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Mahabalipuram
For other 2007 pictures Click here; For other India pics Click here
Modern name is Mammalapuram. We had decided that this place is a good place for my wife Liz to first meet India. We were met by John Prabakhar, whose friends got us past immigration in a few moments then into the VIP lounge where he met us in spite of having a very recently broken leg. He provided a police car that drove us to Mahabalipuram. At the end of Liz's stay we spent our final night at The Hilton Trident hotel next to the airport where Madhu came to meet me to escort me back to my duty in Tirupate. At the end of my stay Gopi escorted me back to Mahabalipuram. We stayed in the Golden Sun Resort.
The path to reception
To restaurant and beach
One of these is our room by the pool

Luna Magica, an old favourite on beach at Mahabalipuram
The Luna Magica at nightfall
John Prabakhar in the dining room at Golden Sun
The famous shore temple
On beach on far side of temple
Beach snacks
Strange purple light at sunset
Mending their nets by Bay of Bengal (not Galilee)
Boats replaced by charities after the 2004 tsunami
Coming in after a night's fishing
Our local beach goats
Liz rejected my suggestion that she join them
View from the rocks above Arjuna's penance. The famous music festival about to start
A long way down
Made it
Arjuna's penance. Carved from solid granite. Mid 7th century
Detail of the Genges
Temple carved out of a single rock
Sadhu guarding his rucksack
He started shouting abuse when I did not pay for photo. Unusual experience.
Tea at Silver Sands to the North of Golden Sun
Our (over)attentive waiter
The crows always have the last word
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