Triplicane Sri Parthasarathy Temple Float Festival

I wanted to click a few snaps of this festival and it was a coincidence that I was at the Marina beach to meet a friend.  So hurried around 6PM to get a glimpse of the diety and managed just a couple of clicks.

 

view of Temple pond

Temple gopuram

Float festival crowd

Mahabalipuram

ShoreTempleCompleteViewa view of the beach on a Sunday morningShoreTemple7ShoreTemple6ShoreTemple5ShoreTemple4
ShoreTemple3ShoreTemple2ShoreTemple1Sculptures

Mahabalipuram, a set on Flickr.

I was there on a solo trip to click some pictures and that was achieved. Nothing out of the ordinary, just average. It could probably have a very historical background, I am not discounting that fact. I am just saying from a layman’s perspective. Also I should mention that the place was clean.
If you plan to visit Mahabalipuram, lets say the beach, tiger caves, etc etc, this is a must-see. Otherwise just for this, travel from Chennai is not worth it. People with extreme interest in history, sculptures can visit.
Photographers, better early or very late. A lot of schools arrange for excursion to this place and it can be crowded. Getting a shot without children in frame will be impossible 🙂
People on the way from Chennai to Pondicherry or vice versa can drop in for about an hour for a pleasant break.
Overall, just ordinary.

Visited March 2013

A cultural journey – DakshinaChitra

Muttam - open to sky area in the middle of the houseThinnai or the place to sit in front of the houseVaasapadi or the main doorjust another view of the pillarsVeettuvaasal with kolamsmoothly floored Thinnai
a straw hutpathway to the housesa tiled roof houseThulasi plant in the Muttam areainteriorsfor the visitors
Kerala Syrian Christian houseKerala tiled housea complete view of another Kerala housenice symmetryLeaves in the foregroundnot exactly a modular kitchen ;)
village house in KarnatakaEntrance door hardly 4 feet highLady cookingopen to skykitchen utensilsgarden

This is my second visit to this place, mainly to click some photos. I’ve been here earlier with my family. This time it was just me and my camera. Continue reading

Eden

After an evening at the Chennai Trade Fair, we were headed back to Velachery and since it was already about 09:45 in the night, we decided to have our dinner here.

The place is easy to miss as the name board is not that catchy. As we entered close to 10PM, the first sight surprised me – All tables were occupied ! 🙂 The restaurant was packed !!
We had to wait for about 5 mins and then managed to get a table. It was a small, but nice place. They had a kid’s chair and that was comfortable.

The continental choices were good. Cottage cheese steak, Lasagne, and Chef’s baked bowl were all very tasty, however, I felt the portions were a little small.
Close to 10:45, we were informed that it was time for the last order. The only tandoori choice available was paneer Tikka and we ordered that. It was a letdown totally ! Either it was not cooked enough or probably was removed from the tandoor because it was closing time. It was hard and not cooked enough. They could have said they didnt have it. 🙂
Almost full, so just one dessert for all four of us – Choclate Sundae and it was yummy !

Overall, a nice place to eat vegetarian food. But no reservations and you may have to wait for a while to get a table.

Visited February 2013

Suttrulaa porutkaatchi

Giant Wheel - a must when you visit the exhibitionThe Big picture"love"ly KeychainPanju MittaaiAnother Giant Wheel !Just another ride
a view from the topAfter a ride, dizzy :)Rajasthani PicklesMasala pori and kadalae

Suttrulaa porutkaatchi, a set on Flickr.

Exhibition at Island Grounds ! Have lot of memories visiting this place as kids..the appalam, molaga bajji and giant wheel and a must-try when you visit this place. Small pleasures, still so very same 🙂

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