Early morning arrival in Madurai by train. The itinerary says we'll be picked up from the railway station by our hotel, but it doesn't happen. We eventually select the least sleazy looking taxi tout and bundle into what turns out to be a Morris Oxford for the short ride to the Royal Court.

The most obvious attraction here is the temple of Meenakshi Sundareswarar, with its 50 metre high gopurams, towering over the city.

Our city tour takes in the spectacular temple, as well as the 17th century Thirumalai Nayak Palace and the Gandhi Museum.

The following day, we fly to Bangalore to stay overnight at the Casa Piccola, "located in the heart of Bangalore". An odd choice, because the airport is located an hour away on the outskirts of Bangalore, and we're only here for the night. There's only so much exploration I can do in the city due to an early morning flight to Dubai.

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