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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Cruise around the Chennai Port !

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)

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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.

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