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weekend visit to mahabs

by the way, went to mahabalipuram yesterday… its not the first time i went there, but it’s the first time i remember to write post trip..

also this time surprisingly, we had a better planned trip… packed food, good cds in the car etc..etc.. inlike our usual selves huh ?

on the way, we stopped  by a crocodile park, it’s a crocodile bank it seems… people can deposit extra crocodiles when they want 🙂 sorry… but seriously, unexpected in a place like ecr highway where you see nothing but guys in white wraparound skirts (‘lungi’ is a gross word, please) selling tender coconut water and unruly cars excited about the no traffic area… it’s a different effort and a good one at that… we saw many crocodiles… read about different types.. . they were all sleeping dint even budge.. some had green moss on their designer skinned backs…no- its not as yuck as you imagine.. its ok to look at so many crocodiles together… we have some scary snaps to boost of now… with crocs in background… 

there were turtles also, we have shot a couple cosying together in water,  😉 shall put the link for the uploaded video here. it was chooooo chweeeeeet!! … but i bet it must be difficult for them with those stone hard backs or shells or whatever.. 🙂

the next stop was at this restaurant called moonrakers… if you love sea food…you’ll love this place… it smells plenty of fish… i had a difficult time getting used to to the ‘fragrance’, but once done.. the place has some tasty food ..

window shopped for some traditional brocade work on kurtis,carpets, junk jewelry… etc etc…

then we reached the actual stone carvings of mahabalipuram…

arjuna’s penance,others in background 

we shot a documentary on them…  voiced by us, explaining about the huge standalone balanced rock on the rock, that has refused to budge over centuries,

balancing rock 

the carvings, elephants etc etc…

some of the stones have those marks on them… chain like they used to put wood and water in them, when wood expanded due to water, rocks broke, that’s one of the methods the sculptures used… 

some movies like the recent ‘guru’ – abhishek bachhan and aishwarya were shot here…

then theres a shore temple some distance apart too…

 

all this is worth the drive till here…by the time its 4.30 pm, we headed back…

stopped on the way at mgm resorts for coffee… 

faced some bad traffic jam in the city late evening…dinner was an easy salad and sandwiches…

 

  

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