On October 21st 2019, I get to visit the Shores of History. It’s Mamallapuram! folks. After Xi Jinping(President of China) visit, there has been a drive inside everyone, isn’t it?! But, I went with my classmates, for a short trip. It took some rough 2 1/2 to three hours from Guindy to reach there. On the way, you get to see lots of resorts, restaurants, and especially nurseries(you can get some plants while you go back home). How nice is that?!.. I went with this bunch of “more than 20 years physically but less than 16 years mentally kids”. So, It’s not exactly a solivagant trip, but I let the kids have fun, and I moved around alone.
What is so nice about going there is that you can get to breathe in some fresh air and get to see some colorful flora and fauna, and constant sea breeze.
On the day we went, its pretty wet day. Too much rain and water everywhere. And sadly, we went on Monday, there wasn’t any crowd, we were the only crowd. My advice, don’t go to Mahabalipuram during rain. Our 1st stop is at Tiger Cave. Entry fee is 20rupees. It comes 15 min before reaching Mamallapuram, located exactly in Saluvankuppam. If you ask me, if it is necessary to visit it? Yes. It is a beautiful cave-like structure carved out of stone. So aesthetic! It was a intriguing structure with mythical tigers being carved out. There are fun rides close by, which we didn’t get to ride because we crossed that age. But if you are taking kids along with you, let them have some fun. A three minutes walk from there to the right, there is a small temple. You can’t get to notice the Lingam at the center on a first glance, only the Nandhi will let you notice it. Both the stone cut cave and the temple have something in common. It’s the way their base is so low from the land level.
While I was walking, I also noticed something which got me more and more curious. I started to observe even after we left the tiger cave. I constantly get to see the same species of butterfly, I saw it once and then again dashing fastly unlike what normally butterflies do. When I looked above it was a whole lot of butterflies and what so different about this is, they all belong to the same species, the red and black butterflies flying so high. Trust me, you can get to see them everywhere along your trip.
Photo Courtesy: Bala
By 12 pm we reached Shore Temple. This shore temple, by Pallavas and many other structures like Tanjore big temple, by our forefathers have always made me feel so proud, gave me goosebumps. How cool is that we are the children of the splendid architectures and how sad we lost our skills and knowledge buried along the time. It is that naked feel of our soul being ripped out from us. It is such a powerful structure that makes the foreigners in awe and the conscious sons and daughters of the soil in sadness.
The Shore temple, one of the world heritage sites of UNESCO was built during the Pallava Dynasty in the 7th Century. The Shore temple is a lonely temple you see. As it is one of the 7 pagodas among which it is the only remains out of them to tell the history. So, make sure to give it a hug when you visit it. It has been the landmark during the time Mamallapuram was a port. It worth a lot more on historical notes.
There is a lot more to see around in Mamallapuram, one of my favorites is the lighthouse. That’s a whole new view, even though you have to climb some stairs and catch some breath, it worth all of them. When you look above from there the view of the entire town makes you feel large. The sea, the land, the marvelous historical structures amidst the chaos of man-made structure makes you feel like you are part of something palpable after all.
I have told you already that it was a rainy day. Rainy day and rocks make a lot of fully loaded Takeshi’s Castle incidents, where people slide and slip and roll. You can make a variety show in this spot. The butterball makes the finest fun out of people on rainy days. It’s a magical stone that is reluctant to fall. No matter how hard you push push push he won’t budge. Maybe we should bring Dwayne Johnson and Arnold, make them try pushing it. If you use some footwears with grip base you can climb up so easily. And ladies, please be realistic, stop climbing a rock while wearing heels.
We had lots of crowds near butterball. School Kids. School kids, these days are too cool for school, aren’t they? I came for Mamallapuram for a school trip when I was doing my 10th grade, we used to wear a dull boring uniform, pleated hair, asking for photographers to take photos for 30rs. Which is so expensive for us! These days kids are so airy. They are in cool casual clothes and so independent, they were 6th grade and all of them have smartphones. Wow… I felt really old at that moment. 22 years and felt like I am from stone age while standing next to them.
After that, we spent like 15 minutes on the beach which has strong horses waiting for us to have some ride. I guess its not the horse, the horse owners want us to ride them. You can get to meet some naughty crows trying to share some of your foods and also you can see people going crazy after seeing the waves.
You have lots of places to go around and take selfies and photographs. But, it would be even nicer if you hire a guide who can tell you the stories along the way. If your pride hurts to hire one. Learn history before visiting it. You will definitely feel bored if you roam around the town not knowing anything.
You have kind people selling around foods, snacks, and fruits. Try to have some. They have been waiting all day so that you won’t have to long for food. Stop a moment, have some raw mangoes and pineapples. Make those people happy. These people are waiting to have tourists like you over there. Those architectures are waiting to be looked at and touched by you. So go out roam around and befriend the Shores of History.