As we were leaving the hotel in Tanjore the Sitar player from the evening before had arrived with a CD of his music that I had asked him about. It was very kind for him to come in the next morning and let me buy a copy.
It was raining hard as soon as we left Tanjore, and the driver told us we were doing a short detour so we could visit another Chola Temple. But we were on our own today no guide, this temple was unpainted but highly carved and very wet.
When we got to Pondicherry we were staying in a small 18 room hotel near the sea front called the Palais de Mahe, it was very pleasant with beautiful rooms and the walls were decorated in nice artwork.