Top Tourist Places To Visit in Mahabalipuram

Top Tourist Places To Visit in Mahabalipuram

  • Mahabalipuram
  • Tamil Nadu
  • India
  • 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.
  • Population

    12,049 as recorded in 2001.

  • Best Time To Visit
    The time period between the months of October - March is the ideal time for visiting the place.
  • Languages

    The official language is Tamil.

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Mahabalipuram Overview

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.

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.


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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Frequently Asked Questions
  • How Many Days Should I Plan for Mahabalipuram Trip?
    It is recommended to plan for 2-3 days to explore all the major attractions in Mahabalipuram.
  • What is the nearest major airport or train station for Mahabalipuram?
    The nearest major airport for Mahabalipuram is Chennai International Airport, which is about 55 km away. The nearest train station is Chengalpattu Junction, located about 30 km away.
  • What are the primary transportation options for reaching Mahabalipuram?
    The primary transportation options for reaching Mahabalipuram are by road through buses or taxis from nearby cities like Chennai or by hired cars.
  • Are there any special events or festivals in Mahabalipuram?
    The Mamallapuram Dance Festival, held in December and January, is a special event showcasing classical dance performances in Mahabalipuram.
  • What are the top tourist attractions in Mahabalipuram?
    The top tourist attractions in Mahabalipuram include the Shore Temple, Pancha Rathas, Krishna's Butter Ball, and Arjuna's Penance.
  • What are some must-try local dishes and restaurants in Mahabalipuram?
    Some must-try local dishes in Mahabalipuram include seafood delicacies like prawn curry and fish fry. Top restaurants include Moonrakers and Santana.
  • What types of accommodations are available in Mahabalipuram?
    Mahabalipuram offers a range of accommodations including luxury hotels, budget guesthouses, and beach resorts.
  • Are there any public transportation available in Mahabalipuram?
    Yes, there are public buses available for transportation within Mahabalipuram and to nearby cities.
  • What are the transportation options available in Mahabalipuram?
    The transportation options in Mahabalipuram include taxis, auto-rickshaws, and rented bicycles for local travel.
  • What is the primary language spoken in Mahabalipuram?
    The primary language spoken in Mahabalipuram is Tamil.
  • What is the best time to visit Mahabalipuram?
    The best time to visit Mahabalipuram is between November and February, when the weather is pleasant and ideal for outdoor activities.
  • What activities can be done in Mahabalipuram?
    Some activities to do in Mahabalipuram include exploring ancient temples, visiting the beach, indulging in watersports, and shopping for local handicrafts and souvenirs.
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