Improving Safety and Health of Fishing Communities:
A Bay of Bengal Initiative
December 13 - 14, 2010
Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
Mahabalipuram (also known as Mamallapuram) where the International
Workshop on 'Improving Safety and Health of fishing Communities:
A Bay of Bengal Initiative' is being hosted is an hour’s drive
south of Chennai. This beautiful resort is on the shores of the Bay
of Bengal, along the eastern coast and is known for its rocks
carvings and monolithic sculptures. The beaches of Mahabalipuram
attract thousands of tourists throughout the year to sun bathe,
relax and unwind. At the same time
it has the famous shore temples built during the period 830 - 1100
AD. These temples have now been declared a World Heritage Site. The
tsunami of 26 December 2004 has also exposed elaborately carved
rocky structures, which appear to be part of a temple wall or a
portion of the ancient port city. The Mahabalipuram coastline is
dotted with traditional fishing villages and fishing communities
form an important segment of the population in the area.
(formerly Madras), the gateway to Mahabalipuram, is a scenic coastal
city of southern India with a history dating back to 17th century.
It is one of India's four metropolises and is a city of temples and
forts, churches and beaches, parks and monuments. It also has the
San Thome Cathedral Basilica, where St Thomas was buried in 78 AD.
city has somewhat ungenerously been described as having three
seasons - hot, hotter and hottest. Indeed, except for four pleasant
months, November to February, the weather is uniformly hot and
humid. That is precisely why we thought of getting you here during
the best season!
Chennai is very well connected by air from most parts of the world
important airlines such as Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines,
Malaysian Airlines, Lufthansa, British Airways, Air Lanka, Emirates,
Gulf Airlines, Air India, etc. land at the international airport at
Hotel accommodation and local transportation
are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. However,
the BOBP-IGO secretariat will be happy to assist you in making these
reservations. Please note that the following hotels can be booked
either directly by you or through the secretariat.
The venue of the Workshop is Radisson Resort Temple Bay,
There are several rooms available there and bookings can be made on
a first come first served basis. There are other equally decent
facilities in and around Mahabalimpuram - Ideal Beach Resort,
Sterling Mahabalipuram and Fisherman's Cove. However, if you decide
to stay in any one of them, please approach them directly (www.idealresort.com;
We are also working out some concessional rates with them and once
you register for the workshop, we shall inform you the rates. Since
December is an important tourist month, bookings should be done as
early as possible.
No matter where you chose to stay, arrangements
for pick up and drop at the hotel will be made as long as you have
coordinated your local travel with the secretariat well in advance. Airport pick up
and drop can also be arranged.
We look forward to seeing you at Chennai in December!
Yugraj Singh Yadava
Bay of Bengal Programme Inter-Governmental Organisation
91, St. Mary's Road, Abhiramapuram
Chennai 600 018, Tamil Nadu, India
Email: Yugraj.Yadava@bobpigo.org; email@example.com
Tel: +91 44 2493 6294; +91 44 2493 6188;
Fax: + 91 44 2493 6102