“Araghu” Chennai & Mahabalipuram! #PhotoStory
Most of you would try to pronounce the first word of the article & take 5-10 seconds (or maybe more) to do it. There’s no one apart from a Tamilian who’d be able to tell you how to exactly pronounce it; maybe me – now 😛 . Yes, during my short Chennai stint – I learnt few words. Well, my curiosity & love for languages always pushes me.
The word araghu means “beautiful”. Though there could be various spellings of the word in English – it’s the meaning that matters. If you follow Kintyish’s Instagram posts regularly, you’d know I’d been in Chennai for quite some time; to be specific – three weeks. Like AirBnB’s ad (about living in Paris & not just visiting Paris), I “lived” in Chennai in two different geographical parts – Vadapalani & Sholinganallur; both because of proximity to work/meetings locations.
Of course, I had no idea about the place until I experienced it myself. Whenever I told anyone that I was going to Chennai – the reaction was “Ohhh, Chennai?!”<With not so pleasant expression>. Of course, even I knew about the weather & language barrier etc. but I was open to having my own opinion only after I’d have experienced it. Even though I had a bit of psychological bubble around me, that got burst too – soon enough 🙂 Yes!
The moment I was about to land in Chennai, it was drizzling – both the times.
It’s not that it rained every day while I stayed there but considering the fact that generally – we’re almost most of the times – in office/home/hotel – there’s very less time that one would spend in non AC-ed environment.
Here is what Chennai treated me with – in form of a photo-story. 🙂
When I was in Chennai, I couldn’t go around places because of my hectic schedule however, Mahabalipuram <which is home to famous archaeological sites> was just half an hour drive from the hotel & also, I badly wanted to go to the beach. Honestly, I had this notion that after seeing Maldives, I won’t enjoy Chennai beaches. I was wrong though.
Beaches in Maldives are of course crystal clear & beautiful because of the corals however are calm too. The Mahabalipuram beach was beautiful (of course with the sunrise view) but too wavy at the shores. The waves were very strong & created a musical ambience around which is what I loved to the core. Even while I’m writing this, I literally want to go back to this beach again. That’s the kind of memories that it gave me 🙂 You’ll see in the following videos on what am I talking about 🙂 🙂
So, on a day before I was supposed to fly back – I made sure that I get up early, go to Mahabalipuram, visit the Shore Temple & enjoy at the adjacent beach.
It went way better than what I had planned or thought.
(The Shore Temple is so named because it overlooks the shore of the Bay of Bengal. It is a structural temple, built with blocks of granite, dating from the 8th century AD. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Source: “Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram”. World Heritage.)
Here are few prints from the visit.
This video – whenever I see – soothes my soul ❤ Before the Sun became very harsh around 8:30 AM, I left however – while I was there, there were barely few seconds when I was not playing with the waves 🙂 🙂 I made my family have a video chat & see (and feel) the beautiful place 😀
Have you ever been to Chennai or Mahabalipuram? Share your thoughts over comments 🙂
PS: Happy Monday & have a happier week ahead 😀
Top: Forever 21
Cape: W for Woman
Sandals & Sling: Charles & Keith