a hotel that had been recommended - it's ok, though I'm not overly impressed. I was determined to not sleep during the day so I could get a good night sleep. I decided it was silly to fight the Sunday crowds to see the palace so I set two goals for myself today. One was to arrange a tour to the nearby Jain temples at Belur, Halebid, and Sravanabelagola.The second was to see the palace lit up at night. Depending on which guide book you believe it's lit by either 50,000 or 100,000 light bulbs - and the only turn them on Sundays and state holidays - and today is Sunday!

I lounged around the room for a couple hours starting to get caught up on email. In the afternoon I went out and arranged a tour for early tomorrow morning (ugh!) then found an internet cafe to send the email I'd written. There's something wrong with my journal so the last few days worth of entries aren't coming out right, but the connection was so slow I couldn't figure it out. The restaurant at my hotel had been highly recommended so at seven I decided I'd go eat then go for a walk and see the palace when it got really dark. The restaurant didn't open until 7:45 so I sat around then had an incredible thali - quite possibly the best meal I've ever had for under one dollar! Around eight thirty I set out for the palace. When I got there it didn't seem like 50,000+ lights, it seemed more like six. And a few minutes after I got there even those went out and it was totally black. It turns out they only turn on the lights from seven to eight! So since there is no way I'm going to stay here another week it's very unlikely I'll get to see the palace lit up. Well at least I got the tour arranged...

Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: India
CIA - The World Factbook: India

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