Indian sweets wrapped in silver leaf, Chennai. Image by Melanie M/ CC BY 2.0.
Gopurams after dark at the Kalapeeshwar Temple, Chennai. Image by Vinoth Chandar / CC BY 2.0.
Domes of the Universal Temple at Sri Ramakrishna Math. Image by John Noble / Lonely Planet.
Paddling on Marina Beach, Chennai. Image by Alessandro Malatesta / CC BY-ND 2.0.
Women mark out rangoli patterns in Mylapore. Image by Srinivasa Krishnan / Getty Images.
Banana leaf thali at Junior Kuppanna, Chennai. Image by John Noble / Lonely Planet.
Vada and idli breakfast. Image by Harsha K R / CC BY-SA 2.0.
Supersized paper dosa and chai. Image by Charles Haynes / CC BY-SA 2.0.
Sculpted deities in rainbow colours on the Meenakshi Amman Temple. Image by cotaro70s / CC BY-ND 2.0.
The Shore Temple, Mamallapuram. Image by Geetesh Bajaj / Getty Images.