Nadi: Lautoka Market & Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple
We did a short tour of Nadi town and visited the Lautoka fresh fruit and veg market in Nadi ( to be honest, I would not spend more than 15 minutes there just to get a quick feel of the local produce)...However, we did try Kava- a native Fijian drink made from the powdered Kava root mixed with water. Its mildly narcotic and results in numbness of the tongue, lips and a real sense of relaxation...Try at your own risk and preferably toward the end of the day ;). We bought some Kava powder back home with us.
We also visited the Sri Siva Subramaniya temple, which is the largest Hindu temple in the Southern hemisphere and is known for its Dravidian architecture and ornate carvings. It is set in the heart of Nadi town on the edge of the Nadi river and is dedicated to Lord Murugan, the god of the seasonal rains. There are other temples inside honoring Lord Ganesha, the Hindu elephant god and Shiva, the supreme god. The entry is free, however be sure to cover your shoulders and legs as a mark of respect ( shawls and sarongs are provided at the temple entrance if required).
That was the end of our amazing four-day Fiji trip and I would definitely want to re-visit this amazing island for the hospitality of its people, and also explore Suva, the capital city ( and its surroundings as we did not have time on this trip).
I would also like to share a few fun facts about this fascinating country:
- Fiji is located on the International date line that splits calendar days. Taveuni, is one of the few points in the world where you can stand on the International date line and it can be Monday on one side and Sunday on the other (although Fiji does not adopt two time zones).
- Rugby is not just their national sport but more of a religion and Fiji has the highest player-population ratio of all nations playing rugby
- According to the Fijian locals, the side you wear your flower foretells your status... left side = single, right-side = taken.. I was wearing mine on the wrong side the whole time until I was corrected by a local and learnt this fun fact...