Madagascar

Exotic Madagascar

Sudha Mahalingam Photographs by Sudha Mahalingam
    Climbing the Tsingy stone forest, somewhere in the wildernesses of Madagascar. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    The view from the makeshift platform at top is impressive: wherever one turns, one can see serrated grey rock pinnacles. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    A swinging rope bridge spans a vertigo-inducing chasm in Tsingy, offering visitors photo opportunities. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    Rush hour in the capital, Antananarivo. There is a stark difference between the elegant capital and the rustic simplicity of rural Madagascar. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    The highlight of the Tsiribihina boat trip: The two nights spent camping on the river’s bank. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    A church on the road to Andasibe. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    Tourist vehicles use ferries on the Tsiribihina to reach the interior parts of Madagascar. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    The boat trip entails a journey on a repurposed cargo boat. The river is full of sandbanks, and from time to time, the boat needs pushing. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    Exquisite Malagasy handicrafts made with rattan, raffia and fibre. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    En route to Tsingy, at a village called Begidro, a young girl engaged in making an elaborate coiffure for her friend. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    Many girls paint their faces with ground bark to keep their skin cool and soft. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    Madagascar gained its independence from French rule in 1960. Here, the Independence Monument in the capital. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    Malagasy wind instrument. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    Breakfast being prepared in Antseraraka village. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    At the market in Morondava. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    At the market in Morondava. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    Zebu (humped cattle) returning home at sunset after grazing. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    A ring-tailed mongoose. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
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