Chennai to Mahabalipuram Distance

Chennai To Mahabalipuram

(Mahabalipuram To Chennai)

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Total distance 52 km
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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.

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Prayank Jain

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Prayank Jain
6/7
Posted 2 weeks ago Aug 20, 2015
Mode of Transport:Car
Overall, travel was nice but the unauthorized toll collected at the entry point of Mahabalipuram (When yo enter from main Highway towards Mahabalipuram) takes off the shine and might put off some of the first time visitors as the toll collector rather more roughly ask the traveller to cough up the toll amount which he collects on his whims an fancy and ranges between Rs. 20 to Rs. 80 depending upon the registration number (to ascertain if you are and outsider or from Chennai).
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This route has:
  • Petrol pumps
  • Accomodation
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Route Taken:Vandalur-Kelambakkam Rd
Trip Includes:  | Mahabalipuram | Shore Temple
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Vartika Agarwal

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Vartika Agarwal
6.5/7
Posted 4 weeks ago Aug 8, 2015
Mode of Transport:Car
As earlier too I have suggested to visit this place on a road trip with hired car or owned car or maybe bikes. I would say I had the best ever road trip. Roads are in good condition. But petrol pumps are not that much available so I would advice to fill it before you start your journey.
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Car Type:
  • Hatchback
This route has:
  • Food/Dhabas
  • Clear Signages
Route Taken:Nagapattinam-Chennai Hwy/Tiruchi-Chennai Hwy, Vandalur-Kelambakkam Rd and E Coast Rd
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Mahabalipuram is a small place in Tamil Nadu and very near to Chennai for about 60 kms away which is why its a weekend destination for Chennaites. Due to its popularity many foreign travelers and people from all over India visit this place.

It is a historic destination with beaches...more »
Trip Includes:  Daphne Hotel
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Badhrin kannan

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Badhrin kannan
4/7
Posted 1 month ago Jul 21, 2015
Mode of Transport:Car
I just travelled from Chennai to a resort in Mahabalipuram. The ECR is a pretty good road and the resort was right on the road about 2 km from Mahabalipuram. The sculptures at Mahabalipuram were great (as usual) and I also visited the surrounding spots. Being early July it was hot so I did not walk around as much as I would have liked to.
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Car Type:
  • Sedan
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  • Petrol pumps
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  • Clear Signages
Route Taken:E Coast Rd
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Srikant Jhanwar

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Srikant Jhanwar
7/7
Posted 2 months ago Jul 6, 2015
Mode of Transport:Taxi
Mahabalipuram is just 50KM away from Chennai hence travelling by car is recommended. It took just an hour to reach the resort. I released the car up on reaching there and re booked it again while departing. Cars are easily available anytime. Inside Mahabalipuram local autos can be used.
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  • Clear Signages
Route Taken:East Coast Road
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Rajanikanth S

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Rajanikanth S
4.6/7
Posted 3 months ago Jun 10, 2015
Mode of Transport:Bus
If you are travelling by public transportation from Chennai to Mahabalipuram, I advise you to travel by the A/C Volvo bus which goes through the scenic east coast road. It's a joyous ride and can be enjoyed with spectacular views of the sea running besides you.
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Dakshinachitra is an unique place to visit when you are at Chennai. It showcases the traditional houses of the four Southern states of India in intricate detail. All the houses displayed here are original houses relocated from their actual places and assembled here.

Its a great...more »
Trip Includes:  | Mahabalipuram
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Chennai to Mahabalipuram By Car/Taxi (50 Km)

Vehicle Approx. Fare/Km (Rs) Approx. Cost (Rs)
Tata Indica A/C 11 550
Toyota Qualis 11 550
Hyundai Santro A/C 12 600
Mahindra Scopio A/C 12 600
Chevrolet Tavera A/C 13 650
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  • Taxi
    • Total distance:50 km
    • Duration: 1 Hrs by car
    • Price:from Rs. 9 per km
  • Bus
    • Total distance:50 km
    • Duration: 1 Hrs by Bus
  • Trains
    • Total distance:50 km
  • Flights
    • Total distance:50 km
    • Nearest Airport:Chennai
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    • Awards: 19 of 56 hotels won Best of 2012 award
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