TWO DELHI GUYS ON A TRIP THROUGH EAST COAST FROM CHENNAI TO PONDICHERRY 

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13th Feb 2019
Photo of TWO DELHI GUYS ON A  TRIP THROUGH EAST COAST  FROM CHENNAI TO  PONDICHERRY  1/4 by Rahul Garg
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At a distance of 57 km from Chennai. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was the second capital of the Pallava kings of Kanchipuram. It is an ancient historic town and was a bustling seaport during Pallava kings in 7th Century AD. According to the legend, it has been named after the demon king Mahabali who was renowned for his generosity. Some maintain that it has been named Mamallapuram after the Pallava King Narasimha Varman I, a great wrestler with the title Mamallan.

Photo of Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg

It is known for its historical monuments, sculptures, scenic beauty, culture and tradition. Mahabalipuram art can be divided into four categories: open air bas-relief, structured temples, man-made caves and rathas (chariot temples). The famous Arjuna's Penance and the Krishna Mandapa adorn massive rocks near the centre of the village. The beautiful Shore Temple towers over the waves, behind a protective breakwater. Sixteen man-made caves in different stages of completion are also seen, scattered through the area. The striking feature is that all the sculptures here are monolithic - giant structures carved from single rocks.

Krishna's Butterball (also known as Vaan Irai Kal and Krishna's Gigantic Butterball) is a gigantic granite boulder resting on a short incline in the historical town of Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu, India.The boulder is approximately 6 meters high and 5 meters wide and weighs around 250 tons.

Photo of Krishna's Butter Ball, East Raja Street, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg

The best time to visit Mahabalipuram is from October to March while the peak season is from November to February. Usually it takes one full day to visit Mahabalipuram.

Photo of Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg

The temples of Mamallapuram, built largely during the reigns of Narasimha Varman and his successor Rajasimha Varman, showcase the movement from rock-cut architecture to structural buildings.

The mandapas and the rathas shaped as temple chariots are made from the granite rock face, while the famed Shore Temple, erected half a century later, is built as a structured temple with huge blocks of rocks following wonderful architecture. Thirukadalmallai temple, Cholamadal Artist's Village, Mahabalipuram Beach, Tiger Cave and Crocodile Bank serve as popular picnic spots for people here.

Photo of Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Bob Marley Cafe & Beach House, Othavadai Street, Fisherman Colony, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Bob Marley Cafe & Beach House, Othavadai Street, Fisherman Colony, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Arjuna's Penance, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu by Rahul Garg
Photo of Arjuna's Penance, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu by Rahul Garg
Photo of Arjuna's Penance, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu by Rahul Garg
Photo of Arjuna's Penance, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu by Rahul Garg

Mahabalipuram lighthouse is located in Tamil Nadu, India. It is open to tourists since 2011. It was closed in 2001 following a perceived threat from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The first light was commissioned here in 1887. The lighthouse with a circular masonry tower made of natural stone

Photo of Mahabalipuram Light House, Mada Koil Street, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg

The Serenity Beach is located very close to the East Coast Road (ECR) and is approached by a narrow lane opposite the Motorcycle Diaries Cafe. The road is barely sufficient for one vehicle. The beach is largely filled with the local fishing boats with a narrow stretch of beach available for walking.

Photo of Serenity Beach, Kottakuppam, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Serenity Beach, Kottakuppam, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Serenity Beach, Kottakuppam, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Serenity Beach, Kottakuppam, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Serenity Beach, Kottakuppam, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Serenity Beach, Kottakuppam, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Serenity Beach, Kottakuppam, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Serenity Beach, Kottakuppam, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Serenity Beach, Kottakuppam, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Serenity Beach, Kottakuppam, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Serenity Beach, Kottakuppam, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of White Town, Puducherry, India by Rahul Garg

When the British gained control of India in the late 1850s, they allowed the French to retain their settlements in the country. Pondicherry, Mahé, Yanam, Karaikal and Chandernagor remained a part of French India until 1954 when it was incorporated into the Indian Union with the rest of French India.

Photo of White Town, Puducherry, India by Rahul Garg

It was in 1926, that Sri Aurobindo, along with his spiritual collaborator, Mirra Alfassa, founded the ashram in Pondicherry. But his spiritual journey dates back to 1905, when Sri Aurobindo turned to yoga from being a revolutionary and a professor, who had served the Maharaja of Baroda.

Photo of Sri Aurobindo Ashram pondichery, Manakula Vinayagar Koil Street, Near Junction of, White Town, Puducherry, Pondy, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Sri Aurobindo Ashram pondichery, Manakula Vinayagar Koil Street, Near Junction of, White Town, Puducherry, Pondy, India by Rahul Garg

With a perfect location along the city's main drag, Le Cafe quietly sits peering out onto the water. This is a tourist haven, owing to the covered terrace plentifully open 24/7

Photo of Le Cafe, Goubert Avenue, Near Gandhi Statue, White Town, Puducherry, India by Rahul Garg

The French War Memorial (Monument aux combattants des Indes francaises morts pour la patrie) on Goubert Avenue is a solemn reminder of those brave soldiers who laid down their lives, for their country during the First World War. It was erected in 1937 and inaugurated on April 3, 1938 by the governor

Photo of French War memorial, Mahe de Labourdonnais Street, White Town, Pondicherry, Puducherry, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of White Town, Puducherry, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of White Town, Puducherry, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of White Town, Puducherry, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of White Town, Puducherry, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of White Town, Puducherry, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Old Light House, Rock Beach, White Town, Pondicherry, Puducherry, India by Rahul Garg

A lighthouse was constructed in Pondicherry in the nineteenth century by the French rulers. A new lighthouse was constructed in 20th century by the government of India. The old lighthouse had first beamed light on 1 September 1836.

Photo of New Light House, Dubrayapet, Pondicherry, Puducherry, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of New Light House, Dubrayapet, Pondicherry, Puducherry, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of New Light House, Dubrayapet, Pondicherry, Puducherry, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of New Light House, Dubrayapet, Pondicherry, Puducherry, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Rock Beach, White Town, Puducherry, India by Rahul Garg

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus situated on the south boulevard of Pondicherry India, is an oriental specimen of Gothic architecture. It contains rare stained glass panels depicting events from the life of Christ and saints of the Catholic C

Photo of Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA, USA by Rahul Garg
Photo of Rock Beach, White Town, Puducherry, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Rock Beach, White Town, Puducherry, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Rock Beach, White Town, Puducherry, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Rock Beach, White Town, Puducherry, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Bob Marley Cafe & Beach House, Othavadai Street, Fisherman Colony, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Bob Marley Cafe & Beach House, Othavadai Street, Fisherman Colony, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Bob Marley Cafe & Beach House, Othavadai Street, Fisherman Colony, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Bob Marley Cafe & Beach House, Othavadai Street, Fisherman Colony, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Bob Marley Cafe & Beach House, Othavadai Street, Fisherman Colony, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Bob Marley Cafe & Beach House, Othavadai Street, Fisherman Colony, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Bob Marley Cafe & Beach House, Othavadai Street, Fisherman Colony, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg

Founded in 1968 by Mirra Alfassa, also known as 'The Mother', Auroville is an experimental township or a universal town. Designed by famous architect Roger Anger, Auroville is a must-visit attraction of Pondicherry where people of different nationalities, cultures and beliefs live together in harmon

Photo of Bob Marley Cafe & Beach House, Othavadai Street, Fisherman Colony, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
Photo of Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India by Rahul Garg
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