Covelong Beach, Chennai

It was 3 AM in the morning when I decided to take a short road trip to Covelong/Kovalam, a fishing village right next to the Taj Vivanta Fisherman’s Cove, a lovely resort in itself. As someone who loves beaches, I reached Kovalam beach at 5:30 AM, just few minutes before the sunrise and when the fishermen were readying their boats for the daily catch. The beach’s shore is rocky in parts with fishing boats lining a good stretch of beach and of-course the village.

It is also a place for surf boarding enthusiasts and wind surfing! (there are regular classes apparently). The beach also has some old broken down amusement rides, which add character to the place (pictures of the rides in the next post!) Click on images below to expand –

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Ancient TamilNadu – The Other Side of Shore Temple

Ok sure, we all know the famous Shore Temple at Mahabalipuram (50km from Chennai). But how many of us know the several unfinished and unknown rock structures that are strewn around Mahabalipuram, most of which were revealed post the 2004 Tsunami? This particular rock structure is right next to the Shore Temple complex, facing the sea and literally as ancient as the shore temple!  Many years ago, i remember seeing this structure at this particular beach (lined with small shacks serving great sea food), at that time the water was at least 100 metres away – but today the waves touch these rocks (a result of the Tsunami maybe – as it changed the entire coastline)

While i could not find much about this structure, it is clear that it is part of a larger network of sculptures, temples and rock-cut structures which is still underwater barely a few hundred metres from the shore temple. History and legends point to the existence of the Seven Pagodas, only one of which remains to this day – the Shore Temple. (I read that the coastline was attacked by 2 Tsunamis in the last 2000 years)

Also to add a surreal effect, i played around with the Oil Paint filter of Photoshop to add a scenic/landscape mood to the pictures! Seriously, my ancestors were/are awesome.

Click on the pictures to enlarge (large files – please wait for them to load fully!)

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Color Splash!

 

 

Dilly AppalamHappy New Year! I’ve not been regular with my photo blogging and after many months i had an opportunity to click some interesting snaps at Elliots Beach, Chennai.

Hope you like it!

Oh, by the way the text says “Dilli Appalam Bajji” ! Appalam is a tortilla like lentil dish served as an accompaniment! Just Google search for appalam and you will know right away!

Dilli Appalam is almost the size of a 12 inch pizza with spicy masala sprinkled all over it!

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