Sat 9 Jan
Late start at 10am. Lovely drive down to Mamallapuram (also called Mahabalipuram), reaching coconut palms along the coast. We stopped halfway to look at a fascinating crocodile sanctuary which housed crocodiles from all over the world.
Lunch was had at the Moonraker’s Restaurant. It’s a small place but possesses a delightful ambience. Started with a cold Kingfisher beer then squid pieces cooked in a batter followed a huge king prawns and a grilled snapper and rice. All very tasty. This was the street where Ric Stein wrote that he sampled the best curry in all of Indian – a fish curry at the Seashore Restaurant.
After lunch we strolled down the colourful lane to the beach, stopping at Apollo Books to but some books on the Mahabalipuram sculptures that we were going to visit in the morning. Back at the Radisson Blu Temple Bay Resort we lazed away the rest of the afternoon, swimming in the delightful long pool.
In the evening we went to a wonderful dance performance as part of the Indian Dance Festival held at this time of the year for a month. We watched the Bharatanatyam Dance group.
Returning back to the Resort we had a wonderful meal of Aloo Gobi, crepe stuffed with tomatoes, spinach and mushrooms, a wonderful okra dish and dumplings in a spinach sauce.