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.
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.
If anybody wants to go to Mahabalipuram my advise is go by own car. There are plenty of taxis available. Along the road, you can see the beaches and buildings as the car goes via OMR ( Old Mahabalipuram Road). Sholinganallur is a well-developed area in Chennai and along the route you can find 2-3 parks.
Its a great experience and I really enjoyed it a lot. We started at early morning and the climate is good and we view is awesome. One the way the Kovalam Beach, while travelling by car the view of the Kovalam Beach is amazing and it was a great experience. The road is also quite good. There is more restaurants and beach resorts to get refresh.
The road was smooth and you can drive comfortably. You also have a number of hotels and it was fun. While going to Mahabalipuram, there is a crocodile park, which is worth visiting. There was a snake park also in it which has an extra charge associated.
I travelled by East Coast Road from Chennai. As it is a coastal road I preferred to travel by evening after sunset. It was a great experience and I enjoyed the evening. I also enjoyed the sculptures in Mahabalipuram, which is feast to eyes. Really its a gift left by our ancestors to this generation.
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