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 –
It is good to blog after a 3 month hiatus – lot of pictures in the backlog waiting to be posted here! Here is a picture from a recent classical dance program I attended (Click on the picture to expand)
Victoria Public Hall, named after Queen Victoria, was the first town hall in Madras/Chennai and was built in 1890. As mentioned in my previous post, this is another wondeful example of the widespread usage of Indo-Saracenic architecture during the British Empire.
The hall was a famous place for public gatherings and has seen the likes of Subramanya Bharathi, Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda and other legendary personalities addressing large audiences here. Interestingly, it was here that Chennai saw its first cinema show 117 years back ! Over the next 70-80 years the building was occupied by several organizations and apparently fell out of public attention as Chennai developed in the south (with the rise in the film industry).
North and Central Madras, till today retain the old world charm of Madras with its amazing historical buildings – i would definitely be visiting this gem as well ! (Click on image to enlarge)
The Ripon Building in Chennai is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture (courtesy of the then ruling British), one of the popular architecture types in Chennai (other examples include Victoria Public Hall, Madras High Court etc) and was built in 1913. In the present day it serves as office for the Chennai Corporation.
Indo-Saracenic architecture to put simply, is a fusion of Mughal and Indian styles developed by British architects.
My grandmother used to tell me stories of how she used to work part-time (stylishly known as an internship these days, hehe!) as a stenographer when she was in her early 20s. It is probably one of the more prominent buildings in Chennai, standing tall and proud in its pure white form!
Definitely on my to-do list to visit this building soon, the picture below was taken from a moving car on a rainy Sunday evening – (click on picture to enlarge)
Chennai Port or Madras Port – the 2nd largest and one of the oldest ports in India (as early as 1600), is a place i have been wanting to visit for a long long time. The huge merchant ships, navy ships, cargo containers, massive equipment, yachts, boats and of course the Bay of Bengal. These sights and sounds make you feel that more closer to Chennai/Madras and remind you why Chennai/Madras was and still is one of the most important port towns in the country!
I was lucky to travel a short distance on a yacht and take in the breeze and smell of the strong seas and the sights of the Chennai Port up close (despite my terrible sea sickness!). Click on of the snaps below – it was an amazing evening, overcast weather accompanied by heavy rain over the sea!
(P.S – i even saw the recently commissioned patrolling vessel INS Sumitra ! No photos of course, i am a responsible Indian citizen)