Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Mahabalipuram – Must visit ancient historic town in Tamilnadu, India

Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram is one of the ancient historic places in Tamilnadu, India which attracts tourist from all over the World.
Mahabalipuram was a seventh century port city of the South Indian dynasty ruled by the Pallavas kingdom.  It’s located around 60 KM south of Chennai in Tamilnadu, India. It is believed that it has been named after the Pallava King ‘Mamalla’. There are many cave temples, chariots, sculptures and structural Temples in Mahabalipuram. The pillars are derived from the Dravidian culture. The sculptures are excellent examples of Pallava art. It has various historic monuments mostly rock-cut sculptures across the town. Mahabalipuram has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Rock stone sculpture

Important structures to see in Mahabalipuram:

  • Cave Temple
  • Elephant creatures
  • Varaha cave Temple
  • Pancha Rathas
  • Shore Temple



Winter (Nov to Feb) is the good time to visit Mahabalipuram. Though it’s raining sometimes, winter 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 language in Mahabalipuram.
Sea shore temple

How To Reach Mahabalipuram:

Chennai is the nearest metro city for Mahabalipuram. It is well connected by road along Bay of Bengal coastal.


Chennai (60-km) is the nearest airport with both domestic and international terminals. Chennai is well connected with most of the cities in India by domestic flights and trains. There are International flights operating from various parts of the World to Chennai. From Airport, it will take one hour to reach Mahabalipuram by road.


The nearest railway stations are Chengalpattu (29-km) and Chennai (60-km).


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 hire a taxi from Chennai, Chengalpet.

Accommodation in Mahabalipuram:

There are many hotels and resorts available in Mahabalipuram in all budgets to serve wide range of Tourists. Taj Fisherman's Cove, GRT Temple Bay, Mamalla Beach Resort, Quality Inn MGM Beach Resort, and Ideal Beach Resort are well known resorts in Mahabalipuram.


JoJo said...

I'm glad you post these pics because I won't be going there any time soon. lol

Valerie-Jael said...

This looks very beautiful. Thanks for introducing this great place to us. Valerie

Beauty Unearthly said...

Interesting post my dear, thank you for sharing :-)

Theresa Mahoney said...

It looks like an amazing place to visit. I do hope I will be able to go there some day.

A Cuban In London said...

Very interesting post. I have had food from Chennai. Love the spiciness of it.

Greetings from London.

Lux G. said...

They've got these really interesting architectures. Love how rich their culture and history is.

Lowcarb team member said...

Interesting to see and read this post and your earlier ones too.

All the best Jan

baili said...

Great architecture!
Thank you for sharing this amazing beauty of your city my friend!

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