Any notions we may have had about South India being more laid-back, cleaner, less chaotic, have been immediately dispelled.
This is full-on honk/haggle India!
Before the rain came the stench of the city was astounding. The sweet, pungent smell of rot and corruption. But now there is a cyclone off Sri Lanka so it's been raining for 2 days. I posted a video on YouTube of some photos and a tuk-tuk ride in chennai. Follow the link on the right.
Now we are in the kingdom of "backpackistan" (Mamalapurum) 2 hours south of the city, where dreadlocks reign supreme. Actually along with the hippies come these really cool rock formations, green space, and beautifully carved temples from the Pallava Kingdom like the one in this photo.
We'll probably explore here for a while before heading south to Pondicherry.
Alison B. Sweeney
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