Morning Boat Ride in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India

“Sunrise looks spectacular in the nature; sunrise looks spectacular in the photos; sunrise looks spectacular in our dreams; sunrise looks spectacular in the paintings, because it really is spectacular!”  ― Mehmet Murat ildan As a city dweller, one of the major misses in daily life is watching the sunrise; even though I am early riser […]

Things to do in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India | Travel Guide to Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram is a small resort town in Tamil Nadu, located somewhere midway between Chennai (60 kilometers) and Pondicherry on the East Coast Road. This sleepy little hamlet town became world famous gradually, since the discovery of many monolithic rock cut temples of the Pallava period, starting from the year 1960. The group of monuments at […]

Long Weekend Getaway at Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu with Chariot Beach Resort

Every time I stand before a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me: If you choose the simple things and find joy in nature’s simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard. ~  Psyche Roxas-Mendoza The gods must have read my mind and decided to be kind on me for last […]

Pancha Rathas at Mamallapuram ~ Fabulous Ancient monolith rock cut UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tamil Nadu (India)

Pancha Rathas at Mamallapuram or Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu, India) fascinated me since childhood, when I had read about them in my history text books. The very idea of carving out intricate & huge structures in ancient times (630–680 AD) from a single rock baffled me and I so very much wanted to see it in person. […]

Pamban Bridge at Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu) ~ Glimpse of India’s first sea bridge

During my South India tour, the only destination I was not really inspired was Rameshwaram. Inspite its huge religious and historic importance (and also that it was an Island), the destination itself did not appeal to me, mainly because of the uncleanliness and upkeep. But, what did appeal to me was Pamban Bridge, a cantilever […]

Shore Temple in Mamallapuram (Tamil Nadu) India ~ A Mesmerizing UNESCO World Heritage Site

Shore Temple in the coastal town of Mamallapuram (also called Mahabalipuram) in Tamil Nadu, India is a mesmerizing UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the best examples of temple architecture in south India, dating from the Pallava Dynasty, dating back to 8th century A.D. I visited this monument, during my marathon South India […]

Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu (India)

Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a monument located on twin rocks, 500 metres off mainland Kanyakumari, in Tamil Nadu, India. It is a popular tourist attraction and I visited it along with my family during my trip to Kanyakumari.  The Vivekananda Rock Memorial is built in honor of  Indian spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda, who is believed […]

Mamallapuram: Temples Galore!!!

This is the last destination of my south India Travel, to read about previous destinations ,click here, here, here, here and here. Mamallapuram is a small town located exactly half way between Pondicherry and Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state, India. The town  is famous solely for the many rock temples portraying events described in the Hindu epic Mahabharata, built by the […]

Rameshwaram : The island pilgrimage

Rameswaram  is a town is located on Pamban Island separated from mainland India by the Pamban channel and is about 50 kilometres from Mannar Island, Sri Lanka. Pamban Island, also known as Rameswaram Island, is connected to mainland India by the Pamban Bridge.  Rameshwaram, together with Kashi, it is considered to be one of the holiest places in India to Hindus, and part of the Char Dham pilgrimages. Hence, […]

Madurai: A day in the temple town

This is the 3rd destination of my south India Travel, to read about previous destination ,click here and here. Madurai, is the third largest city, in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Located on the River Vaigai, Madurai has been a major settlement for two millennia and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.   It is happens to […]

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