We picked up a car and a driver for the next 4 days to explore some the remanants of the Chola Dynasty. Established around 300AD it grew to rule vast tracks of Southern India and parts of countries around the Bay of Bengal ( Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand) plus established trade routes with China and Iran reaching its peak around 1300AD.
The remanants of its capital are now just a few temples in rural areas of Tamil Nadu.
As you see from these photos it must have been a huge place in its day. The scale of these temples is hard to show. The towers on the two largest are around 50 metres high.