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“Battling the sea for thousands of years and still standing Tall”
Review of Sea Shore Temple

Sea Shore Temple
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Private Tour: Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuarm Full-Day Tour from Chennai
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
New Delhi, India
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“Battling the sea for thousands of years and still standing Tall”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

Yesterday I visited Shore Temple after 10 years, This makes it my second visit to here and I have witnessed changes in development of adjoining areas, gardens, shopping place, and number of visitors. It was like a time wrap for me. I arrived in the evening time as I had desired to spent time in the setting sun. Shore Temple is one of the finest example of rock cut architecture and have stood the test of the time and the powerful sea and its salty winds that have corroded once beautifully carved statues and other carvings on the exterior walls. Its the central piece of a huge temple complex, much of which has been lost to times but you can still feel the gigantic size of it by walking at the exteriors, searching for the holes where once mighty pillars would have stood.

For a historians, its a slow decay of history in progress. Now with the ASI working to preserve and maintain it and creation of nice platforms and gardens, this historical site has got a facelift and is a must visit. It is incredible to think that from this place, once mighty ships have traveled extensively to south east Asia bringing trade, commerce, religion, and culture with them to the faraway lands. Thereby interconnecting the both sides of the Bay of Bengal culturally, religiously, and spiritually. A visitor have to just spent sometime and think about it. Though major problem is of a nice cafeteria which if ASI can open within its complex, it will be a great relief for visitors to enjoy the setting sun, crashing sea waves on the rocks. So, travelers carry some food items with you as you will only get different kind of soft drinks but not much to eat in case you reached their empty stomach.

Visited April 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“A small Temple”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

You can see this from the beach and photograph from outside the fence. Carvings are worn. If you are buying the ticket 250 rupees to see the 5 paratha the shore temple is included so might as well see it .But if you want to see a temple there are many others to choose fom

Visited April 2013
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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“Great Temple, well worth a visit”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

Although the Temple was ravaged by the Tsunami much restoration work has been done and still a great place to visit.

Visited February 2013
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Chennai
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“A fast disappearing monument”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

I have grown up visiting this monument at least once in two years. However, it is terrible to see how the rock carvings are slowly disintegrating. The temple surroundings have been beautifully improved with lawns and fences but the monument itself is sadly fading away.

Visited May 2012
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“Evening at Shore Temple”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

After a particular hot afternoon of looking at the various temples of Mahabalipuram our group reached the Shore temple as the sun was getting ready to set.

We were tired, but the long walk towards the temple was surprisingly rejuvenating.
The nearer we got to the temple we could hear the sea more distinctly, the sea breeze was cooler and the green lawns looked very welcoming.

The temple has a beautiful architecture.
It gave a feeling of calm and quietness (despite the sea and the many people who were there) and it was a perfect end to the day, sitting on the steps of the temple and breathing in and out with the waves that could be heard so clearly.

Visited December 2012
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