Reflection Sky Villas is flanked by the sea and the magnificent East Coast Road (ECR)
The East Coast Road is a 4-lane highway along the coast of the Bay of Bengal. It connects Chennai with Cuddalore via Pondicherry and extends till Kanyakumari. The major tourist attractions on this stretch are Tiger Caves, Mahabalipuram, Dakshina Chitra Museum, Muttukadu Boat House, Marundeeswarar Temple, Cholamandal Artists Village, and many more.
Considered as one of the most amazing adventure experiences,
a road trip along the ECR (East Coast Road) is right at Reflection’s doorsteps.
Leave the stresses of daily life and pedal away without a care in the world on the ECR road. There’s little that can beat the beautiful simplicity of Chennai's countryside, cuisine, culture, and craft.
Citizens of Chennai attributed this result to a range of factors – from the safety of women to communal harmony
to the presence of an active civil society.
We often hear about riots and lynching in other parts of the country but not in Chennai.
It is also a lot safer for women.
The lifestyle in Chennai is laid-back which is important because you don’t always have to be in a rush to board trains like in Mumbai. It is also not an expensive city for a middle-class person. Indulging in music, dance, and fine arts is a part of one’s culture here.
Mahabalipuram is a famous tourist site in the South of India, known for its classical architecture, monolithic monuments, cave temples, and also its handmade crafts, and sandy beaches. The group of monuments at Mahabalipuram have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Shore Temple, built with blocks of granite, dates to the 8th century AD. It is one of the oldest structural stone temples in South India. The Shore Temple is considered to be part of the Seven Pagodas at Mahabalipuram, an ancient Hindu legend.
The Pancha Rathas is an example of monolithic Indian rock-cut architecture. Each of the 5 monuments in the Pancha Rathas complex resembles a chariot (Ratha). The structures are named after the Pancha Pandavas and their common wife Draupadi, of the Mahabharata epic.
Arjuna's Penance is the splendor of Mamallapuram. It is a huge rock in the canvas unfolding a scene of gods and demigods, birds, beasts, and natural scenery. Some are of the opinion that it is in fact Bagirath's penance to bring the celestial Ganges to the Earth.
Krishna's butterball is a huge boulder balancing on just the tip, giving the onlooker an impression that it may roll any moment. The Krishna butterball is near the Ganesha Ratha. Pallava kings attempted to move it, but all the kings and their elephants were not able to move the boulder even by an inch.
The Dakshina Chitra Museum, located in Muthukadu strives to preserve,
promote and present the rich cultural heritage and to celebrate the
multitude of skill and culture of the people of South India.
Dr Deborah Thiagarajan, inspired by the craftsmen and artisans of the villages, founded Madras Craft Foundation in 1984. The Madras Craft Foundation is a non-profit NGO, and Dakshina Chitra was conceived as its main project. Dakshina Chitra literally means ‘picture of the south’.
The Dakshina Chitra Museum is one of its kind, and upholds the culture and traditions of these areas in an era where they are vulnerable. The museum implements this through curated permanent exhibits and public programmes. The museum familiarises visitors with the architecture, crafts and lifestyle of communities in the four southern states of India through activities, bazaars, workshops and folk performances.
The rare Gharial
By the 1970s, the crocodile population in India had plunged to the brink of
extinction due to excessive hunting through the topics. To respond to this growing
concern, Rom and Zai Whitaker established the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust in 1976 with
the specific goal of securing breeding populations of the
three species of Indian crocodiles: the mugger (Crocodylus palustris),
the saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) and the rarest of all, the gharial (Gavialis gangeticus).
The Bank Trust has now grown to house other reptiles such as turtles, lizards, snakes and some endangered chelonians. The Trust is far more than a zoo. The core operation is the conservation and safekeeping of these animals. The Croc Bank came to be known as The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Center for Herpetology in 2003.