FUN-travel: Marvelous Mamallapuram

December 3, 2016 by  

  • 7th century…

…UNESCO World Heritage site…

…more monolithic…

…Indian rock-cut architecture…

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…and among the oldest…mama1

…existing examples of Dravidian (South Indian).

  • Includes caves…

…mostly carved…

…straight out of granite…

…in the central hillside area…

…and stone structures…

…spread throughout…

…this small seaside town.

  • The Shore Temple…

…the oldest structure…

…is a building…

…(no picture available…

…due to downpour…

…during arrival)

  • Pancha Rathas…

…contains five rathas…

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…literally chariots…

…each carved over a single…

…long stone of granite…

…with some enormous…

…stone animals…

…including a large elephant.

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FUN-fact – Lucky for us… Cyclone Nada went south… so we just got a lot of rain and strong winds… mostly after our morning tour.

Not so FF – More temples were spotted in the ocean during the 2004 tsunami.

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