Day 6 : Mar 6, 2019 : Mahabalipuram via Kanchipuram
We checkout from Chennai hotel and started our drive to Kanchipuram. We started at 8.20 am and reached Kanchipuram at 10.40 am.
Kamakshi Amman Temple (Temple of Goddess Parvati, its believed that one should start from this temple only. We had a good darshan from outside).
Varadharaja Perumal Temple
It is a big temple and It is better to read the map carefully before entering the temple else you may miss some key temples. This temple has a very beautiful idol of God Vishu with a beautiful smile on his face. The idol is so beautiful that you will be mesmerised in thoughts for few seconds. In second temple there is a carvings of two lizards one is golden colour and second in silver colour. It is believed that if you touch these lizards, you are sins will be washed away. You need to buy ticket (Cost Rs 2/- per person) to touch the lizards. There was one uncle infrond of me, who came with a big family. He didn't buy a single ticket and was pushing, pulling, tickling etc etc the lizards that i was afraid that the roof should not fall on his head.
Ekambaranatha Temple (Old Shiva Temple with beautiful idol of Parvati worshipping Shiva, Many Shiv Lingas and we did pooja at one shiva linga. We finshed or temple run with this temple as all temples closes at 12 noon in Kanchipuram.
Sarvana Bhavan (Good South Indian Thali on banana leaf). Before proceeding to Mahabalipuram we had lunch at Sarvana Bhavan. I would recommend this place for sure for lunch in Kanchipuram. Try their local meal which they serve on banana leaf. Many foreigners also tried the same after watching us.
We left Kanchipuram at around 1 pm and reached Mahabalipuram around 3 pm. There were some goofup in the Hotel as we reached a different hotel with almost similar name. But it happened for good to us.
After short rest at the hotel we proceed to Shore Temple. I would recommend to visit this place after 4.30 pm to watch the sun set or 6.30 am to enjoy the sun rise.
Shore Temple and Mahisasur Rock. Beautiful temple on mahabalipuram beach, with clean gardens. We saw one very old shiva linga from outside. Temple is closed for any visitor. Its architecture was jaw dropping. Its feel like venturing in a different world. After Tsunami this temple got damaged. But still it has enough grace and glory to attract tourists.
After temple darshan, my wife did some street side shopping of stone necklaces.
India Seashell Museum. We saw a wide variety of sea shells, fish museum with clown fish, eels, crab etc. We also visited pearl museum and its shopping centre. We bought some pearl jewellery, pink counch, fridge magnets etc. This place is a must visit in Mahabalipuram. Prices at this place was also reasonable.
We had dinner at a Veg restaurant near to our hotel. We tried Paratha Korma which was average in taste.