‘If you like Puri you should go to Mamallapuram you will love it there’ said a bookstore owner in Puri.

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Well I don’t think so! Puri is still a peaceful and sleeping fisher village compared to the full touristic orientated Mamallapuram. Hundreds of guesthouse, restaurants and stores squeeze along the coast in hope of customers. The choice is big but it doesn’t mean it is good too. The prices in town really shocked us which are up to double compared to Puri for accommodations and food. The shops have great stuff to sell but if every 5 meters somebody is calling you to visit his shop the charm of the place is fast gone. The title of Worl Heritage Site granted by UNESCO in 1995 cannot help it either.

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I enjoyed the bigger Puri as a town more. Still Mamallapuram has some really nice hang-out places like the ‘Bob Marley’ a relaxed café directly at the beach.

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The village is famous for its stone carving and the protected ancient monuments from the 6th to 9th century show the long tradition of this art.

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Alex

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