Magnificent rock cut Templs&beach!!
Worth seeing as a day trip.
" Panch Rathas " " Five Chariots " The Rathas shrines are reminiscent of the wooden processional Charriots , vehicles of Gods and Heroes models , which exist in all the temples of South IndiaBy the sea , in the sand , which covered these sculptures for many years and in a place which were located the right size stones , are the results of the R & D...more
This "mandapa" (Rock Temple) is dedicated to Vishnu in his avatar of Varaha, Wild BoarThere is a porch of pillars carved with figures of lions and inside there are some reliefs of Dradivian style, although some scholar said that in some of them there is some oriental influence.In one of the reliefs, depicts Vishnu when rescued from the bottom of...more
Good and bad news , the bad news is that it is unclear what represents this wonderful relief of 27 meters long , with more than one thousand figures of men and animals and the good news is that we can choose between two legends, that will tell to you, in order that you choose the one you like or stay with the two- " Penance of Arjuna " Arjuna was...more
They say that with the stone shaped as a "butter ball" Lord Krishna played and he lost it Among the pranks of child Krishna , it was to steal the butter when her mother was doing it and it is told in a story that on one occasion his adoptive mother opened her mouth to see if he was actually taking the butter and she saw the whole world within...more
This is one of the eight Mandapams that we will enjoy in MamallapuramThe Mandapams or Halls are rock-cut temples made at the time of the Palava dynasty and the sculptors carved the stones with impressive realismAbove the cave are large boulders and in front of the cave is a portico of columns carved with mythological animalsIn one of the walls are...more
We are in the "territory" of Lord Vishnu and this is actually the most important living temple in town It is included in one of the 108 temples that are referenced in the Holy books Azhvar (It was a group of South Indian mystics, who traveled between the seventh and tenth centuries visiting all the temples, singing hymns worshipping to...more
The Bay of Bengal caresses and hits to this great temple , which is probably not alone because it could be part of the legend of the seven pagodas. In fact during the 2004 Tsunami when it lowered the water level it could be seen buildings that could be the basis of some other temple and as the sea removed and took a lot of sand , also carved rocks...more
Tiger's Cave Temple, MamallapuramTiger cave is around 5 Kms from Mahabalipuram at a place called “Saluvankuppam”. And as you can see in pictures the carvings of Tiger heads on the mouth of a cave thus it gets its name. And this cave temple again built by Pallavas around 800 AD. And its also called as Yali Mandapam and its said that the animal...more
Varaha Mandapam, Mamallapuram I have uploaded photos in order.Varaha Mandapam is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and its one of his avatar or role known as “Varaha”. It’s the best Mandapam of all in Mamallapuram and its almost complete. And in front of Mandapam we can see a small tank. There are four sculptures on wall of this Mandapam from Hindu...more
Temple Bay is just about the best place I’ve stayed, ever, anywhere. Granted, I don’t usually...more
Stayed there for 2 days in August. I have to say it's a nice place worth spending time and...more
No. 104, East Raja Street, Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, 603104, India
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The Moonraker a famous restaurant among travelers is in Othavadai street, which is the meeting point for many foreigners, where you can find books and all those things we ( travellers- Tourists ) need , like Indian clothes, figures and souvenirs from the North India, toiletries ...We had to throw a coin for head or tails to decide , because the the...more
The Blue Elephant is a multi-cuisine restaurant on an interesting side street packed with shops, guesthouses, and restaurants. With an extensive menu you'll find plenty of veg and non-veg options including a lot of seafood. Usually when there are too many options/cuisines on a menu, food quality suffers. That wasn't the case here. The Blue Elephant...more
Hello, we spent a lovely three weeks at Sunrise in 2006 and it looks as if it has become EVEN better than when we were there.We didn't plan to stay long in Mamallapurum (we had been travelling in India for months and were used to moving on fairly quickly) but the amazing people at Sunrise made it so we just didn't want to leave! At one point, we...more
I hired a Royal Enfield Classic 500cc at Mamallapuram at Chennai. There are many shops in Chennai and Mamallapuram hiring bikes, mopeds, scooters including the awesome Royal Enfields. Some of them are SFA Motorcycle Rentals 9952100400. Bike Hire Chennai 9840563179 Chennai Motorcycle Rentals 8939768855. The Royal Enfield 500cc costs about Rs.1200 to...more
Mamallapuram is well connected with Chennai and Pondicherry, from Chennai its just 50 Kms and from Pondicherry its just 95Kms. Best and economical option is catching Bus its really cheap and easily available. But if you really want to catch bus then try to get it from station called "Koyambedu" or "Thiruvanmiyur". These two station are starting...more
