12th October 2009:
Landed in Chennai after nearly making everyone miss our flight drinking chai at the airport. An hour and half drive to the beautiful Hotel Indeco Mahabalipuram where we were greeted with shell garlands and coconut milk. We were then escorted to our rooms with the big ass air conditioning unit which sounded like a helicopter taking off...apart from that was lovely. Joined the group for dinner and then watched crappy american movies and tried to sleep in a BOILING hot room, with the helicopter noise through the night. So after about 3 hours sleep we hit the temples of this town the next day..
13th October 2009:
Early start to 5 Rathas temples and Shore temple which had been carved out of the stone 2000 years ago. Beating hot sun accompanied us, 36 degrees apparently and we felt it!! Trusha has a black back and its only been 3 days! We shall have a before and after picture of the tan spectrum.. Got back and headed to the beach with all the indian couples (strange seeing women in saris on the beach). Scared some local kids and headed back to the hotel to jump in the pool - nice!