"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

From Sea To Shining Sea


The previous day’s journey had been hard and tiring:
Over 350 km (more than 200 miles), which is a
 long distance on Indian roads.
But our week of meandering travels had taken us from my home on the Malabar coast to the beaches of Tamil Nadu.
We had crossed a narrow southern portion of India’s great diamond, from the Arabian Sea to the Indian Ocean

Today the journey would be easier and more leisurely.
We began by driving from Mahabalipuram to Pondicherry:

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A route punctuated by rock-carvings, sea-salt harvests and an ocean promenade. 


5 responses

  1. The landscape has changed quite remarkably since you first began your journey. The color of the water is especially noticeable in its clarity and color. Stunning photos … as always.

    May 25, 2011 at 9:38 am

    • The Arabian Sea is generally crystal clear. But because rivers coming down from the Western Ghats and a sizeable lake all drain into my stretch of sea, we have quite a lot of sediment..

      May 25, 2011 at 9:59 am

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  3. Toffeeapple

    The first picture is an amazing landscape.

    May 26, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    • It is a staggering and hardly remarked-on feature in Mahabalipuram: one of nature’s remarkable conjuring tricks with gigantic boulders!

      May 26, 2011 at 7:31 pm

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