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Feb 1, 2011 - Mahabalipuram (Mammalapuram)

Der laengste Stadtstrand der Welt (der Chennai's) erstreckt sich suedlich bis ins angenehm ruhige, schoen gelegene Mahabalipuram. Leider laedt der -von Natur aus schoene- Strand nicht grad zum Baden ein. Dies liegt nicht nur an den Hohen Wellen und der starken Unterstroemung. Mahabelipuram's Stadtregierung startete am 10. Februar eine lobenswerte Anti-Muell-Initiative, fuer welche sie zum Zeitpunkt unsres Besuches stark die Werbetrommel ruehrte. Eine tolle und dringend noetige Idee, die hoffentlich einen Dominoeffekt in Form aehnlicher...

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Mar 7, 2009 - Mahabalipuram's temples

I'm including pictures of the lunch at Senthil's home. The food was fantastic, they thankfully drink filtered water and it felt so nice to be in a home rather than a hotel. Although, I had a confusing moment when they asked me whether I know how to eat a drumstick. I said yes. Then they brought out a vegetable. I guess 'drumstick' has a different meaning here. We all shared a good laugh on that one. Being there made me think of my home and I couldn't help but compare the two: - They don't have mattresses, as they prefer to sleep on the...

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Hindiana Jones

Apr 13, 2008 - Mahabalipuram, Kancheepuram district , State of tamil Nadu

Finally - the coming together of a space in time, a computer and me. Vanakkam from Tamil Nadu where it is exceedingly warm and humid right now. i write from the business desk of our resort - the Grt Temple Bay at Mahabalipuram - complimentary internet access 24 hours. i hope i resist the urge to spend that long on computer. it took me a while to figure my way back onto this Trip Journal website - it's not my familiar point of entry - THAT IS FOR SURE!!! And what was my password? Thank you for your messages, and also to Dave for the...

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a Journey with Jen

Jan 21, 2007 - Goodbye Mamallapuram

After nearly two weeks in this wonderful town, it is time to move on. We are leaving on Monday (tomorrow) for Pondicherry - two hours south of here. The last couple of days have been particularly nice as the Pongal festival is over and the town has settled into post-holiday mode again. I was shocked to see the amount of litter left behind on the streets and the park area next to the monuments. We read in the paper that there was 70 tons of garbage left on Marina Beach in Chennai. Now Marina Beach is 7 km long, and touted to be the second...

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Jan 14, 2007 - Pongal - The Harvest Festival In Tamil Nadu

According to Hindu mythology, Lord Sundeshwar had breathed life into a stone carving of an elephant on the first day of the Tamil month of "Thai". Immediately after coming to life, the elephant ate the sugarcane that was offered to it. To symbolize this event, sugarcane is tied to the doors of all houses to usher in sweetness and happiness. Pongal in Tamil means boiling over. It is a festival celebrating the harvesting of crops and the resulting abundance of food. The festivities last for four days; the first is the day for burning unwanted...

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