Mahabalipuram Tourism
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Mahabalipuram Tourism

Mahabalipuram Info

  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • Altitude: 12 m
  • Pincode: 603104
  • District: Kanchipuram
  • Language: Tamil
  • STD code: 044
  • Weather: Summer 21 to 41°C, Winter 17 to 33°C
Mahabalipuram is a tourist destination situated in Tamil Nadu, which has many beautiful places. It is known for its historical monuments, sculptures, scenic beauty, culture and tradition. Mahabalipuram is placed along the Coromandel Coast facing the Bay of Bengal. It is an attractive tourist spot.
 

History of Mahabalipuram

The name ‘Mahabalipuram’ is derived from a myth. The place was ruled by a very arrogant and cruel king named Mahabali who was later killed by Lord Vishnu and this place is named after that King Mahabali. 

The Gupta dynasty declined and Pallavas rose to power in south India and ruled for quite some time. The period between 650 AD and 750 AD was called as the golden age of Pallavas and they were powerful and intelligent thinkers. During their rule, great poets, saints, artisans, scholars, artists and dramatists emerged in the region. 

Mahabalipuram has unique and beautiful sculptures and paintings, which reflect the talent and skill artisans from the era possessed. Their creativity and innovation can be seen in the best possible form as they explored new styles and innovations eliciting the best in art and architecture. Mahabalipuram is not only known for its architecture, but also known for its casuarinas trees and silver sand beach. These attractions are an integral part of Mahabalipuram tourism. 

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

The Pallavas did not expose their creations, as they were not exposed to the outer world and were kept hidden until the late 185th century. Mahabalipuram has temples made out of a single rock, temples of different structures and artistic bas-reliefs, which is the largest in the world. The great architecture is a delight to the visitors even today and attracts devotees from far off places. Mahabalipuram has two low hills whose either sides have excavates temples called Mandapas. It has unique architecture with different sculptures (Nandi, Lion and Elephant), rathas (cut out temples) and a palace.    
    
One of the prominent festivals celebrated here is the Mamallapuram Dance Festival, which is organised by the Department of Tourism every year at the ancient 7th century Centre for Pallava Culture and Arts. As part of the festival, various dance forms are showcased including Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali and Odissi. There is a lot more to Mahabalipuram tourism and travellers can explore history by opting for Mahabalipuram holiday packages. 

Travelling to Mahabalipuram

To reach Mahabalipuram, tourists can take flights, trains or travel by road. The nearest airport to Mahabalipuram is in Chennai, located close to 60 km away. The nearest railhead is in Chengalpattu, close to 30 km from Mahabalipuram. Tourists can also drive down from nearby cities such as Bangalore. The best time to visit Mahabalipuram is between October and March. 

Accommodation options in Mahabalipuram

Hotels in Mahabalipuram range from beach resorts, luxury hotels to guesthouses, lodges and budget hotels. 
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Prayank Jain

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  • Lives in Delhi
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"An historical place" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Good place for a weekend visit from Chennai and Pondicherry great pieces of architecture with historical significance. You can buy stone sculptures from Mahabalipuram cost ranging from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 1,00,000 and above. Shore temple and arjuna's penance are places worth visiting and the shopping area near both the places offer various handicraft items and souvenirs for visitors to take home.
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Akhilesh Aggarwal

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"Shore temple" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
First and foremost it is a tourist place and the description of that temple is written at the entrance. A nice place, calm and quiet, peaceful environment and there is a beach next to this temple, many rides are also available at the beach. Mahabalipuram consists of caves and also a light house.
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Vartika Agarwal

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"Perfect place for weekend hangout" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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 around it. The beach is Marina beach which is 125 km long perhaps the longest beach in Asia. Around 3 rd century it was a seaport for Pallava dynasty. There are monuments which was built during this period which includes The Shore Temple, Five Rathas, Thirukadmallai(temple dedicated to Vishnu), Varaha Cave temple, Draupdi, Light house, Krishana butterball (it is a big rock which is tilted at an angle and held by few of the forces which is why it is famous for). To visit these monuments few hours say about 5-6 hrs is enough.

Apart from being a historic destination it has many cafes and local shopping to let people love this place. Cafes includes French, American breakfasts and a wide variety of almost all type of cuisine. Places like hot and fresh(coffee and pancakes), masala cafe bob marley can be visted. Their ambiance food and their view will make your visit a perfect holiday.

Since mahabalipuram is a small place so there is no need to travel it in autos our hire something especially for it. You can roam around everywhere by just walking our your owned vehicles. From Chennai there are many buses in almost every 30 minutes which goes to Mahabalipuram but I would recommend you to go for a road trip. The scenic beauty of about 60 kms is worth watching.

Beaches are good and there are many resorts near it where u can stay. From low price(hotel Daffine- 500 per room non ac) to Raddison Blu. It's best visit is from July to mid January. For water sports you can visit Covolong which is en route to mahabalipuram from Chennai. Apart from it you can visit crocodile bank which is another a worth watch spot.
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Sujith Raveendra panicker

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"A day out into history" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
A perfect place for one who is fond of art & architecture; and the guys having a rush of adrenaline for adventure may stay away. I had gone with two of my friends. All places of interest are in easy reach and within a 5km distance. When you plan to go just plan to be there in the evening and take a stay in tamil nadu tourism complex hotel having a private beach and amenities for a nominal rate.
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Souvik Das

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"A good place to visit with friends"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Very good place to travel with friends. And if you have a bike or biker team then it's great to visit Mahabalipuram in weekend. From Chennai its only 60 km and the ECR road is really adventures. I prefer to start early morning like 5 am from Chennai.
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Srikant Jhanwar

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"Must Visit"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Mahabalipuram is one of the must visit places in Tamil Nadu. It was amazing to see such great architecture of ancient times. The Shore Temple is legendary. Another highlight of my travel was my stay at Radisson Temple Bay. This is undoubtedly the best resort ever I have visited. Located on a amazing beach. It has breathtaking view of the ocean. I could spend hours sitting at their restaurants and enjoying the cool sea breeze.
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Rajanikanth S

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"A historical journey"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Mahabalipuram is a very important and beautiful place to visit in south-India. One can get a glimpse of the extremely beautiful cave sculptures and bas-relief statues in this place. Further it has got a beautiful coastline to enjoy. It takes you back to history and presents a memorable feeling.
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Utkersh Gupta

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"Decent and small place"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Mahabalipuram is a small town near Chennai, it is a place where one can relax for 1-2 days. The place is small but still has lot of attractions, the sea shore is clean and with lot of hotels\restaurant. The sea shore temple is a marvel in its own kind, and do not miss the big rocks which are perfectly balanced on ground.
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Riyaah Ahamed

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"A place not to be missed"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Apr 27, 2015
This trip is definitely different from other places. Because its very peaceful & beautiful. We can admire Pallava's talent, achievements etc. There we can find new hotels & accommodations with beach view. Its one more unforgettable nature for you. There are more visiting place near Mahabalipuram which also can't be missed.
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Kapil Bisht

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"Great place for those who want private beach not crowded"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 13, 2015
Mahabalipuram is about 2hrs drive from Chennai. We started our journey from Chennai at 2pm and it took only 1. 5hrs. To reach Mamalla Beach Resort by road. Its a great place for those who want private beach not crowded. We played beach cricket and beach volleyball. Except food everything was good.
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