Mahabalipuram definitely has a hippie vibe. I bought a dress this afternoon that just may be tie-dyed. I walked down the street wearing it and venders yelled after me "you buy another dress Madame--different colour--good price". Clearly these items are local to Mahabalipurum.
There is a dance festival on here for the entire month. It is free in the park in front of the shore temple. So of course we had to check it out. It was so much fun to watch the young people perform their traditional dances. The costumes were fabulous.
So, peace man. You are Always in My Prayers Mom.