Group of Monuments, Mamallapuram

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Group of Monuments, Mamallapuram
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About

Mamallapuram or Mahabalipuram, a historic town with stone monuments by the shore that capture everyone's imagination. Initially one of the capitals of the Pallava dynasty from the 3rd century to the 9th century, the town was a flourishing trade centre and seaport. Today rock murals and temples make Mahabalipuram a spot to get lost in time. From being a go-to for family road trips to being every history junkie's dream destination, it has seen it all.


There's everything from mandapas with beautiful sculptures of Goddess Durga, to temples with scenes from the Mahabharata. The Five Rathas are enormous chariots built out of a single rock and named after the five Pandavas. The world's biggest bas relief structures can be found at Arjuna's Penance, which depicts Arjuna praying to Shiva on one leg.


Around the group of monuments, you'll find long uninterrupted stretches of beach and cafes to unwind at. You'll find elegant stone souvenirs to take home from the monuments too! Be sure to visit the Crocodile Bank that's close by, a successful conservation project with rare species of reptiles and amphibians. There's also a cute seashell museum located nearby.

Things to see

  • Mamallapuram Shore Temple that overlooks the shore (surprise, surprise)
  • Arjuna's Penance
  • Pancha Rathas
  • Krishna's Butterball
  • Ganesha Ratha
  • Mamallapuram Dance Festival which happens during Dec - Jan, where world-renowned artists perform Bharatanatyam, Kathak and other classical dances in front of the magnificent sculptures

How to get there?

  • Nearest Airport : Chennai International Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station : Chengalpattu Railway Station
  • Nearest Bus Station :Mahabalipuram Bus Stand - Access buses to and from Pondicherry, Chennai and Kanchipuram

Venue

Group of Monuments, Mamallapuram

Group of Monuments, Mamallapuram, Fisherman Colony, Mahabalipuram, Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu, 603104

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