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Tuesday 11th February (continued) Chennai to Mamallapuram.
We're hopefully heading to Mamallapuram, which was the major seaport of the ancient Pallava kingdom based at Kanchipuram, and is famous for its World Heritage listed temples and carvings.
We’ve arranged a car and driver for midday, so go down a …
... entering any temple in India must remove their shoes). It was as if we were walking on charcoal – stinging hot. In the end because of the crowds and difficulty walking bare foot, we unfortunately, did not spend a lot of time at the temple.
In contrast, our next stop to the Vedanthngal Bird Sanctuary was comfortably delightful. This 75-acre Protected Area is the oldest waterbird preserve in India and is a mosaic of a ...
... find a room right next to the bus stop. It only has a tap and no shower but with cold water, it's best to quickly splash it over yourself anyway. A guy who can't be much more than four foot in height with swollen legs carries my bag to my room and it feels a little like a David lynch film. Inevitably he makes the hand to mouth gesture for money and I walk away. There is an Wi-Fi Internet cafe near the Sri Ramana ...
... have a chance to recover from heavy traffic (see the mountain peak covered with people at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNEe7Uls Oik, starting around the 1 minute mark)..
This morning, we were 3 of only a handful of people doing the walk. But at peak festival times and at the full moon as many as 1 million people may do the kora (apologies for my Buddhist ...
... and hear gorgeous singing and musical instruments coming from the dining hall. I stop to listen outside and do not enter because there are no other foreigners and don't want to intrude. Moments pass and I am invited to be part of the celebration. I have always felt spiritually connected to music and to be welcomed into a room with families, children, devotees, and elderly creating an ...
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