Mangaluru, Aug 15, 2016: Aussie, Arron James Attard from Penrith, New South Wales, arrived at Chennai and purchased an auto rickshaw to explore the country to the fullest. From Chennai, he travelled to Bengaluru and Mysuru and was in Mangaluru in three days, having done 750 km.
Arron is exploring and enjoying India and its great diversity, a citizen from ’down under’ he is all praise for Indians.
With a three month visa set to explore all parts of the country, before heading to Chennai to fly back to Australia.
“Just being a tourist does not make me happy, I want to be a traveller and want to experience the real land that is India. As a tourist one visits a particular place and then leaves the place. The travel in an autorickshaw is challenging; at the same time, it is the most reliable mode of transport. The hawkers, and the motorists were bewildered seeing a foreigner behind the wheels of a brightly painted autorickshaw and were questioning me on my plans,” he said.
Speaking on the travel from Chennai to Mangaluru, he said, That it has taken him 3 days, and is unlike anything else experienced. The culture, tradition, language, food, dressing style varies in India from village to village and town to town. The North Indian culture is totally different from that of South India. He is determined to experience every aspect of the country he joyfully said.
In agreement that India is a land where different religions and caste co-exist, Arron said that, in Australia, the prominent religion is Christianity. The people in India are friendly and are ready to help those who need of it. He was happy and had no problem anywhere during travel. There is variety of food in vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, which are spicy to savour in India. He may not taste all the food, But is hopeful of tasting at least part in the next three months here.
Attard also marvelled at the architectural magnificence of palaces, temples and historical structures, which were built several centuries ago and make us wonder over the craftsmanship of the people of those times. “Unless one experiences, one will not get a feel of these architectural wonders of India,” he was sure.
Asked to comment on his experience in Mangaluru, he said that city is “busy”, coupled with greenery and beaches. In Mangaluru, he visited Sulthan Battery, Kudroli Gokarnanatha Temple, Kadri Temple and Aloysius Chapel before leaving for Udupi.