Cochin International Airport
Airport Rd, Kochi, Kerala 683111, India
Pilgrims en route to SabarimalaOn my plane from Hyderabad to Cochin I met these pilgrims going to Sabarimala. For 41 days they abstain from meat, sex, shaving... On their heads they carry a sheet which is their only bedding on the journey, wrapped around a coconut filled with rice and ghee. The rice will be an offering to the god Ayyappan. The coconuts will be tossed into a fire upon completion of the ritual.