For Bullet rentals (350cc) contact Ganesh in Mamallapuram at 9384066777. He'll willingly rent out bikes for months at a time without any limits on where you may want to take the bike in India. I've rented bikes from him for years and if there's ever any problem he gladly takes care. If you have a problem out of state with the bike he'll help...more
You'll find stone cutters in the Mamallapuram complex and on the roads leading in/out of Mamallapuram. It's very interesting to watch the craftsmen at work. You may get a little pressure to buy but decline politely if not interested. The statues make a wonderful souvenir/gift from India. Statues - mostly Hindu deities - come in all sizes (from a...more
Buying sculptures and shopping in MamallapuramThere are lot of shops around the main sightseeing places. And the best part of visiting I was able to see real people working on those amazing sculptures. They got huge sculptures which can only be lifted by cranes and at the same time they got tiny sculptures which can be held in palm. There are few...more
They left an unfinished stone cut and we may see how how they made holes, according to the court line that they wanted, in order to introduce wooden wedges that when wet should expand and cause the crack that breaks the stone.After that and once moved the piece to the working area , only is needed much art, much patience, a chisel and...more
Sympathy and happiness of the people in India is infectious, no group of children that you meet will not smile or tell you something and the same goes for older people, always ready to strike up a conversation, despite the language problemsLa simpatía y la alegría de la gente en la India es algo contagioso, no hay grupo de niños que no te sonría o...more
It's nice to wander through the stalls on the streets, by its colourful , the order in which they have placedtheir belongings and the sympathy and good treatment of the sellers Da gusto pasear por los puestos que hay en la calle, por su colorido , el orden en que colocan lo que tienen y la simpatía de los vendedoresmore
Mamallapuram warnings and dangers in generalTravelling in India and that to in south india except from November-January is really difficult because of hot weather. Even though I finished visiting my complete Mamallpuram trip in a day I felt really exhausted reaching home. Anywhere in Tamilnadu I enjoyed visiting places during early morning and...more
We were sitting on The beach of Mamallapuram, Wien a big wave almost took us Wihurin It. Peter was with me and I looked at him in horror he was still sitting th there. After that I have felt The see dangerous. Many tourists swim in The see althought It is not recommended. Once I tried to swim, BKT Wien I sin,t finder bottom where It should have...more
This "warning" really applies to India as a whole ~ anything that can go wrong often will. Trains are late, tires go flat, taxi drivers get completely lost. . .you have to be willing to let go of frustration, otherwise you'll become hopelessly mired in it.Never pin your hopes on getting somewhere at an exact time, or on having the exact meal that...more
Actually am enjoyed my India trip a lot even though I see a lot of people keep asking for things, like Rupees, "1 photo", "gifts" and many more.
The twos that painted with blue faces were asking me to sign the name and give money to support their friend who is going to has his wedding ceremony. When I mentioned that am not interested... one of them was asking me to put my name in there. So I thought they just wanted some moral support or bless the wedding. After putting my name in the booklet, they ask me for money to be contributed. Of course I insisted I am not giving. I just don't like people to trick me and asking for force donation.
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Mamallapuram new surfing spot in India
Surfing—Its new trend picking up on Indian sea shore now. I have read many article about it over the years and it is believed that western sea shore is idle for surfing. I doubt it actually as the waves height is very small compared what I saw on Hawaii beaches or ideal for surfing but still people are eager about surfing and picking up as new hobby now in India.
And in Mahabalipurm its something new and it was the first time I saw people surfing. I got to know about few resort hotels are renting surfing board to tourist. And place called Kovalam ( which near to Mahabalipuram) is more famous destination compared to Mahabalipuram for surfing.
This is the picture you are going to end up with of the 5 Rathas (stone carved chariots) if you are a foreigner and too cheap to pay the 250 Rupees to go in and get a closer look. On the plus side you can use the money you saved to buy lunch at an upscale place.Here is where you will find the elephant, nandi and lion stone carvings.more
A mile south of the main section of Mamallapuram, there is another group of rock-cut temples called the Pancha Pandava. Constructed in the 7th and 8th centuries, four of the temples are carved from a single boulder. There is also a giant lion and elephant. This site is pay entry ~ higher for foreigners than for Indians ($5 US if I recall correctly,...more