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The Streets of Fort Kochi

Obviously, I’m not done with my Kochi posts. The pretty streets of Fort Kochi have quaint names like Princess Street, Burghar Street, Napier Street, Rose Street and Lilly Street. These cobblestoned streets are lined with beautiful colonial homes that have been restored and converted into heritage hotels, home-stays, cafes, boutiques and art galleries. Some pictures:Streets of Fort KochiStreets of Fort Kochi Streets of Fort Kochi Streets of Fort Kochi Streets of Fort Kochi Streets of Fort Kochi Streets of Fort Kochi Streets of Fort Kochi Streets of Fort Kochi Streets of Fort Kochi Streets of Fort Kochi Streets of Fort Kochi Streets of Fort Kochi Streets of Fort Kochi Streets of Fort Kochi

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Fort Kochi Beach : A thousand shades of grey

I opened up wordpress to compose a post on Mattancherry, but the steady drizzle outside my window took me back to the Fort Kochi beach under the pouring rain. The monsoon is my favourite time of the year, and grey skies give me so much joy. You’ll never see me complaining about ‘gloomy’ days – this is India, after all, and any respite from the heat is most welcome!

 

The Fort Kochi beach is truly gorgeous during a downpour. The famous Chinese Fishing Nets are here too – apparently, these cantilevered fishing nets were introduced to the Malabar coast by Chinese travellers who came from the court of Kublai Khan in the 13th century. The artificially reclaimed Willingdon Island (India’s largest man-made island) across the water houses the Kochi Port and the Southern Naval Command of the Indian Navy. The sea washes a fair bit of debris ashore, but there is enough beauty around to help you overlook that. Check it out:
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Matangeeshwarar Temple, Kanchipuram

On a recent visit to the historical town of Kanchipuram (read my earlier posts here), I went to a small but very beautiful shrine called the Matangeeshwarar Temple. It is an early Pallava temple, maintained now by the ASI. The temple is hidden away behind a tiny gate on a busy road, and I’d never have been able to find it, if not for google maps. Once you enter the gate, it feels like you’re in a different world – a silent and ancient one.

 

The temple seems to have been built in the 8th century. The lion pillars typical of Pallava architecture are present here, along with beautiful depictions of forms of Lord Shiva. Sadly, the carvings in the temple seem to have been eroded by the ravages of time. I haven’t been able to gather much else about the temple – if I come across any more information, I’ll come back to this post and add to it. Until then, here are some photos 🙂
Mathangeshwara Temple, Kanchipuram

Matangeeshwarar Temple, Kanchipuram

Mathangeshwara Temple Wall Carvings

Wall carvings on either side of the sanctum.

On the left of the above diptych: Shiva performing his cosmic dance or tandav. I don’t recognize the depiction on the right.

Carvings on either side of the sanctum

Carvings on either side of the sanctum

Carvings on the exterior of the temple

Carvings on the exterior of the temple

Carvings on the exterior of the temple

Carvings on the exterior of the temple

A typical Pallava lion on the outer wall of the temple

A typical Pallava lion on the outer wall of the temple

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A weekend in Pondicherry

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that I was in Pondicherry over the weekend. It was my first visit – yes, seriously – I’m not a fan of seashores, so I guess I never got around to it. But once I went, I really loved the town! It’s quaint, pretty and hipster in a good way! We’d all had a hectic week, so we ended up just chilling and not doing too much. We ate a lot, drank a lot and drove around the streets taking pictures.

Driving from Chennai to Pondicherry on ECR, East Coast Road
Driving from Chennai to Pondicherry on ECR, East Coast Road
Chal Beta Selfie Le Le Re
Diner at Satsanga, a lovely cafe in Pondicherry
Diner at Satsanga, a lovely cafe in Pondicherry
The streets of the French Quarter in Pondicherry
The streets of the French Quarter in Pondicherry
The streets of the French Quarter in Pondicherry
The streets of the French Quarter in Pondicherry
A vintage car in Pondicherry
Pondicherry
Vintage cars in Pondicherry
A vintage car in Pondicherry
Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Pondicherry
And I couldn’t leave this delicious pizza out – it wasn’t in Pondicherry, but on the drive back into Chennai. (Yes I’m the kind of Indian who likes coriander and paneer in her pizza)
A pizza in Tuscana, ECR, Chennai
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Navratri Golu Dolls in Mylapore

This Dusshera, I am in Chennai, and many people in this part of the country celebrate the festival by putting up a Navratri Golu (read about it here) during the 9 days from Mahalaya to Dashami. During this time of the year, the area near the Mylapore tank  fills up with stalls selling thousands and thousands of brightly painted mud dolls of all sizes, shapes and colours. Put it on your must-see list if you are visiting this region during Dusshera. And if you can manage to get invited to a golu in someone’s home, even better!
Navratri Golu in Chennai
Navratri Golu in Chennai
Navratri Golu in Chennai
Navratri Golu in Chennai
Navratri Golu in Chennai
Navratri Golu in Chennai
Navratri Golu in Chennai
Navratri Golu in Chennai
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Mylapore, Chennai

I think every city’s charm lies in its oldest parts, and in Chennai, Mylapore is the neighborhood I find the loveliest. Some photos from an early morning photowalk we did a few days ago 🙂
A Brahmin priest entering the old Kapaleeshwar Temple in Mylapore, Chennai Mylapore, Chennai Mylapore, Chennai Rangoli / Kolam /Muggu Mylapore, Chennai Mylapore, Chennai Mylapore, Chennai