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Also known as Mahabalipuram, it is a town in the Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu. And is about 60kms from Chennai

The Shore Temple - Maamallapuram

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, this complex is made up of one large and two small temples. These were built during the the 8th Century AD during the time of King Narasimhavarmana II. This place during that time was an important port and a center for trade and business activities. This is known as the Shore Temple Complex as this is very close to the sea and a part of the coastal area on the banks of the Bay of Bengal. People who visit this place make sure to take a dip in the sea before worshipping here.
One of the oldest temples in South India, this scenic temple stands on the shore of the Bay of Bengal, enclosed by a row of bulls carved out of rock. It is listed as a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India and has shrines dedicated to Hindu Gods, Vishnu and Shiva.
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The trademark location of Mahabalipuram, make sure you click yourself beside it.
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Best time to visit
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Things to do
worship
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Budget
Indians- INR 10 (Includes entry to Pancha Rathas), Foreigners- INR 250 (including entry to Pancha Rathas)

Pancha Rathas - Maamallapuram

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.
These are 5 monolithic temples, each created in different styles. It is also known as Pancha Pandava Rathas
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Best time to visit
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Things to do
history tours, photography
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Budget
Indians- INR 10 (includes entry to Shore Temple), Foreigners- INR 250 (includes entry to Shore Temple)

Krishna Mandapam - Maamallapuram

The cave temples of Mahabalipuram are a prime attraction here and is also a UNESCO Heritage Site. This is a group of cave temples which were built many years ago and now fall under the category of historic monuments. The Krishna Mandapam is one among these and also the largest of all. This is dedicated to Lord Krishna who is extremely revered by the local people and also is the hero of the most of the legends popular here. As you enter the temple you wilk still find it beautifully decorated with the carvings of the various incidents of Krishna's life. The strong adulthood of Lord Krishna is what is focussed on more. The most attractive incident carved is when the Lord lifted the whole Govardhana Mountain to save the people from heavy rains.
This sculpture depicts Krishna as the protector of all living things and epitomes rural bliss.
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Best time to visit
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Things to do
history tours, photography
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Budget
Free

Arjuna's Penance - Maamallapuram

This is the World's largest bas- relief and is a stone carved group opf monuments with more than 100 types of sculptures of gods, goddesses, birds, animals and other such figures. It is said that this is the place in which Arjuna from mahabharata practiced very hard penance in the prayer of Lord Shiva. This was to please the lord who could bless him with the divine bow with which he would later kill the kauravas. This is the reason this place is called as Arjuna's Penance. Also, once Bhagiratha Sage stood on one leg and prayed to the lord continuously so that he could change the course of the River Ganga and send it here. he was later blessed and he River Ganga started flowing here. This is why this place is also caled as the 'Descent of the Ganges'.
The pride of Mahabalipuram, it is the world’s largest bas-relief measuring 27m*9m. This huge whaleback shaped rock has carvings which are said to represent creation itself.
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Best time to visit
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Things to do
history tours, photography
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Budget
Free

Krishnas Butter Ball - Maamallapuram

As we have heard a lot of stories about gods and goddesses, the tales about Lord Krishna are the most popular. We have been hearing the stories of the sweet baby Krishna who was very naughty and loved butter. He would always steal from his mother's kitchen and share it with his friends too. This balancing rock in Mahabaleshwar is also refrerred to as a dollop of butter Lord Krishna would have stolen during his childhood. Not a very croewded place you can come here for picnics or just to spend time on a lazy afternoon.
This has to be the most mind blowing rock you will ever see! This is a single boulder rock resting on a small rocky base. Even the tsunami and 7 elephants could ‘not move it an inch!
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