Mahabalipuram is located at a distance of about 55 km from Chennai. The town is a World Heritage Site and is well-connected to Chennai by roadways and railways. However, the best way to reach Mahabalipuram from Chennai is by car, which takes an hour. The places covered during the journey from Chennai to Mahabalipuram are Chennai - 16km -> Okkiyam Thuraipakkam - 11km -> Navallur - 14km -> Covelong - 17km -> Mahabalipuram. Several ATMs, petrol pumps and roadside dhabas are available on the route.
Transport options from Chennai to Mahabalipuram
Chennai to Mahabalipuram By Car: Hire a cab from Chennai to Mahabalipuram, which takes around an hour. The cost of cabs ranges from INR15 to INR45 per kilometre, depending upon the type of car. Economical and Ideal for families with kids, seniors and groups.
Chennai to Mahabalipuram By Bus: Take a direct bus from Chennai to Mahabalipuram, which takes about an hour. Mahabalipuram bus stand is located in the heart of the city and can be reached on foot. Economical and ideal for backpackers, youngsters and individual travellers.
Chennai to Mahabalipuram By Train: No direct train is available from Chennai to Mahabalipuram. Take a direct train from Chennai to Chengalpattu, the nearest railway station to Mahabalipuram, which takes around an hour. Chengalpattu railway station is located at a distance of about 30 km from Mahabalipuram and can be covered by cab, bus or taxi. Economical and ideal for families, seniors and groups.
ECR is always fascinating. Kids, adults, elders. It always has something for every one. Crocodile bank, muttukadu boating, MGM Dizzee World Theme Park, VGP theme park, Mayajaal cinemas. You've got it all. A stay in a beach side resort would be awesome. Safe to drive during the day. Road is under expansion, alternative is to take OMR road. Toll gates are there.
We always prefer to travel by Air India flights only for going to Chennai every year. Chennai is a beautiful city in India known for peace of mind, tranquility in atmosphere, quite different. I expected that there will be movie shootings everywhere as told to me by my friends but did not see anything. Marina Beach was also okay. Then I went to some museum but it was horrible.
Mamallapuram is about 55 km away from Chennai and 100 km away from Pondicherry. T-Nagar to Mamallapuram is 599 AC/non AC and Adyar to Mamallapuram is 588 AC/non AC, CMBT to Mamallapuram is 588 AC/non AC, Velacherry to Mamallapuram is 589 AC/non AC. All Pondicherry buses will stop in Mahabalipuram Junct
There are two roads to Mahabalipuram, the Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR), with dozens of office buildings and the East Coast Road (ECR). We prefer East Coast Road, that hugs the sea shore for most of the way. The road is in good condition and the drive was smooth. On weekend the traffic gets rather heavy. There are a number of places to eat (and drink) on the way. You reach Mahabalipuram in one to two hours, depending on which part of the city you start out from.
In Dec-Jan weather in Chennai is at its best. Cosy breeze, no hot high rise temperature and less humidity. At this time, going a long drive on ECR on the sea coast line for 100 km is amazing with villages and greenery. Road is smooth and the travel in itself is one of the attractions in this route. So I suggest boys to take the best car with great pick-up and speed and press on the gas.
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