Our day started pretty early despite of the exhaustion from yesterday journey. We had kind of buffet breakfast (we can order several things but there is a limit) in our hotel. The weather was looking good and very promising. So I guessed we can do many stuffs and go to many places around Erode today.
Pato trying to cross the road in front of our hotel
First thing first, of course we went for a shopping spree. The fact we were in India, we should find cheapest saree and kurta. And my sisters requested at least 3 pairs each for them to make "baju kurung". We tried to find around our hotel first but we can't seem to find a good deal on saree and kurta. But we kept on walking and searching. During this time, we were separated into 3 groups because there was a lot of shops to go through and everybody got no time to for anybody. Actually I wasn't into shopping much when I'm travelling. Same goes to Napek and Pato I guess because later on we decided to stray away from others looking for random things and shooting for random photos and videos while we were exploring around the area by ourselves.
I do admit we look like a local
Bashir showing some photos he took to the locals
Napek and I blending in with them locals
We were like childs I swear. Laughed all the way, ignoring glances from the locals and running around while recording everything. We even made a tutorial video on how to cross a busy road in India like a boss. While exploring, we found a coconut hut where you can buy and drink coconut juice while chilling beside the busy road of Erode. Oh it was the best feeling ever when the coconut drink flowing down in my throat after hours of walking under hot scorching sun. While drinking, some of our friends passed by and joined us for some refreshment also. After that we regrouped to go other places. We find "tuktuk" and tried to negotiate the prices and to bring us tour to interesting places around Erode. We found 2 "tuktuk" for 8 of us with a fair price.
Whats new today
The first place we went was a mosque. If I'm not mistaken, that was the only mosque in Erode. Muslim population is not so many over there. The mosque actually kinda hidden among other houses building. Hard to find it unless there is a local to show you the way. We stopped for a while and took some photos before we proceeded to our second destination, Erode Government Museum. The entrance fee was INR5 and we need to pay for another INR20 for cameras. The museum wasn't much fun because I'm not into museum. But it was my friends who made it better. You know how they say it "the worst possible scenario could be the best one if you are in the right company". We enjoyed every bit of it. Just in front of the museum there is a temple that charges you INR5 for entrance fee and INR50 for camera. We went for it because from the outside the temple does look interesting. We walked around and spend about 40mins taking picture and tried to read every scriptures on the wall. There was also a circus beside the temple. On the banner it says something like "only human will be performing because we are against animal cruelty"
In front of the museum
Inside the mosque
Somebody explaining and somebody trying to understand
Inside the temple area
Got surprised by Mr Dino here
We lingered around the area for a while and found ourselves in front of sugar cane stall. Seems interesting although quite dirty for even street food standard. The seller was a middle-aged woman with her daughter. She mixed up the drinks with lemon. I was quite surprised at first, we all were. But actually it tasted nice if you put aside the dirty part. I guess all the street food and drink stalls in India are like that. I'm not being a stereotype but that is what you could expect from a street stalls worldwide mostly. I remember from this one episode of Bizarre Foods (or other foods related tv show) the tv host specifically said there is nothing wrong to tried all the street foods in India but only drink from bottled water or canned water if you are not a local. It could be dangerous he said. Our stomach just not built for it, even my Malaysian friends that used to study in India they all cook and drink only from bottled mineral water. Luckily nothing happened to us afterwards, only 3 of us got diarrhea. But hey, it just made our stomachs stronger lol.
The best chicken briyani ever
In the middle of Erode
Just a random uncle