It was over a sumptuous Sunday lunch with friends that Mahabalipuram was decided upon. One really did not think the idea would take off. Why? Oh well, the usual you know; plans made in a party usually fall through, since more often than not, everyone tends to agree, since everyone is ‘happy and high’.
Well, surprisingly this plan did take off, and in spite of the short notice and no long weekend, some of us friends decided to drive down to this 7th century port city, made famous by the Pallavas (one of the ruling dynasties of ancient India). The town has been now re-christened as Mamallapuram (since phonetically this is more in sync with the local dialect, Tamil).
The drive to Mahabalipuram from Bangalore takes approximately 6 hours, if one does not take any breaks, but incase one does, which we did (the longest we took was at the silk weaving town Kancheepuram) it will take longer. Apart from driving down, one can fly to Chennai, but then again a car would be needed to drive down to Mahabalipuram (almost an hour’s drive from the airport).
Why did we zero in on Mahabalipuram? Oh well, it is right on the Bay of Bengal and offers numerous, wonderful beach stay options. One of the oldest beach resorts (approx. 30 years old) is the Taj Vivanta Fisherman’s Cove; this has a private beach and the resort is almost one with the Bay.
The music of the waves, the moonlight nights, the aweinspiring sunrise over the beach, the conversations on the beach tower, and yes, fresh seafood from the sea, was like a balm to the soul. No, wonder they say, in Latin, ‘Carpe Diem’! Yes, seize the day we did.
It was laughter and giggles all the way, when we reached there! We could not believe we all were there, since the plans were so sudden and impromptu.
It helps not to over think and plan too much ahead sometimes, since you never know, if the opportunity will crop up again or not. So if you get the chance, grab it and make the most of it! Trust me, you will be richer with the experience.
As Dr. Seuss says..
Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite. Or waiting around for Friday night or waiting perhaps for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil or a better break or a string of pearls or a pair of pants or a wig with curls or another chance. Everyone is just waiting.