Mahabalipuram also known as Mamallapuram, is a beautiful coastal town in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is on located 60 kilometers south of Chennai along the Coromandal Coast. Mahabalipuram is an ancient historic town and has been a busy seaport in ancient time. Today Mahabalipuram is a beautiful exotic tourism center with several Hindu monuments which has been declared as UNESCO world heritage site. Mahabalipuram is famous for its cleanliness and is one of the most visited tourist places in South India.

Mahabalipuram is culturally very rich and resonant.

During 7th century Mahabalipuram was one of two major port cities under the Pallava kingdom. The town was named after Pallava king Narasimhavarman Ist , who was also known as Mahamalla.

Mahabalipuram was a center of global trade during 4th century and few Chinese and Roman coins have been found at here.

Mahabalipuram is center of attraction for several monuments and natural battle monuments carved out of rock.

A Tamil writer Thirumangai Alvar in 8th century described Mahaballipuram as Sea Mountain.

There are several ancient monuments and Hindu temples including Descent of the Ganges – one of the largest open-air rock relief in the world.

How to Reach

Mahabalipuram is well connected by Airways, Railways and Road with rest of the country. The nearest Airport is Chennai Airport and the nearest railway station is Chennai Central. Chennai is well connected with State run roadways as well as Private Bus / Taxi operators.

Top Attractions in Mahabalipuram

  • Cave Temples

    These rock-cut temples are dated back to the 7th century. These temples include the Varaha, Adi Varaha, Krishna, Mahishasuramardini (Goddess Durga), Ramanuja, Dharmaraja, Koneri, Kotikal, Panchapandava

  • Descent of the Ganges

    Known as Arjuna's Penance – a giant open-air rock relief

  • Lighthouse

    An old lighthouse

  • Pancha Rathas

    Pancha Rathas or known as (Five Chariots) is five monumental structures carved from one single separate large piece of stone is named after the Pandavas (Arjuna, Bhima, Yudhishtra, Nakula and Sahadeva) and Draupadi.

  • Sea Shore Temple

    The temple is along the Bay of Bengal with the entrance from the western side away from the sea.

  • Thirukadalmallai

    Temple of Lord Vishnu

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