Hotel Oriental Towers
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... a large room with flat screen satellite TV (which seems to be standard for hotels in the category) and free (good) wifi. The weather has been so hot in the middle of the day that we have needed to come back to the room to cool down and rest - and watch the 2015 World Cup cricket - India won last time in 2011 so the locals are very involved - apparently 1 billion people watched the India v Pakistan game played whilst we were in Chennai. The town is very ...
... steps are flanked by two huge dvarapalas (temple guardians). Many lovely, graceful deity images stand in niches around the vimana's lower levels, including Shiva emerging from the lingam (beside the southern steps); Shiva as the beggar Bhikshatana (first image, south side); Harihara (half Shiva, half Vishnu) on the west wall; and Ardhanarishvara (Shiva as half-man, half-woman), leaning on Nandi, on the north ...
... speed. There was no indication that an effigy of either of the real deities was in the palanquin, although it did have their images embossed on the silver sides.
Afterwards we walked to the PKD Restaurant for our very late evening meal, and to square up accounts with our guide for an excellent tour, insight into a lot of Indian customs, and far more information than we could absorb on the details of Hinduism. Possibly if we had done the tour earlier in ...
... so we head down to the waterfront and along to the south end, taking photos of the very ordinary, rock faced seafront with quite a few people walking along it, war memorials, the Ghandi memorial, the lighthouse, a fishing boat at anchor in the choppy sea, locals gazing out to sea, the Catholic Church and colonial buildings. We stop for a while at the popular Le Cafe, right on the seafront, as we’re starving by now, but look like sitting a long time before ...
... School lot who were all there and headed back to the hotel to pack up our suitcases. We were leaving at midday to go to the airport to catch our flight back to Chennai. The flight was all fine - it was a tiny propellor plane and was a very short journey - only 50 minutes. Guy and Stephen had assistance getting on and off the plane so they were both in wheelchairs. When we got to Chennai we got in a pre-paid taxi to our hotel. Mum had booked a hotel which was near the ...