Recommended massages and ayurvedic treatments (male therapists for men, female for women), and yoga at 7am and 6pm.
Mumu Surf School
Popular, well-organised school for all levels and board rental (per hour ₹150 to ₹300).
Runs half-day bicycle tours to nearby villages, visiting local potters and observing activities like kolam drawing (the 'welcome'...
This is some of the best Western food in town; the pasta, pizza, sizzlers and crepes are genuine and tasty (if small), service is good,...
Shore Temple information
Standing like a magnificent fist of rock-cut elegance overlooking the sea, the two-towered Shore Temple symbolises the heights of Pallava architecture and the maritime ambitions of the Pallava kings. Its small size belies its excellent proportion and the supreme quality of the carvings, many of which have been eroded into vaguely Impressionist embellishments. Built under Narasimhavarman II in the 8th century, it's the earliest significant free-standing stone temple in Tamil Nadu.
The two towers rise above shrines to Shiva and their original linga (phallic symbols of Shiva) captured the sunrise and sunset. Between the Shiva shrines is one to Vishnu, shown sleeping. Rows of Nandi (Shiva's vehicle) statues frame the temple courtyard.