Tuesday, January 29, 2008

India: Mahabalipuram

In conjunction with Bakrid Day (Hari Korban), we went to Mahabalipuram for a one-day tour. Mahablipuram a.k.a Mamallapuram is one of the tourism spots near to Karapakkam. The journey to Mahabalipuram took us around one hour. East Coast Road (ECR) is the express highway connecting Chennai and Mahabalipuram. The road is nice and smooth without any loopholes but there are cows blocking the way sometimes. So beware while you are speeding. We paid a toll fees of Rs. 45 to use this ECR.
East Coast Road Mahabalipuram Tol @ Song About Jen

Upon entering Mahabalipuram town, there were a few local Indians blocking the way and claimed that they could be the tour guide and did the explanations. Of course, they asked for fees and perhaps tried to rip us off. We were lucky enough to have a good tour guide helping us to reject this unwanted and unnecessary offer.
Mahabalipuram @ Song About Jen

Mahabalipuram is famous with its stone carving as it's the source of income for the locals. Take a look at this Mahabalipuram Street View video for the shops with lots of stone sculptures along the road. The tour guide even brought us to see a huge dancing lady stone sculpture purchased by a foreigner. It's left by the roadside due to shipping difficulty.

Mahabalipuram has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Most of the monuments are made of rocks and stones. It proves that the locals developed stone-carving skills centuries ago.
Mahabalipuram @ Song About Jen

Feel free to visit Rolly's Flickr Page for nice Mahabalipuram shots.
More stones are coming!!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mahabalipuram is a treasure house of ancient Tamil art, culture, civilization, & history. A coastal city, Mahabalipuram has an immense place of importance in Tamil history and mythology. This beautiful coastal city of Tamil Nadu is ordained with a number of temples and places of archeological importance. It is not surprising therefore, that because of the overabundance of these places Mahabalipuram is often referred to as a legacy in stone. The unique instances of art, culture and architecture that has been preserved by the kings of the then Pallava dynasty proves to be a delight to the eye even today and it is not for nothing that Mahabalipuram is known as an “open air museum”. The richness of Mahabalipuram has made it one of the most favorite tourist places of South India. Hotels in Mahabalipuram are for tourists from different walks of life. As the place is more of a tourist destination rather than a business one, there are many leisure hotels and budget hotels in Mahabalipuram.

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