Last Saturday we visited the site of sixth-century stone carvings about an hour south of Chennai. It’s a striking testament to the creators’ artistry, technical ingenuity, and sheer dedication. Local craftsmen still carry on the tradition of granite carvings.
This lion was carved in the style of a Chinese dragon:
This smaller temple, next to the one pictured above, was unknown until a wave generated by the 2004 tsunami revealed the top of it. The rest was excavated thereafter:
Mahabalipuram boasts many more monuments, but we made for the adjacent beach to escape the heat, instead:
Drinking fresh coconut milk:
A few more deft machete chops …
and you have fresh coconut meat:
And we were on our way back to Chennai …