Part 3 of my Chennai Chronicles!
Continuing my Chennai Chronicles from here!
So, next morning alarms were set at 5 am with bets in place that who will get up and who will not and the odds were highly against me. But I was determined to prove them wrong and I think I got up just to prove them wrong :P.
So we were at the beach around 5:45 am or so, with the weather just perfect to play around. We enjoyed and overcome our fears, much fun was had playing in water, sand, feeling the sand slip away under the feet and making castles 😀 All the while when it was drizzling a bit making it even more fun. Sigh, the beach is the only thing that makes me feel damn jealous about Chennai ;P.
After spending around an hour and a half on the beach we all were hungry and the plan was to eat at Murugan Idly It was the place I start dreaming about, the minute we start talking about a Chennai trip.
We rushed to Murugan Idly only to be told that it opens at 8am for breakfast. Disappointment is a small word for what I felt at that time I assure you 🙁 However, since I had one more day for eating that breakfast and we were hungry anyway, P took us to Hot Chips. Now that was a surprise as I didn’t know that Hot Chips will sell idly dosa also. The Hot Chips here in Bangalore sell just what they are named for Hot chips and yummy ones too. This Hot Chips had anything but chips 😉 the breakfast was decent though we gulped down the idly dosa, a dose of filter coffee and planned the rest of the day ahead while eating which was to proceed towards Mahabalipuram known as Mahabs is what I am told 🙂
So after coming back home and scrubbing the sand away and making ourselves presentable, we started on the drive towards Mahabs on the ECR road of which I had heard so much about. Yet again, all we encountered was crazy traffic. After quite sometime it did ease out, when we crossed the toll booth, though just a bit. The idea was to just decide if we want to stop somewhere on the way. If we don’t find anything interesting, we would head straight to Mahabs, however the first stop came too soon – the snake and the crocodile park thinking Ojas might enjoy the place. However, it left me in pain, just as most zoos in India too, apart from a couple, like the Mysore zoo. I always leave Indian zoos with a very heavy heart. This place was badly maintained, not clean at all, with tiny enclosures and the worst was the snake enclosure. They had placed the snakes in pots covered with a cloth, taken out randomly for display and hit or nudged by a stick to fan so that the people there can get bribe tips.
Having said that. Ojas did enjoy seeing all the crocodiles. For him the state doesn’t matter too much as of now I guess. There were also some turtles in the glass enclosures which he loved the most.
Inside the snake park!
There were also some nice and cute turtles in park, which excited Ojas the most. He refused to get away from them 🙂 so after seeing this and indulging in some pineapple with a generous sprinkling of red chillies, we headed straight towards Mahabs enjoying the lovely view on both sides of ECR.
To be continued…
PS: can’t believe I am writing so much about chennai :P.
B. M. says
Is that chennai …
the little one is having fun watr and sand 🙂
all the pictures are beautiful crocs and snakes …
Looks like you guys had fun at the beach!
Aww I’m sad to hear the state of India’s zoos…that pic of the cobra freaked me out tho – was that just roaming around??!!!
Wow! Loved the part about the beach and ECR. The story of the Crocodile park made me feel so sad… why don’t they just release the animals in the jungle or something and shut down the badly maintained park. Very sad!!
Free Spirit says
Ah.. Chennai looks beautiful in those pictures 😛
Lovely pics !!
Btw..I was looking for your old travel blog but could not find the link ..do you still have it ?
Brilliant post..gotta take a tip or 2 wid u to write travel blog..been struggling with dat..i love the pics n gonna subscribe to ur blog.
Chennai chronicles seems interesting. keep on posting.