Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram is one of the ancient historic town and very attractive tourist places in Tamilnadu, India. This was a Seventh Century Port city of the South Indian Dynasty of the Pallavas around 60 KM south from Chennai in Tamilnadu, India. It is believed to have been named after the Pallava King Mamalla. There are large Cave temples, Chariots, Sculptures and structural Temples in Mahabalipuram. The pillars are of the Dravidian order. The sculptures are excellent examples of Pallava art. It has various historic monuments, mostly rock-cut and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
|Stone Art Carving|
|Lion - Stone sculpture|
|Elephant - Stone carving|
Weather: Winter (Nov to Feb) is the good time to visit Mahabalipuram. Though it’s raining sometimes, this is the best time to visit comparing to hot summer weather (March to May). The minimum temperature during winter is 16°C and maximum temperature in summer is 42°C making it very hot and difficult to go out in summer.
Language spoken: Tamil and English are widely known languages in Mahabalipuram.
How To Reach Mahabalipuram: Chennai is the nearest Metro city for Mahabalipuram. It has well connected road along Bay of Bengal coastal.
Air: Chennai (60-km) is the nearest airport with both domestic and international terminus. Chennai is connected with all the major places in India through the numerous domestic flights. International flights operate from various parts of the World to Chennai. From Airport, take road to reach Mahabalipuram.
Road: Buses are available from Pondicherry, Kanchipuram, Chengalpattu and Chennai to Mahabalipuram. The travel in the Bay of Bengal coastal road from Chennai to Mahabalipuram is a pleasant experience. Tourists can also hire a taxi from Chennai.
By visiting this ancient town, one can enjoy the vacation and get to know the historic culture.