School children on the heritage trail

Perched on the highest boulder in Mamallapuram’s heritage site was Olakkaneswara Temple. Lines of children from two different schools stretched along the rock’s neck. I waited at the end near some cute girls.

School children waiting to climb to Olakkaneswara Temple, Mamallapuram

When I reached the steps a boy ahead began crying. Wisely, he was afraid to go any further, not because of the height, but two monkeys were perched on a rail ahead. I didn’t like monkeys either. It was hard to predict their next move but I spotted a man standing near them with bananas and slipped past to take in the view on the opposite side of the temple.

Olakkaneswara temple above

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