"So many mixed feelings after the Tsunami" Top 5 Page for this destination Mamallapuram by cadzand

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Mahabalipuram, or Mamallapuram, was the chief seaport of the Pallavas who ruled over much of South India from as early as the first century B.C to the eighth century A.D., and it is now recognized as the site of some of the greatest architectural and sculptural achievements in India, as there are the Shore Temple, the manmade caves, the 5 Rathas or chariots, the famous Arjuna's Penance and the Krishna Mandapa.

None of these historical monuments have been damaged by the December 26th Tsunami, which cannot been said about the Mamallapuram population, of which 79 people have been killed. Their houses, boats and fishing nets don't exist any more, swept away by the waves...

The surviving families are still living in tent camps between the sea-shore and the main road in poor life conditions, without international help, as it has been refused by the Indian Government.

  • Last visit to Mamallapuram: Feb 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • elpariente's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Great tips and photos , i hoe to see Arjuna Penance soon
    Thank you . Gracias !!!

  • mallyak's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2008 at 11:38 PM

    10/10 for some lovely photos!and tips too.

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Great page. Beautiful pictures and good tips too.

  • mary2u99's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2006 at 2:27 AM

    Beautiful pictures and a great page. Lots of info. Good works.

  • muddybok's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2006 at 11:02 AM

    I got totally templed out before i reach Mamallapuram. So, i didn't go too detail on temples/rathas. I see something else. Nice page, thks for sharing.

  • vesna04's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2005 at 2:09 PM

    Beautiful pages. I loved the picture of Arjuna's Penance carvings .

  • Paul2001's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2005 at 12:00 PM

    A part of India that I regretfully missed. The old temples look amazing and I am glad that they survived the tsunami but I am sad to here that it destroyed so many lives otherwise.

  • zentrinko's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2005 at 4:05 PM

    Again great photography, a part of me would have enjoyed to be there when such architecture was designed and constructed

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2005 at 11:53 AM

    Love the stonemason photo, very interesting page Gini, so sad so many of the local people were lost to the Tsunami.

  • eden_teuling's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2005 at 7:18 AM

    I took a (rainy) afternoon off, Gini, to enjoy your wonderful photos and writings! Perfect info, thanks....elisabeth


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