Tuesday, January 20, 2009

One More tour-..KANCHPURMA,MAMMALAPURAM


SHORE TEMPLE

FIVE RATHAS











VRAHADESSHWAR TEMPLE





KAMAKSHI TEMPLE







MY MIL GOING IN THE RESTAURANT

On 15 th Jan, we planned to revise our memories of Kanchipuram and Mammalapuram.This time we took a conducted tour from TTDC. It started at 6.30 AM quite an early hour from their office at Wallajah road. We went via guindy to kanchipuram. Its 75 km that way. First we saw their Kamakshi temple, beautiful place..its said that here Parvati got married to Shiva under a mango tree, though the guide told us that the mango tree is a new one.,Then we saw Ekambareshar mandir and Vrahdeeshwar temple also. In the last one there was big queue for watching and touching the golden lizard. it is said that some sages were given a curse to become a lizard and here if you touch them its considered good for you. so some people just wanted to be there, without bothering about the long queue:)...... Even For Vrahadeshwar bhagwan..it is said that whatever you desire there, it will be fulfilled. There was so much crowd for the darshan of Laksmi temple inside that we couldnt dare to even think of standing..just saw from outside.

kanchipuram is famous for kanjivaram sarees, last time I went there I bought a few and they were liked by everyone.But this time there were 3 women from Delhi..they were looking at sarees and dress material and they only told me that they didnt find anything cheaper here , but i felt that the reason was.....their friends told them that here you will get the materials..tanchoi for 500/..and thats not the price one can get real Tanchoi, its only possible to buy some synthetic material in that:) so may be impractical expectations:)..I find it a heaven for silk sarees.

Then we headed for breakfast to TTDC hotel. It was the usual..pongal,idli,bada and tea...preparations were good but the place was just OK..ambiance wise and cleanlinesswise both.


And then we started for Mammala puram...it was 65 km from there. First we went to Five Rathas.....there are 5 chambers each for arjuna, bhima, nakul, sahdev and one for draupadi...as told by our guide, where Yudishthira lived I dont know:), actually these are the remnants of that time.....but beautiful to see and enjoy..we had a lovely time taking snaps and all. and the next stop was Shore temple near the beach...These are also the remnants of old time,and they are all monolithic structures so one looks with awe. The way is full of shops selling varied items and eatables also. Lovely place, i thoroughly enjoyed.

Now the time to lunch..though it was nearly 3PM, we went to TTDC beach resort for lunch..it was south indian lunch but the vegetable were prepared in a north indian way..so good mix.. I love the MATTHA here:).

Now back to Chennai..on the way we stopped for boating at Mutukadu.

Then we had our next stop...VGP beach.....its a theme park with beautful architectural structure and in the evening they light it so well from the outside. We saw it last time, this time we didnt go inside as 40 minutes is not the sufficient time to see anything and we were tired also. That we kept for one full day..some other time:)

20 comments:

Just call me 'A' said...

hey...i can see your pic now :). You're as i imagine you to be, but without the glasses :D

Chriz said...

tiger caves muttakaadu mahabalipuram.. these were the places where we used to go after bunking college...

Amrita said...

masti hai!! ghoomo ghoomo :)
easiest way to please a sagi: )

Pixie said...

I loved your profile pic!! :-)
and i'm book marking these pages of yours, for I'm sure its gonna help us when do decide to tour these places... :-)

Renu said...

Chriz; We missed Tiger cave..but its hardly any distance from chennai, we shall try to cover that also:)

Amrita: yes i am a true blue Saggi:),want to see so much in the world, list is nevr ending:)

Pixie; thanks:), actually i thought that now is time one must relate the posts with the person:)

Renu said...

A; :) your imagination is very accurate then:), I got the contact lenses as back as in 79, but i dont like them.

Deeps said...

Interesting post!Did you buy any kancheepuram sarees this time around??

Sai Charan Deeti said...
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Swats said...

heyyyyyy its such a delight to see your pic :)
R u my moms twin sis?? :P

nice post!

starry nights said...

Love your profile pic also.Looks like you had a good trip.would love to visit one day.

Piper .. said...

what fun! you`ve been on a roll huh? Renu, I love all the pics!

Renu said...

Deeps: last time when i came here, i was a visitor, now I am staying in CHENNAI..itself the best place for pattu sarees:), so I didnt bother, I can get whatever I want here and whenevr also:), i really love the saree shops here:)

Sai Charan Deeti: Thanks for visiting me !
yes we enjoyed Muttukadu boating and I have done a separate post on that:), boating was good at Mudaliyaar kappam also, as I liked the design of their motor boat more than here even:)

SWATS:Thankx:) seems to me that mothers loose all other identities, so they look the same:)

Starry nights: Thankx:), yes mahabalipuram is a must visit place, even the temples in south...I love to visit...give me immense pleasure as I see their only god, never bother about crowds, queues or cleanliness, immune to them:)

Renu said...

Piper; You know all saggi's are fond of travelling..jaise kehte hain ki pair me chakkar ha, cant stay in one place for long:), I love meeting people, seeing new places, learning about them:)

Smriti said...

Lovely photos Ma - in fact you can use one these to update the "Anjuna beach - Goa" photo on the sidebar! I see there've been lot of changes to the blog :) Maybe you want to put the profile widget right on top of the sidebar instead of the bottom.

Renu said...

Smriti: Thanx guria:), putting words into my mouth:) done mam:), deleted the photo, will put something when I find it interesting:)

Piper .. said...

Renu, I`ll ask my ma/papa abt the auroville qstn you asked and let you know. I havent been there in quite a while now, but they do very often.

Renu said...

Piper: thanks Piper:)

Ria said...

nice pics! :) I hav never been to the south.

Shalom said...

Wow, you'll have been doing some major sightseeing .... lucky you!!!

Renu said...

Ria: Thanks Ria! You must plan to visit south..its a lovely place to see.

Shalom: :) I try to utilise all the free time of my H:)