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Mahabalipuram City Guide

Attractions : Pancha Rathas, Light House, Shore Temple, Arjuna’s Penance

Mahabalipuram city which is situated around 65 km from Chennai is one of most sought after tourist destinations in India. This city is known for its historical monuments and the beautiful beaches which lure the visitors to this place from all over the world. The spectacular beaches of this city are always crowded by the water sport lovers and fun loving tourists. Many historical monuments built between 7th and 9th centuries, some of whom have world heritage status are also located here.

Mahabalipuram City Guide which literally means “the city of wrestler” is a modern name of Mamallapuram. This name was given to this city to honor the great Pallava king and the ruler Narasimhavarman I who has done a lot for the development of this city.

How to reach there ?

By Air- Chennai international airport is the nearest airport from Mahabalipuram City Guide which is around 65 km away. It is connected with all major cities in India and international flights are also operated from the Chennai Airport.

By Rail - The nearest rail head in Mahabalipuram is Chengalpattu which is 29 Km from the city and the nearest railway station is Chennai which is connected with all major cities in India.

By Road - Mahabalipuram is well connected by public transport bus services in Tamil Nadu. Apart from this you can pick another option of Private bus services as well.

Best time to visit Mahabalipuram is generally hot throughout the year and the best time to visit the city in Mahabalipuram is between the month of October and March as the climate is rather pleasing during this period.

Tourist destinations

Pancha Rathas - Pancha Rathas means Five Chariots. These temples are monolith and are carved from whole rock of pink granite. These shrines are a cluster of five temples named after five Pandava brothers and their wife Draupadi. One of the most loved tourist places, Pancha Ratha in Mahabalipuram city is also visited by the travelers because of its historical and architectural importance.

Light House - The majestic lighthouse standing near the Bay of Bengal is not only a tourist destination in Mahabalipuram City Guide but all the tourists who visit this city love it as well. Visit this age old light house and enjoy its picturesque beauty.

Shore Temple - Overlooking the marvelous view of Bay of Bengal, this temple is one of the important monuments in Mahabalipuram that is classified as World Heritage site by UNESCO and is also one of the oldest stone temples of India. It offers a picturesque view to the visitors and also has great religious importance. It is devoted to Lord Vishnu.

Thirukadalmallai - This temple is one of the 108 Divya Deshams and is also known as Sthalasayana Perumal Temple. It has the earliest Mahabalipuram City Guide sculptures which have great historical significance.

Descent of Ganges - It is also known as Open Air Museum. Built by Pallava Kings it is carved on a monolithic rock and depicts the descent of river Ganges (Ganga). This ancient temple is classified as world heritage site by UNESCO.

Arjuna’s Penance - It is carved on monolithic rock and is considered as Pallava heritage site. It was built between 7th and 8th century. It has many mythological legends carved on the rock. It represents the Dravidian architectural style. Sculptures of elephants and monkeys are also carved on this monument.

Varaha Cave Temple - It is again a UNESCO world heritage site which was built in 7th century and represents the Indian rock cut architecture. This temple is a rock cut monument which features Varah ( The boar) and Vamana (the dwarf), which are two incarnations of Lord Vishnu. This temple is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Mahabalipuram city.

Krishna Mandapam - This Mandapam is the biggest Shri Krishna dedicated Mandapam which depicts many of the famous legends related to the life of Lord Krishna.

Festivals - Mahabalipuram celebrates world renowned “Mamallapuram Dance Festival” with much fanfare every year. This dance festival is celebrated annually in the month of January and visitors from all over the world come to witness this mega festival visit Mahabalipuram City Guide.