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MAMALLAPURAM, ONE YEAR AFTER THE TSUNAMI

MAMALLAPURAM, ONE YEAR AFTER THE TSUNAMI (46 photos) Send this reportage Send this reportage
Straddling the mouth of the Palar river, the sleepy town of Mamallapuram (formerly Mahabalipuram) served the Pallava dynasty (AD 600-900) as its most important port on the Coromandel coast. It was from here that ships laden with spices and silks sailed across the Bay of Bengal to the islands of Java, Sumatra and to Cambodia. News temples appeared after the 12/26/04 tsunami disaster. An amazing puzzle of an old temple and a bunch of carving stones emerged from the ground after the tsunami...
© D. LEFRANC./TheReportage.com
Categories: History, Trade, Tourism, Travel, Culture, News
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One year after the devastating tsunami, foreigners are still avoiding the old city of Mamallapuram and its shore on the Bay of Bengal. In the wonderland of Dravidian architecture, tourism has turned into a disaster. During the week-end, only local people come to enjoy the holy place and its beach.
An amazing puzzle of old temples and rock caves have emerged from the ground after the tsunami.