About Mahabalipuram / Mamallapuram

Mahabalipuram or fondly called Mamallapuram is a legacy of the great Pallava king, Narasimha Varman etched in a stone sanctuary. These kings, bestowed with artistic brilliance, gave the glimpses of ancient Dravidian sculpted skills to the modern world. The Ratha temples, Mandapas and Giant Open Air Reliefs in Mahabalipuram comprise the splendid showcase of heritage on this ancient sea port. Of all, the Sun Temple alongside the Bay of Bengal forms the captivating sight of Mahabalipuram City Tour. A tourist needs one-two days to discover the living lineage of this rock hewn world heritage site in rich detail.

Mahabalipuram Tour Attractions

Ratha Temples
Ratha Temples are present in the Mahabalipuram monumental complex as a monolithic processional chariots cut into residual blocks emerge beautifully from sand and present a glorious tale of Pallava dynasty's artistic brilliance. Carved in the style of Buddhist Viharas and Chaityas, these prominent monolithic Mahabalipuram temples include the five ratha temple dedicated to five Pandavas and their wife, the heroes of epic Mahabharata namely Dharma Raja Ratha, Bhima Ratha, Arjuna Ratha, Nakula Sahdeva Ratha, and Draupadi Ratha.

Mandapas or Cave complexes in Mahabalipuram are another highlight of Mahabalipuram Temple Complex. The Mandapas in Mahabalipuram temple complex are dedicated to Hindu deities namely Adivaraha, Varaha - an avatar of Lord Vishnu, Trimurti, Krishna, and Mahishasuramardini. Based on rock cut tradition, these exclusive caves were first initiated by Mahendravarma.

Rock Reliefs
Rock reliefs are almost synonymous with the sculpted heritage of Mahabalipuram. The Arjuna Penance and the Descent of the Ganges is the important rock relief circuit at this famous temple complex.

Shore Temple
This temple gave Mahabalipuram the epithet of a temple town by sea. Sea Shore Temple is a Dravidian structural temple featuring two shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Shiva, facing the east and the west. Standing against the backdrop of azure ocean, this temple is one of the must visit attractions of this ancient town tour.

How to Reach Mahabalipuram
  • By Air – Through Chennai Airport, tourists can enter this temple town from major cities of India.

  • By Rail – Egmore Railway and Chennai Central bring tourists from different parts of India close to the heritage of Mahabalipuram.

  • By Road – Mahabalipuram is 55.1 km away from Chennai and is a convenient drive option from city center.

Climate of Mahabalipuram – Due to its close proximity with the beach, Mahabalipuram has a hot and tropical climate.

Excursions of Mahabalipuram Tour

Fisherman Covelong
This small fishing village (20 km from Mahabalipuram)is known for its pristine beach where tourists can avail wind surfing. There is a nearby resort owned by Taj Group of Hotels where tourists can enjoy a hearty stay as well.

Located 67 km away from Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram is another temple town revered for its spiritual connection. This religious center is known as the home to Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple and Kamakshi Amman Temple. On a visit to this temple town, don't forget to grab the patented Kanchipuram sarees.

The gateway to south India, Chennai is an Indian metropolitan known for its refined culture and a variety of tourist attractions. During Chennai city tour, tourists can explore endless historic monuments, longest Indian coastline and incredibly rich experiences in this charming city.

This French Riviera of the east is mostly visited by tourists who are in search of tranquility. The rocky beaches, spiritual abode of Saint Aurobindo, Auroville and its enticing French culture makes Pondicherry a calming retreat.
Where to stay
  Hotel Mamalla Heritage Silent Valley Resort
  Temple Bay Beach Resort  

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