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Mahabalipuram Tourism Overview

About Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram is a small town in Tamil Nadu, located on the coast of Bay of Bengal. The regional name of this town is Mamallapuram. It is an ancient town which used to be a seaport during 1st century CE. This place has been ruled by the dynasty of the Pallavas who have left their mark on this place with the ancient Shore Temple, caves and some other distinct sculptures. Except for the Shore Temple, all the structures have been carved out of rocks. This group of ancient constructions are a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The tourists visiting this town are sure to be transported into a historic era. The intricate details on carvings have begun to fade away, yet the thought of how these were carved out of rocks will leave one wondering. The landscape of Mahabalipuram is like a sea mountain, with a rocky terrain and small hills.


History of Mahabalipuram : The temples located here at Mahabalipuram were mostly constructed during the rule of famous ruler Narasimhavarman and the successor Rajasimhavarman. The pavilions, the shrines or rathas were hewn from granite rock. The famous Shore Temple is also located here at Mahabalipuram. According to the historian Percy Brown, the Pallavan Mandapas are quite similar to the rock-cut caves of Ellora and Ajanta. According to him, Narasimhavarman's after his victory over Pulakesin II (Chalukyan king) may have brought various artisans and sculptors back to Mahabalipuram as prisoners.
Climate : Temperature : Maximum 35.
Best Time To Visit : The time period between the months of October - March is the ideal time for visiting the place.
Population :

12,049 as recorded in 2001.

Languages :

The official language is Tamil.

Best Time to Visit :

December-March

Calling Code :

044


Climate & Geography

Mahabalipuram is a town in the Kanchipuram District. It is situated on the East Coast of India, on the shores of Bay of Bengal. This town has an elevation of 12 m and is at a distance of approximately 60km from state capital Chennai. The summers from April to June are very hot. Monsoon months are extremely humid and it rains heavily here. Winters are moderate and hence the best time to visit.



Transportation

The way to Mahabalipuram is best routed via Chennai.


Air: Travellers coming from greater distances can take a flight for Chennai which is around 60km away.

Rail: Chengalpattu, which is 29km away, has a railway station connected to major cities like Delhi and Mumbai.

Roadways: To reach Mahabalipuram one can take buses and taxis from Chennai. It’s a one hour drive from there and the road is well-maintained.

Local Transport: This small town can be covered on foot. Bikes are available on rent to move around.



Shopping & Entertainment

Tourists can buy small stone carvings from local souvenir shops. These sculptures are made by native artists of this town. This town not only offers for stone carvings to be bought but also gives an opportunity to learn the art. You can learn simple as well as complicated and intricate carvings.



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