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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Mahabalipuram Traveller Reviews

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Rajdeep Roy choudhury
  • Rajdeep Roy choudhury
  • Lives in Agartala
  • 4 Reviews

"Perfect place for a pocket friendly weekend getaway" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
We went from Chennai as a office group for weekend getaway twice, and the experience has been amazing. Take the ECR route from Chennai, which is quite scenic.

Some of the key highlights of the place are: Serene and clean beach. Amazing sea food at dirt cheap prices on the sea side shacks. Good options for English style breakfast.

Must visit places/spots: Underwater submerged Shore temple, ancient temples, Butter Ball, Light House, etc.
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Soumyajit Kundu
  • Soumyajit Kundu
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 28 photos
  • 39 Reviews

"All sightseeing places are nearby" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Mahabalipuram is a very small town with a good sea beach. All the sightseeing places are nearby, total walking distance 2.5 KM. The road transport is quite good with frequent buses from chennai, pondicherry. Good for a day or two days trip. The sea shore temple, the other monuments have beautiful carvings and are a must visit.
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Saikat Kundu
  • Saikat Kundu
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 13 photos
  • 7 Reviews

"Nice place to visit"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I passed a very good time in this place. The major places are Sea Shore Temple and Five Rathas. In both places, you can find stunning sculptures on sand stand. The nearby sea beach is very good. The only problem is humid hot. Otherwise, you can spend few hours here easily.
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G Venkata
  • G Venkata
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews

"Nice beach destination"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Oct 6, 2014
It was an amazing experience with the dazzling winds on the shores of mighty Mahabalipuram. It is a well cultured city with its scenic beauty, a must visit place to everyone in their life. The on shore temple and the horse rides in the beach was the add ons.
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Shivam Kumar
  • Shivam Kumar
  • 1 Review

"Good beach destination"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Sep 25, 2014
The place you must go while living in Chennai is Mahabalipuram. There you will find the foreign beach where you can hang out with your friends and take bath in the good fresh water. You can do the shopping as well. The temple is also there and you can roam the rocks too.
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Karthik Prasad
  • Karthik Prasad
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 4 Reviews

"A good place with historical sculptures"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Sep 13, 2014
Mahabalipuram is one such beautiful place with a lot of historical and traditional sculptures. The place offers you a lot of interesting features. If you are a person who loves history or interested in historical stories. This is the place you should be visiting.
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Jimmy
  • Jimmy
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Jamshedpur
  • 53 photos
  • 18 Reviews

"Poorly maintained temple"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted Aug 8, 2014
As we love nature, we didn't enjoy much of this place as its mostly mostly a place with historic monuments and temples. This is place for those who like temples and monuments, they will enjoy this place. The only attraction was sea shore temple. That too it is not maintained properly. Inside the temple it is dirty and untidy.
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Yeshwanth Sarathy
  • Yeshwanth Sarathy
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review

"A place of historic architechtures"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Aug 5, 2014
It will be a wonderful visit to Mahabalipuram with the shore temple, five rathas and the light house. There are a lot of resorts and hotels for a good stay and food. Place of historic architectures near the Bay of Bengal. We can see lot of statues everywhere. A good place to visit when we visit Chennai. Its a good tourist spot for foreigners and Indians.
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Sathish Varadharaj
  • Sathish Varadharaj
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review

"A place of architectural beauty"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Jul 17, 2014
It's just 50 km away from my native place. So we go there often with family. It's a wonderful place of historic architectures near by the Bay of Bengal. We can see lot of statues everywhere. One of the greatest tourist place, elephant in single stone, Lord Vishnu in shore temple, lighthouse and beach. Everything is wonderful. Every statues reflects the innovation and intelligence of our historical kings of Pallava dynasty.
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Kanagavel Ganesan
  • Kanagavel Ganesan
  • Lives in Madurai
  • 1 Review

"Beautiful place with affordable accommodation"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Jul 9, 2014
It was a wonderful visit to Mahabalipuram. The temples, rathas and light house were very beautiful places. There were lot of resorts and hotels for accommodation at an affordable price. I stayed at Bay Treasure Hotel which was located on the East Coast Road near Mahabalipuram. A divine place to visit again.
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