St. Thomas the Apostle parishioners from St. Paul,
Minnesota (USA) Visited our historic town of Barkur.
Three of our parishioners have had a great desire to visit
India and have
been planning this memorabilia trip for several years. This year
that dream finally came true when Odysseys Travel and Tour Groups
from New York organized a tour to North India. A small group of 24
travelers began their journey from
on the 5th
of January 2006. They visited Delhi, Agra, the Taj Mahal, and many
of Northern India’s beautiful parks, temples, palaces and century
old forts built by the Mughal kings. They described their historic
as one of the most memorable trips they would ever make in their
lifetime. After completion of their well-organized tour they
visited the Southern part of India. They traveled from Delhi to
Mangalore, via Mumbia, and spent 4 days visiting Mangalore, Udupi,
Sastan, and Barkur.
Below I present to the Barkuronline.com web site viewers a
description of their visit to Mangalore in their own words. It is
well described with dates and all their activities when they were
in our hometown. Also, there are pictures showing how they enjoyed
their visit to our historic hometown of Barkur.
Visit to Mangalore:
Mangalore. Left the Taj Mahal Hotel at
for the airport. The flight to Mumbai was delayed about 1/2 hour.
Arrived in Mumbai in plenty of time to make our flight to
Mangalore. We ended up in 1st class on the plane!
Arrived in Mangalore about
3:30PM. Fr. Tony, Rony, their travel agent Victor Pinto, his wife
and 2 daughters were there to meet us. They presented us with
garlands and flowers. What a treat!!
Took us about 1 hour to reach our hotel. We looked around the
hotel, got oriented a bit, and then had a beer with Rony, Fr.
Tony, and Raju and planned the next day.
When we opened our suitcases we found that some of our clothes
were wet. Cleaned things up got gifts ready for the Andrade family
tomorrow and then had ice cream in the hotel restaurant.
Tomorrow we begin our tour at
9:30AM. We’re taking 2 pizzas with us!! Fr. Tony and Rony will be
here to go with us.
1/19 Barkur and the Andrade Family. On the road at
9:30 AM. Our driver took us to Rony’s Allina lab.
And their Allina religious gift shop.
were met with flowers wherever we go! Visited the lab. And gift
shop and then visited the computer center next door. The fellow
who runs the computer center owns the building where the lab. And
gift shop is located. The Andrades rent from him. Visited Doctor
Hemanth Kumar who has his clinic across the street from Rony’s
lab. He refers patients to Rony. We visited his lovely new home,
met his wife, Dr. Usah Hemanth, and had tea. In their home they
have added a small exam room to see patients who come their home
when their clinic is closed.
visited a home for the aged and met Sr. Hilda, the superior of the
sister’s community. She gave us a tour of the home.
visited the office of the mayor of Barkur (Barkur Panchayath
Office) and met Mr. Shantharama Shetty, president of Barku
Panchayath, and his staff. They offered us a drink of coconut
juice right out of the coconut. Something new to us!
Went to the Andrade family home and had lunch. Met Fr. Tony’s
mother Benedicta, Rony’s wife Sharmila, and their 2 children,
Risha and Patrick. After lunch we went on a boat ride and then
watched a neighbor stretch a net across the river to catch fish. 2
small fish were caught! Jacob, boater and Harry, fisherman. Raju
is the Andrade driver. Our driver from the hotel is Vittal.
Visited a girl’s orphanage in Barkur run by the Charity Sisters of
Barkur and saw where the bridge is being replaced. Because of the
bridge being out it adds at least 45 minutes going to and from the
Andrade home. Back to the hotel for supper.
1/20 Udupi/Barkur/Mangalore. Left today at
8:00 AM as
we’re going to visit Bishop Aloysius Paul D’Souza of Mangalore.
9:30 AM and
had a good visit. We were “garlanded” by the Bishop and given
bouquets of flowers. Had tea and cookies with him and he talked
about the work in his diocese.
He walked us
through the retreat center and the addition he’s having built. We
then went to a nearby hospital, Father Muller’s, and visited the
OPD Clinic and met some of the staff.
Sharon had her picture taken with the staff in the Psychiatric
Went back to the Bishop’s house and had a great lunch with him.
Lots of food! He gave each of us a lovely shawl and wooden plaque
of the Sacred Heart and Blessed Virgin. He also honored our
pastor, Fr. Tony Andrade, with a gift.
the way back to the hotel we stopped by the Arabian seaside. We
walked on the Kaup beach, saw the lighthouse, and took pictures.
Back to the hotel by
4:00 PM. took a nap and then went for a walk. Had a light supper.
1/21 Udupi & Barkur. Went shopping for a few more
souvenirs. Visited a Sri Krishna Hindu temple in Udupi and was
blessed by an elephant. When you put a coin in her trunk she
“bopped” you on the head with her trunk. Visited the fish market.
lunch at the hotel with Fr. Tony, Rony, and Raju. We were later
picked up at
and stopped at Fr. Tony’s barber so Barney could get a haircut.
From there, after a quick visit to Rony’s Lab., we went to the
Andrade home for dinner. Many relatives came to join us and we all
had a great time. Lots of picture taking and lots of fun!
canopy was set up outside and all the food was put out so people
could help themselves. Before dinner we all said the rosary
together. Great evening! When we were leaving Fr. Tony asked
Sharon, his mother and I to bless the children. What a beautiful
Back to the hotel to pack as we leave for
Delhi tomorrow after Mass. Fireworks were shot off near the hotel
to celebrate graduations at the hospital.
1/22 Barkur, Mangalore, Mumbai,
Up early and on the road by
5:45 AM to attend Mass at St. Peter’s Church in Barkur.
Tony celebrated Mass and preached in his local language. Fr.
Remegious Aranha, the parish priest, con-celebrated with our
pastor. The singing by the congregation was beautiful and the
church was full!! We were asked to take up the gifts at the
offertory. We were welcomed and presented with flowers at the end
of Mass by the pastor. (The entire Mass was videotaped by Fr.
Tony’s cousin, Alwyan Andrade.) Had a light breakfast with the
pastor and then said good-bye to all the Andrades and left for the
airport. It took us 2 hours to get to the airport as the roads
were terrible and the traffic very crowded.
about 4:30 PM and were met by our driver. Taken to the
Intercontinental Nehru Hotel where we stayed overnight.
Delhi for the USA.
have had a great trip, saw many interesting things and met many
Report submitted by
Fr. Tony and Carol McKenna
St. Thomas the Apostle Church.