Relaxing in Mamalapuram
Trip Start Jan 06, 2006
18Trip End Mar 28, 2006
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Mamalapuram is quite a small and very relaxed seaside town. It is famous for it's centuries old rock carvings and Shore Temple. Lining the roads are people carving statues out of granite. There's a sculpture college not far away too.
I spent the first day here doing the sites
After wandering around the temple, i went in search of the 5 Rathas to the sound of more stone carvers chipping away. The Rathas are 7th century, intricately carved Hindu shrines, based on Buddhist buildings. There is also a life sized stone carved elephant which is apparently one of the finest in India. The morning quiet was short lived though and the area was suddenly invaded by lots of school children! They seemed more interested in us foreigners than their ancient heritage! After clambering all over the shrines, they left as quickly as they had arrived only to be replaced by the next coach load. This time, the teachers wanted me to pose for photos with them!
On the way back, I stopped off to see the rock carvings. These were very skillfully done and quite an impressive sight as they had been carved into and very large rock face. By this time, it was starting to get hot so i headed back for my 'second breakfast'!
I can definately feel a difference in the heat since when i first arrived. I tend to have quite long lunches or spend that time in a air conditioned internet place because it's too hot. Having the beach is also good for cooling down and it is certainly breezier here than in Pondicherry because of it.
I've got a cold today, so feeling abit pathetic and sorry for myself! Hopefully it won't last too long. Going to Chennai tomorrow for the night before i head off to Cochin and Kerala. Not really looking forward to Chennai though. It is a massive city full of traffic and pollution...