Rock n' roll in Mahabalipuram - I
Mahabalipuram is one of my favourite holiday destinations. Not just because it is close to Chennai (just about 55 km) and the drive is beautiful (the Bay of Bengal on your right hand side and pal groves on your left) or it is a haven for the foreign tourist (from backpacker to the well-heeled) but because it shows what man can achieve.
These huge structures that you see have been carved out of rocks. And what beautiful structures they are. Be it Krishna's Butter Ball which gives you the creeps if you stand under it (it looks like the ball can slip any time) or the Shore Temple which is one of the seven (or was it nine?) temples built in this ancient town. You can still get a glimpse of the ones submerged in the sea but you have to be a daredevil to do that. Here's how:
Hire a fisherman's catamaran for about Rs 800 ($20) to take you into the sea. Don't forget to ask him for life jackets and a rope. About one nautical mile into the sea you will see bubbles coming out of the water. At first I thought it was a whale or something (that was my first time in the sea, you see) but the fishermen were wiser. This is the place the temples were built and now the sea has engulfed them.
Second part of the story will come in a day or two... or you could check my website
Published on 6/3/08