I have one favor to ask to people who are traveling to Mamallapuram or who are there now : check out the Gecko cafÃ© in the Othavadai Cross St. 14.
I did help a friend there to build it and finally he opened in December. Since I have no chance to go there in the next 2 month to have a look how it turned out, I would be grateful about reports from reality. Also pictures would be welcome.
From all the pictures he did send, it looks like a cool place now - especially the 2 palmtrees right through the roof look great - and the view over lake and lighthouse seem to be nice. And the family-run cafÃ© is still a quiet+friendly place to hang out.
I also made him this website with all the info+history about the place: http://www.gecko-web.com.