I had visited first time the Shore temple at Mamallapuram aka Mahabalipuram way back in 1982 and I pictured this temple in my mind as a wonderful monolithic structure overlooking the bay of Bengal.
On 15th may, 2012 I had opportunity to visit the Shore temple, Mamallapuram with my family (daughter and wife) on our return trip from Chennai to Chidambarm via scenic East Coast Road. We did take time for a great lunch at a traditional biriyani-fulka and vegetable curry at the Adyar Ananad Bhawan restaurant near Mamallapuram. As soon as we stepped out of the taxi near the Shore temple entrance, we were able to hear the sound of sea waves crushing. Following about a five-minute walk, we reached the Shore temple spot. The climate was extremely hot nonetheless the sky was simply awesome blue with white cloud formations here and there. The standing to its locations is the most majestic looking structure dating the 8th century. Standing at the entrance of the shore temple against a beautiful landscape consisting of various shades, looking towards bay of Bengal, feeling the sea breeze and listening to the sounds of sea waves, we felt relaxed and rejuvenated for further journey to our home in Chidambaram.