Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu)
Mahabalipuram was a 7th century port city of the South indian dynasty of thePallavas around 60 km south from the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu. It is believed to have been named after the Pallava king Mamalla . It has various historic monuments built largely between the 7th and the 9th century, and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The monuments are mostly rock-cut and monolithic, and constitute the early stages of Dravidian architecture wherein Buddhist elements of design are prominently visible. They are constituted by cave temples, monolithic rathas (chariots), sculpted reliefs and structural temples. The pillars are of the Dravidian order. The sculptures are excellent examples of Pallava art.
Mahabalipuram Quick facts
Best time to visit Mahabalipuram
Mahabalipuram experiences a hot and sweltering climate all year round with a maximum temperature of 35°C and minimum temperature of 19°C. A trip to Mahabalipuram can best be enjoyed from October to March; however the monsoons should be avoided.
Mahabalipuram is not just about the temples and architecture but it is also about the natural beauty of the surroundings. The long stretch of the beaches dotted with palm-groves is ideal to spend a few moments away from the usual cacophony of the city. A visit to this place is also an educative experience, showing visitors the great architectural achievements of the ancient artisans of India.
How to reach Mahabalipuram by Road
By Raod: Private and government owned buses ply regularly to/from Pondicherry, Kanchipuram, Chengalpattu and Chennai. One can also hire taxi in Chennai to reach Mamallapuram.
How to reach Mahabalipuram by Rail
By Rail: The two nearest railheads are Chengalpattu (29-km) and Chennai (58-km). Reaching these stations one has to take bus or taxi to reach Mahabalipuram.
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How to reach Mahabalipuram by Air
By Air: Chennai (58 km) is the nearest airport to Mahabalipuram. It has both international and domestic terminus. Several flights connect Chennai with major parts of the country. Also flights are available from important destinations of the world
Mahabalipuram Entertainment and Night Life
Mahabalipuram is famous for its stone and wooden sculptures. Soapstpones, granite and wood are used to carve out gods and goddesses and unique scenes captures from everyday life. Jewellery and decorative items made of seashells are also good buys to carry home as souvenirs from this seaside town.
Mahabalipuram Travel Tips
By Air: Chennai (58 km) is the nearest airport to Mahabalipuram. It has both international and domestic terminus. Several flights connect Chennai with major parts of the country. Also flights are available from important destinations of the world.