Pancha Rathas 1/undefined by Tripoto
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
history tours, photography
Indians- INR 10 (includes entry to Shore Temple), Foreigners- INR 250 (includes entry to Shore Temple)

Pancha Rathas

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and under the supervision of the Archeological Survey of India, this is a monument complex in the city of Mahabalipuram in the Kanchipuram District. This is a part of the Coromandel Coast on the Bay of Bengal. These are known as Pancha Rathas because each of the monuments are built in the shape of chariots or rathas. Each of these are monolitihic structures and are built of one granite block each. From beginning to end, these are the Dharmaraja ratha, Bhima Ratha, Arjuna Ratha, Nakula Sahadeva Ratha and Draupadi Ratha. These were built during the time of the Pallava Dynasty rulers Mahendravarman and his son Narasimhavarman I. These are often mistaken as temples but were never used for the purpose since these were never completed at all after the death of Narasimhavarman I. Also, this place has simply no relation with the Pandavas from Mahabharata. The names were given just to make the rathas prominent and sitinguishable.
Akash Bhatte
3. The Pancha Rathas @ 5:15PM, all the temples and sites are very close to each other. We had plan to see only 2 most important sites. Pancha Rathas and Shore Temple as we also had to catch up on Pondicherry on time. This is the site where PM Narendra Modi and President of China Xi JinPing met in Oct,2019