May 1, 2013

Heat of summer subside - Walk to the Sri Siva Subramanya Thirukovil temple

The heat- and humidity of the summer has subsided and we are finally into cooler days, which means walks / hikes. One can say I do 'hibernate' during the summer; I don't take heat- and humidity very well. A friend in another country once said; 'I exist during summer - I live during winter'! So true! That is exactly how I feel it too! Coming from a wintry country, I find it rather funny when locals are talking about winter! According to me they have no clue what winter is about, unless they have lived in a wintry country and felt minus degrees on their body. 'Winter' here means the 'cold season', when temperatures seldom drop below +10-12 C / 50-53.5F.
After a lot of rain this summer, the weather over the last week has been wonderful; sunny and not too hot. We decided to go for a short walk; to the Siva Subramanya temple, also known as the Kovil Montagne, located on the slopes of Corps de Garde mountain. This is one of the oldest temples in Mauritius and you can read more about its history here.

We've been here several times, but never counted the steps...
...246 steps to the top!
The view from the temple is breathtaking!
View towards Candos Hill and Curepipe (town on the plateau) to the right.
We also visited the Mariamman temple not far from Kovil Montagne on the Corps de Garde
Beautifully decorated and I believe it has been newly painted for the Sittirai Cavadee.
Goddes Mariamman (?) - the main South Indian mother goddes of rain
On the way back home we walked towards Rose Hill, along the side of  Corps de Garde  where sugarcanes are growing
The 'canal', which has been made into a beautiful path.
We went here last year; to my surprise (yes, surprise!), the path has been cleaned and lots of garbage has been removed! Keep it up! 

No comments: