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Jan 18, 2017 - Move from Resort to Vinodhara Guesthouse

Wiki Info on Mamallapuram 1/18 Amazing the difference, or should I say the lack of difference between rooms at a resort and a guesthouse...the major difference is price, ha! $140 vs $14 US...of course, we don't get breakfast here, but when we go buy breakfast at a restaurant it is less than $5 US! But seeing the difference in the people who stay in each place is also an eye opener! Folks at the resort (not the help staff but guests) are aloof, needy, and their expectations w.r.t. service are very high! This is not to say the owner & help...

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India One More Time

Jan 16, 2017 - Check out and go to Chariot Beach Resort

12/15 Slowly, slowly we prepare for our departure...packing and saying goodbyes, and still eating...way too much for our lack of 'real' excercise, ha! Took 2+ hours to get to Chariot Beach Resort...last day of Tamil New years festival. Tons of traffic!!! For two days we walked around the place and out to the beach ... a totally different 'crowd' comes to these resorts as you might imagine. Not a lot of chit chat between guests. About an even divide between foreign and Indian tourists.

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India One More Time

Oct 30, 2015 - Pallava

Our late checkout from hotel Perumal, allowed us time to visit the Grand Bazaar just a few streets near to our hotel. This was a smorgasbord for the eyes. The flower market was beautiful. It was here and in the Botanical gardens that The Life of Pi was filmed. Pondicherry is a most worthwhile city to visit. It is quite unique. An hour and a half travel north along the coast road, we pass massive salt works and scampi farms. We arrive at Radisson Blu hotel. Security is stepped up. The mirror check for under our car, the metal detection of...

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Jan 28, 2015 - Mamallapuram

December 26, 2014 Cara is here. We are now about 70 KM’s from Chennai. The town is called Mamallpuram. There are lots of foreign tourists here. I have not seen so much white skin since Canada. It doesn’t bother me none. It’s a small village. 20,000. The village has a lot of very old mandirs. We should visit a few. There are so many Indian tourists. The pace is saturated. Christmas was on Friday thus it’s a big long weekend for everyone. Being such great importance and close proximity to Chennai anyone with a car and money is here. I wanted...

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Feb 13, 2014 - Chilling out in Mamalla

After 4 days in India the cold, rainy weather in the UK is now just a distant memory. The trip started with an argument outside the Ibis Heathrow. The bus driver of the Hoppa shuttle to the terminals refused to let me on because he didn't have any change for a tenner. So, on a freezing cold February morning I had to run with my luggage to the normal bus stop. However, this turned out to be free. Twelve hours later I was landing at Chennai airport at 5am and, feeling tired and jet-lagged, forgot Rule Number One, which is: Do Not sit up front...

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Six months in Asia

Oct 26, 2013 - Tamil Nadu

I’m guessing that our tour started in Chennai because it was a big city with a big airport rather than being a tourist destination. After a meet and greet with all the new people who joined us for the southern India tour, we headed into town. Since we don’t know each other yet, much of the conversation is country dropping, rather like the name dropping that celebrities do. While we can hold our own in a crowd like this, lists of exotic countries are not interesting in an of themselves. Hopefully, in a few days there will be some interesting...

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Oct 11, 2013 - 8 October - Mahabalipuran

We are now in another place with two names - Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram - very confusing! This coastal town was once a thriving seaport and second capital of the Pallava kings and the shore temples are a World Heritage Site. The town is also a tourist mecca and is described as the "Kingdom of Backpackistan". Only one of the 7th century shore temples is visible at the moment, though this was once part of a series of temples along the coastline which are now underwater. During the 2004 tsunami when the sea initially receded, the other...

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Jan 9, 2012 - Cycling round temples

Today we set off at 830am on our cycling tour of the ancient rock temples of Mamallapuram - where we are staying so no bus trip today!  It is quite a backpackers resort, but there are also some more upmarket resorts a bit outside the town.  There are 14 cave temples and 16 other carved monuments around the town.  Also there are a couple of temples under the sea, but were only seen after the 2004 tsunami receded.  The bikes were interesting - no tread on the tyres, and on the way to the second temple I heard what sounded like a firecracker...

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Dec 24, 2011 - Mamallapuram- la veille de Noel

On a pris notre petit dejeuner a l’hotel- encore des Dosas et du chai tea biensure! On est partie ensuite avec une guide pour la ville de Mamallapuram (notre hotel est situe 4 km nord de la ville). On a commence avec un endroit qui s’apelle Arjuna’s Penance- une endroit completement dingue- remplit de sculpture incroyable- est c’est gratuit. C’est une ensemble in croyable construit et creuse grosso modo vers le Vie-VIIIe et qui s’etend sur toute une colline couverte d’une courte vegetation, mais aussi par de gigantesques masses granitiques....

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Dec 23, 2011 - Chennai-Dakshinachitra-Mamallapuram

Notre premiere vraie journee sure la route- on est partie tot de notre hotel a Chennai pour conduire vers Mamallapuram! Sure la route- 28km de Chennai- on a arête a une endroit qui s’apelle Dakshina Chitra (qui a ete conseile par Dr Heston d’ailleurs). On a passe le matinee a balader dans cette endroit vraiment unique- C’est une foundation qui a pour vocation la preservation de la culture dans tous les domains de l’inde du sud (Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, et Kerala). Tous les types d’architecture, d’artisanat, de la danse etc…C’est ici qu’on a...

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Dec 3, 2011 - Mamallapuram

Again a fairly early start and a hearty breakfast before we leave at 7.30 am. This time we head to the office of our guide Aquila. From the windows of their conference room we listen and watch as an important lady politician returns to her house next door. The road has ten foot rosettes at each end, adorned with her face, and her gateway has an archway of flowers. Listen, because a drum corps is in full clatter, we record some to play back to our young family drum maestro. After the lady is safely back in the house I walk down to photo the...

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India 2011

Dec 9, 2010 - Mamallapuram

This is a very touristy but small town. It has two World Heritage Sites (places that are supported by money and authority of the United Nations) as well as numerous temples. On top of that it is a beach town and fairly cheap. My hotel is about $6.00 a night. The cheapest one yet. It is only about 5 minutes walk to the beach. The beach is lovely but the undertow is deadly so no swimming, but you couldn't pay me to get in the water anyway. At the moment I am being eaten away by mosquitos. I even have bites on my face. That has never happened...

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Kia Shnette 2010

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