BANGALORE: The wild sea waves crash on the rocky shoreline, making the stone monuments glisten in the evening sun. As you stand on the steps of the ancient Shore Temple, an architecture inspired by Pallava art, and one look at the sun setting, melting into the viscous sea, a sense of peace overtakes you, transporting you to a different time.
Not just a small rustic town by the sea, Mahabalipuram is home to around 40 ancient monuments and a centre of pilgrimage. If the history does not interest you, then Mahabalipuram transforms itself into a mini Goa, minus the cluttered beaches. An array of small, homely and well-lit cafes line the roads. But, if you are looking for a exquisite experience, then head to the 'Good Luck' cafe. This small rooftop cafe, with a beautiful view of the sea, lets you drink in the vastness of the scenery. If you are a foodie, this is your perfect destination. Lobsters are available in Italian, French, Indian and South-east Asian cuisine preparations. You can also try fried, baked or dunked fresh Kalamari in traditional and customised sauces.
Comfortable Arabic style setting and dim yellow lamps makes this an experience out of a fairytale. In the evening, a walk in the marketplace is recommended. You can pick up cotton tops, dresses and jewellery from the small Kashmiri and local shops cluttering the roadside. You have to bargain for a reasonable price as the items are sometimes overpriced. After a tiring day, you can head to the Kerala Massage centre for a relaxing one hour massage with herbal oils.
A dip in the sea after sunset remains a favourite among the tourists. You can sit at the beach in the crimson glow and forget the world.