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Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Mamallapuram November 23rd 2008

For being so touristy (both foreigners and locals) this place is real laid back. Two young dogs and the 2 year old niece of the fella that took me to my delux 100rs room on his moped wander around the grounds of the guesthouse, which is basically a house with some rooms built to the side. Yesterday whilst wandering around town a group of newbies (1 Aussie 3 French) asked me if I knew a good place to stay, and I took them back "home" with me. Haven't gotten any baksheesh from the place, but it is good to know I give off friendly, talk-toable vibes to random strangers. The French and I communicate in Spanish, and the universal language of amicability. A young Tamil guy and his father (uncle?) got their picture taken with me ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Mamallapuram November 21st 2008

Mercredi 18, nous sommes allees a l ecole du village distribuer les fournitures achetees avec l argent donne par Aline et ses amis ( la soeur de Nicole, merci beaucoup...) Les enfants nous accueillent avec beaucoup de joie et ont chante en anglais pour nous remercier, cette joie nous la partageons avec vous. ... read more
A l ecole
A l ecole
A l ecole

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Mamallapuram November 18th 2008

Mission en Inde, Tamil Nadu, Village de Wallam Pillailk Petral. Aujourd hui, 18 novembre, nous sommes allees au village de Wallam Pillail Patral, nous etions heureuses de revoir les enfants qui ont bien grandi, plusieurs bebes sont nes depuis. Les enfants ont chante et se sont amuses avec les nouveaux jouets. La Societe Kompan ayant donne des cadeaux, nous les avons distribues, les photos seront sur le blog demain soir. Demain nous acheterons de nouveaux uniformes et des cartables. Mogan et Vincent, notre coordinateur, iront rencontrer le responsable de l administration pour discuter au sujet d un terrain gratuit pour creer un jardin communautaire. Les deux vaches ont fait egalement leurs petits ainsi que les chevres. Apres la Yakoutie, difficile de supporter la grosse chaleur moite, environ 35 degres.... A bientot pour la suite de la ... read more
Un ballon pour jouer
devant le puits
derriere la porte

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Mamallapuram November 3rd 2008

Woke up early and watched the sunrise. It was stunning (even if I was a bit bleary eyed!) and so cool I had forgotten what not sweating was like! I went fishing with the boys this morning and after breakfast we watched the local fishermen dragging trees to the sea using the Brahmin cows. They will be making a reef out at sea to improve fishing..It was really fascinating watching them - we really have found a great spot here to watch the world go by on the beach. We visited the park this afternoon which was lovely. we took our time wandering around and discovering the bas-reliefs, temples, man made caves and rathas ('chariots' carved from single boulders). After telling various 'guides' and 'students' that we wanted to walk on our own we were left ... read more
Krishna's Butterball
The five Rathas
The Shore Temple

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Mamallapuram October 31st 2008

Made our way south of Chennai to Mamallapuram. Caught up with a couple we met in Varkala and they tipped us off about some good rooms down on the beach so it was a hassle free trip....Fab. Great to catch up too - like meeting long lost friends even though we've only known each other a few hours! Pete's done some fishing - off the beach with another guy we met and the boy who looks after the guest house - caught one so he was full of it - posing for the angling times and such like!!! Mamallapuram is a fishing village which doesnt seem to have so may tourists staying. As with many places in India some places are beautiful and others quite squalid. It does have some amazing stone carvings throughout the village ... read more
The view from the balcony

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Mamallapuram October 3rd 2008

Mamallapuram is a little seaside village 58km south of Chennai. We were hoping to get some sun and enjoy the beach for a few days, but this turned out to be easier said than done. Locals and Indian pilgrims are always fully clothed on the beach even when swimming and we didn't see any other tourists soaking up the sun. We were advised to go to a posh hotel nearby to use their beach and swimming pool. We went only to be told that their premises are for hotel guests only, despite the fact that there appeared to be no guests... So we gave up on the sunbathing. Besides, there were lots of other things to do, such as shopping in the many crafts and jewelery shops, lots of interesting stone monuments, the Shore Temple (apparently ... read more
Shore Temple
Shore Temple

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Mamallapuram September 28th 2008

Exactly one year after the tsunami of 26th December 2004, we found ourselves gazing at the seas off Mahabalipuram and imagining the havoc the tsunami had wrought on that open coast. The previous day, we had visited Marina Beach in Chennai, where the wife of one of our friends from Mumbai, who had gone there for a visit, had been swept away by the tsunami a year back. Perhaps, that is why, I could not write a travelogue about Mahabalipuram till now. Our visit, though born out of curiosity, was tinged with sadness about all the lives lost, because many people told us about the tsunami and the aftermath. However, time heals and today, when I was flipping through our old photo and saw the magnificent ‘Shore Temple’ shot, suddenly, I felt compelled to upload ... read more
a 'rath'
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Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Mamallapuram September 27th 2008

Early morning bike ride tooday. Was fun being on a bicycle - had a good bell! We visited the Shore Temples and the bas-relief rock carvings known as Arjuna's Penance. We had a very enthusiastic guide which was nice but even for early morning it was just so so hot that by the end everyone was desperate to just get back and laze by the pool. Got nice pics including of the lovely beach. It was really nice to get back and first thing was freshen up and get in the pool. Spent the rest of the day lazing in the sun and cooling off in the pool. Also took my black trousers to be hemmed and had a sleep sheet/sleeping bag made up in a nice soft silk. Sarah had a couple of pairs of ... read more
Setting off
Info sign
Sitting rock

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Mamallapuram August 12th 2008

In January 2008 visited India and our first local trip was to Mamallapuram which is about 60kl from Chennai. We took the local bus from the very large bus depot in Chennai and was treated to the most interesting journey. It took us more than an hour to get out of the city alone. There were people on bicycles, motorcycles, trucks, donkey carts, tricycles, small cars and hand drawn carts; all laden with people and goods of the most diverse nature possible. Mother and three children going to school; donkey cart with bales of something which resembled cloth; bicycle with about 20 or 30 aluminium pots; trucks withbricks; trucks with vegetables and fruit. What a delight : India at its very best. People hard at work and its just 6.30 am. Children walking to school in ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Mamallapuram June 29th 2008

so been here a few days now, think it's about time for an update. first impressions: i hated india and wanted to come home. arrived to sticking sizzling hot weather. not the 'oh wow, it's hot today' kind of stuff, i'm talking about 'bitch-slapped, burn baby' kind of hot. the kind where you walk out your door and feel like you've slammed into a wall of pure fire ball heat. Couple this with, i started feeling a little ill on the flights over, thinking it was probably due to the air in the plane, didn't dwell on it too much, until... let's just say for the first 3 days i was completely floored, fever, chills, headaches to the point of feeling like i'd been kicked in the head, and the worst snott ridden nose and cough. ... read more
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