Sun 10 Jan
Early start to wander around the incredible sculptured rocks of Mahabalipuram, dating back to the 7th Century.
We got back to our Resort at midday in time to check out and went to a nearby vegetarian restaurant for lunch with Nats. Had aloo gobi and a vegetable kofta curry.
We drove during the afternoon to Pondicherry where we checked into our accommodation right by the beach – Dune Eco Village and Spa. Alison and I had a raised bure with a bamboo slatted floor. It had an A-framed thatched roof and a lovely outdoor covered balcony.
Late in the afternoon we went to the French quarter of Pondy for a drink at the Seaview Hotel overlooking the beach and pier. Nats ordered us snacks of various kinds, the best being chicken tikka and a Egg Bhurji (spiced scrambled egg). After the sun had set we wandered along the promenade enjoying the atmosphere with other strollers. We admired the huge sculpture of Gandhi.
Slept well under our mosquito net although the bed was a bit hard.