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Published: December 18th 2016
One last stone monument visit in Mahabalipuram straight after breakfast to the Tiger Rock. It's a unfinished shrine with carved tiger heads around the portal. It was also our first auto-rickshaw ride.
We had a last swim then took a taxi to Pondicherry. The road down was good with light traffic. Disheartened by the queue at a bank we passed and the two ATM's I saw were shut. A potential problem looming as our funds we got in Chennai were dwindling away.
We passed significant number of what looked like newly developed shrimp farms along the way and along the river banks rice farming was in full swing.
Our taxi located Hotel Coromandel which is a european heritage house with about 6 rooms. Our first night unfortunately we had to sleep in a small downstairs room with the noisy kitchen outside the interior window but got upgraded for the second night to a much larger room with a balcony/exterior landing.
Money was still a priority and we were directed to an ATM that was working around the corner. Of the three machines in the front area of the bank two were shut with 'out of cash' notices.
After a short queue wait and a few attempts we came away with 2 notes, the maximum we were allowed. Changing these big notes isn't causing to much headache and $40 can go a long way.
We did a foot circuit of the town through the French Quarter to the beach and then back through the Tamil Quarter. Called in to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Founded by an interesting man. You can read more here. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Aurobindo
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