Blogs from Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, India, Asia - page 4


Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Mamallapuram November 20th 2010

Look at him! Isn't he nice? Oh yes, he is!! I want to introduce him to you. He's my editor! Yes, I have an editor! What a high! I explained my project about writing new articles for the Travel Blog and he suggested some ideas to me and offered to make some corrections if I needed them. And he is the one most responsible for this crazy idea about writing another blog in English! It's his fault, for sure (thank you!). And do you know why? First of all he invited me to the Travel Blog site and I was very curious, I wanted to explore it! But, why in English? Because he's Australian. I met him through and I'm spending many hours talking and writing to him in English. Yes, he's also my English ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Mamallapuram September 22nd 2010

One key difference I've learned that needs to be taken into account when travelling India, is that it takes an awful lot longer to get anywhere than I'm used to. This does unfortunately have the consequence of limiting my range through the week, where working goes well into the evening, and everywhere closes by 11pm. Nonetheless, I did manage a couple of forays out into the wilderness of Tamil Nadu... away from the safety (and expense!) of the fortress. The nearby town of Mamallapuram (or Mahabalipuram as it was known when the British found it too difficult to pronounce), was an obvious first candidate - 20km down the road (or 30 mins). The town is famous for its multitude of temples carved out of single pieces of rock. Viewing did close at 6pm, but it was ... read more
M'puram temple
Elephant carvings
More carved temples

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Mamallapuram May 17th 2010

we really enjoyed pondicherry. it's going to go down as one of my fave places definately. very indian, very tamil, but also, quite a lot french! our room had the best air con we have had so far... we had to wrap up in several blankets at night. it was fab, although it did make it even harder when we had to leave the hotel..... we visited Auroville. what / where is auroville you ask. well, please see if you would like to hear about it without a massive dose of cynicism (as usual). this is what the website says.... "Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Mamallapuram May 2nd 2010

Premierement, je m'excuse pour le delaie... Depuis notre arrivee en Inde, c'est tres difficile d'acceder l'internet et quand on en a... et bien la connection est mauvaise et parfois il n'a meme pas de USB port. Mais nous sommes sortie du Tamil Nadu et on dirait que ca va de mieux en mieux... Je vais donc essayer de me remettre a jour, mais les blogs seront surement plus court qu'a l'habitude puisque nous avons visite tellement d'endroit en si peu de temps. Je commence avec ce blog et beaucoup suivront sous peu... Mamallapuram Nous sommes maintenant sur le dernier bout de chemin... Il ne reste que un mois, mais cela ne veut pas dire que nous avons terminé de voyager et de voir des sites incroyables... Nous allons terminer notre voyage en Inde, et cela, en ... read more
La plage qui est situe au nord du ''Shore Temple''
Les bateaux de pecheurs qui longent la cote...
Us at the Five Rathas ruins

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Mamallapuram March 16th 2010

Beach! Hurrah for the beach!!! With a massive park full of natural, and man-made rock temples to play in we spent many hours exploring and marveling at the skill and patience of the sculptors and carvers who created this amazing spectacle. With a long beach and so many rocks/ caves around its a good place to escape the crazy temple towns of Tami for awhile. Granite carvings seem to be specialist work here with temple deity's been crafted here for export to new temples around the globe. Stone mason chisels and drills run from sunrise to sunset. Rising at sunset we watched the fisherman retrieve their nets before finding the 5 Rathas/ temples carved from a single boulder. A popular traveler hang out it has been a great place to stock up on suppliers and prepare ... read more
And a little more
Love this one.

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Mamallapuram January 14th 2010

I wrote this a few days ago but haven't had a chance to put it up yet! So here it is.. It was whilst sitting on an early morning bus from Mamallapurnam to Chennai airport that I realized how much I love travelling India by train. The trains may be late. You may not always get a seat. You may be surrounded by cockroaches. BUT, you meet the Indian people. You know where you are when you arrive at your destination. You get the best chai and snack food. But most importantly, you can sit in a train doorway and watch the countryside whizz past… and there is very little that I have done so far that beats that experience. I’m sure you’re not supposed to sit with your legs sticking out the train doors. I’m ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Mamallapuram January 6th 2010

Not much to say today, except ITS BLOODY HOT and I had beer and I'm tired, night night xxx... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Mamallapuram January 5th 2010

Wow, its bloody hot here! I am so pleased we decided to fight the angry mob and change our flights to Chennai, it is sooooooo good down here. MESSAGE FOR SAM - YES PLEASE CAN WE HAVE THOSE CONTACT NUMBERS? thank you xxxxx I can't use MSN as my password has a character we can't get up on the Indian keyboards! Yesterday we ventured into Chennai Central Zone and talk about overload of sensory perceptions! Smells, sounds, sights, a cacophony of everythingness all pushed into small spaces! There was so much happening that I can't remember anything apart from smiling and feeling happy. I am a bit fed up of Pervy men though. Jade went to change some money yesterday at a small (tiny!) bank and I was invited to sit down to wait, as soon ... read more
Reading a Map
Chennai Station

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Mamallapuram December 26th 2009

Udv a hires Mammalapurabol, mely lehet egyfajta Indiai Kiscelli-Szentendre-Skanzen-Siofok... minden van itt ami a megfaradt turistanak kellhet: kisvarosiassag: parezer lakos, beacs: tengerpart, resortokkal, palmafas koparos kecskes, tortenelem: a kora kozepkori delindiai muveszet legszebben fennmaradt templomai es faragvanyai kozott maszkallnak az emberek, mint egy 1500 eves szoborparkban, muveszeti elet: minden sarkon farago mester farigcsal, kifaragnak neked barmibol barmit tulkepp, egy marvanyfogpiszkalotol a daruval szallithato ganesha szobrokig barmi megrendelheto, es nem mai magyar minosegben: itt az anyagtol a kimunkalasig mindenre figyelnek es az a ganesh ott all a szobadban meg a vilageges utan is, ha azt mammalapuramban rendeled :) Na de legfontosabb, amiert ide vettuk utunkat azonnal Chennaibol, az a MAMMALAPURAMI TNCFESZTIVAL, altalaban 3 honapos, hetvegentes , iden eloszor ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Mamallapuram September 5th 2009

I moved on, rather reluctantly, from Puducherry to Mamalappuram. No-one seems to have bothered to abbreviate this name (possibly because it is itself a slightly shorter version of Mahabalipuram which is its other current name (Nothing to do with Mahabali or Bali, the demon king tricked by the dwarf, whose annual return to earth is celebrated every year in Kerala). The obvious abbreviation is Mama and then Auroville could relocate a few miles north and the Matrimandir could be in Mama. So much more sensible. Anyway. I am staying at a very nice hotel called Mamallaa Heritage, which is just a short walk from the beach (the Tamil fondness for long names would not have been satisfied with Mamalla Heritage). To get to the beach, though, you have to walk down a road which is lined ... read more

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