Reaching Mahabalipuram without an airport or railway station doesn't pose any barrier to tourism in the temple city, making it an ideal outing destination during holidays from various nearby cities. What is the Nearest Airport to Mahabalipuram?
Mahabalipuram does not have an airport. Chennai Airport (52 kms) is the nearest airport to Mahabalipuram, which is well connected to all major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune and Kolkata. Taxi/cabs and buses are available from the airport to reach Mahabalipuram. What is the Nearest Railway Station to Mahabalipuram?
Chengalpattu (22 kms) is the nearest railway station. However, Chennai railhead (60 kms) is the nearest major station having trains to Mahabalipuram from major cities of India like Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. Taxi/cabs and buses are available from these stations to reach Mahabalipuram. How to Reach Mahabalipuram by Bus?
There are various buses to Mahabalipuramfrom the cities in and around the region through both Tamil Nadu Public Transport Services and private tourist buses (operating from Chennai Central). The city is well connected with Chennai through East Coast Road (ECR) and old Mahabalipuram Road. How to Reach Mahabalipuram by Road?
Roads to Mahabalipuram are well-maintained, surrounded by trees on both sides. Self-drive trips are great to explore the city with flexibility and freedom so as to enjoy sightseeing and attractions. The route has beautiful landscapes, tempting enough for you to stop and click photos/pictures or selfies. How to Reach Mahabalipuram by Cab/Taxi?
If you are not really in the mood to drive, there is always an option to book a cab or taxi to Mahabalipuram. You can easily get cabs through various travel agents available in places like Chennai, Bangalore, Pondicherry at reasonable tariff rates to visit Mahabalipuram. Routes to Mahabalipuram
Route from Chennai: Distancebetween Chennai and Mahabalipuram is about 56 kms and time taken to cover the distance is around 2 hours. There best route from Chennai to Mahabalipuram goes via Adyar, Palavakkam, Kovalam, Nemmeli and Pattipulam to Mahabalipuram.
Route from Bangalore:Mahabalipuram is located at a distance of about 346 kms from Bangalore and the time taken to complete the road journey is about 6-7 hours. There are two routes from Bangalore to Mahabalipuram. The first one goes via Hosur, Ambur, Vellore, Ranipet, Kanchipuram and Chengalpattu to Mahabalipuram. This is the fastest route and would take about 6 hours to reach. The second route goes via Kolar, Chittor, Ranipet, Kanchipuram and Chengalpattu to Mahabalipuram. This route would take about 7 hours to reach.
Route from Pondicherry:Distancebetween Pondicherry and Mahabalipuram is about 100 kms and time taken to cover the distance is around 2 hours. There are two routes from Pondicherry to Mahabalipuram. The first route goes via Mandavi, Kadalur, Kalpakkam to Mahabalipuram. This route would take about 2 hours to reach. The second route would take about 2 and half hours and goes via Tindivanam, Melmaruvathur and Tirukazhukundram to Mahabalipuram.