Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) located close to Chennai is on the shores of
Bay of Bengal, along the eastern coast. The city is named after the Pallava
king Narasimha Varman. Magnificent rock carvings, monolithic sculptures, the
Shore Temple all sum up to make Mahabalipuram a marvellous city. The city
prides itself on being a part of the golden triangle of the southern India.
This place boasts of various historical monuments built during the reign of
the Pallava kings who gave origin to Dravidian architecture. This great
place possesses forty monuments of different types including an 'open air
bas relief' which is said to be the largest in the world. The architectural
splendours of Mahabalipuram depict the art and culture prevailing here.
Quick Facts Location : 58 kms from Chennai (Tamil Nadu) Area : 8 sq km Trip Highlights : Shore Temple & Arjuna's Penance Ideal time to visit : November - March Languages : Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, English & Hindi STD Code : 04113 Festival : Dance Festival (Held in December) Climate : Summer (Max - 35ºC) & Winter (Max - 25 ºC)
Mahabalipuram Air/Rail/Road Links
The nearest airport from Mahabalipuram is
Chennai(madras) which is located around 60 kms away. The airport has
regular connecting flights to all the key destinations of the country
and the world.
Railway Station :
The nearest railway station is Chengalapttu, which is
located 29 km from Mahabalipuram. Trains for Chennai and many other
cities in South India are available from here.
Bus Station :
Mahabalipuram is connected by road to Chennai,
Kanchipuram and Pondicherry.
Attractions in Mahabalipuram Arjunas Penance
impressive and eye catching bas relief is believed to be the largest in the
world. The surface of this bas relief is 29m by 13m and it houses
approximately one hundred figures of Gods, sages, semi divine beings, huge
elephants and other animals.
The Shore Temple
This temple is situated at the very margin of Bay of Bengal. The temple is
dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The enclosing wall of temple has a
series of Nandi Bulls on it.
The Five Rathas
Five Rathas include the Dharamaraja, The Bhima, The Arjuna, The Draupadi and
The Sahadeva. These are five monolithic temples each created in a unique
style. Also known as Panch Pandava Rathas, these are actually the precursors
of south Indian temples.
Located 4 km north of the main monument complex, it is an open theatre,
where cultural programmes are held. It is a very peaceful place.
Centres in Mahabalipuram
Shopping in Mahabalipuram gives a tremendous opportunity to collect
memorabilia, gifts and souvenirs to take back home for friends and family.
Shopping comprises of stone sculptures, jewellery and decorative items made
up of sea shells, cane objects, wood carvings and idols of gods and
goddesses on soap stone. You can buy all these from
Famous Hotels in
Conforming to the very high standards, we offer you a wide choice of
accommodation. Being the most important tourist destination in India, there
are hundreds of hotels located in all parts of the city. There are a number
of luxurious hotels that will suit your budget: