Mahabalipuram Mahabalipuram Review


Review of Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

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Kabilan R

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  • Kabilan R
  • Lives in Perambalur
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  • 3 Reviews
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  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 26, 2017
This place also called mammallapuram. The stones of stream is awesome and the One single rock stone crafted in Elephant. The beach temple is also nice architect the Pallavas. The Pallavas are good thinking and good crafting people's in the above century. The place was slightly effected by the Tsunami.
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Abishek kumar

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  • Abishek kumar
  • 1 Review
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"Exotic place with rare sculptures and beautiful beach"

  • Posted Oct 23, 2017
Good outing for a day, with beautiful sculptures and old temples rich cultural heritage, and clean beaches and friendly people.
Carry a nice camera, the light House view was great and can bargain on with local shopkeepers.
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Deepa padmanabhan

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  • Deepa padmanabhan
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"Perfect getaway for a relaxed weekend !!"

  • Posted Oct 19, 2017
We stayed at Radisson Blu Hotel and the property is oh so beautiful. We've been there earlier they didn't let us down this time too !! Peaceful, serene, calm and beautiful are adjectives that fit perfectly for them. We were travelling with our son who had a fun time swimming and playing at the property.
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  • Feline
  • Soulseeker
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 9 Reviews
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"Relax and enjoyed the town."

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Oct 9, 2017
Visited Mahabalipuram during our visit to Kanchipuram. Drive is around 2 hours from Kanchipuram (car). Take the Chengalpattu route. Roads are very good and quite empty as it was a weekday. Stayed at Hotel Tamil nadu (4 km away from town). Has own private beach and location is good but rooms are poorly maintained and pathetic service. Stayed overnight. Check-in and checkout is 12 pm. We had a 24 hour visit to Mahabalipuram before returning back to Kanchi the next day.

One can keep 4 hours to visit all the places here if having own vehicle. Visited Shore temple which will need an hour max. Parking nearby. They charged Rs 30. On the same stretch is other places to visit like Krishna butterball, Arjuna's penance, Varaha temple, Maisasura's cave. Lighthouse. All of them are on the same road, a few meters apart. Except for Maisasura cave and Lighthouse, rest can be covered in 15 min each. Maisasura cave and Lighthouse need an hour as there is lot of climbing but the view from top is spectacular. Five rathas is a few distance away and would need 45 min to 1 hour to explore. Parking fees charged was Rs 30. Tiger cave is around 4 km from Hotel tamil nadu (towards Chennai). Nothing spectacular as it can covered in 10 min as there is only a cave. Can be avoided.

Note that entry into town is toll of Rs 40. So if you stay outside town like we did, every time you enter you need to pay Rs 40. So plan out where you want to stay. Hot and humid weather so lot of drinks and ice cream shops around. Shore temple and Five rathas do not look like Hindu temples as their structures are very different and there is a belief that there could some alien hand in building them. Check a few youtube videos on Mahabalipuram to get some information before going there, so you can compare and be more knowledgeable of the place.

Prefer to cover all the above between 11 am and 5 pm with a break for lunch. All the temples and caves close by 6 pm so plan your visit. One day visit is enough to visit all the above mentioned. If you want to take a day off to relax then keep 2 day visit.

We had lunch at Delhi Dhaba (open Hotel Tamil nadu). Food was very good but very expensive. Overall a good pleasure trip to relax and wonder why, who and how were these structures built 1200 years back during the Pallava dynasty.

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Subrata Paul

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  • Subrata Paul
  • Lives in Raipur
  • 3 Reviews
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"Fantastic place with awesome sea"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 23, 2017
Fantastic. We visited Mahabalipuram with our family. We stayed at mamalla inn. Good restaurants, bus stand, beach at nearby. Sea was awesome. But don't try to take a sea Bath. It is dangerous. We saw the sunrise. It was mind blowing. Food is also cheap. There are many shops room by Rajasthanies.
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