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Last day in Mamallapuram

I ate rava dosa when a cow edged to the door of the restaurant. It took one tiny step at a time, its nose twitching for something to eat. When I finished, I folded my banana leaf plate and handed it to the waiter, gesturing towards the cow. The remnants of my breakfast were gone in a matter of seconds. Continue reading Last day in Mamallapuram

Mamallapurum’s Five Rathas

The Rathas were a short walk south of Mamallapurum and although they supposedly resembled a chariot, my imagination missed this interpretation. While these seventh century structures were well preserved, they did not deviate much from what I had already seen. Continue reading Mamallapurum’s Five Rathas

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. Continue reading School children on the heritage trail

Mamallapuram’s main heritage site

Nestled within the boulders of Mamallapuram, were temples carved into granite boulders just west of the shore temple. I wandered through a labyrinth of paths where elaborate friezes were carved into the stone as well as temples fronted with columns. Continue reading Mamallapuram’s main heritage site