Top 6 Places to visit in Mahabalipuram

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Home to UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples, dreamy sunsets and spiritually-uplifting energy, Mahabalipuram is perhaps one of the most visited places in Tamil Nadu. Locally known as Mamallapuram, this was once the capital of the Pallava Empire. From exciting water sports to classic statuettes, the place is a delight for voyagers. Feel the shore underneath your feet at the Mahabalipuram beach and indulge in some super fun beach activities such as wind surfing and sea diving. The temples here have a special feature in common, they are built in the form of chariots with open air sanctoriums. The Shore Temple, standing strong like a marvellous rock-cut stone and overlooking the sea is known as the last creation of the Pallava kings. Another wonder in Mahabalipuram is the Panch Rathas, the five monuments that were etched out of a single rock in the 7th century. Pack your travel bags to explore the incredible Indian history by discovering the ageless stories of temples and their incredible architecture. You can get a bus from Koyembedu in Chennai or Pondicherry.

Pancha Rathas - Mahabalipuram

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.
Pancha Rathas is a collection of five monolithic pyramidal structures named after the five Pandavas and Draupadi. An interesting aspect of the rathas is that, despite their sizes they are not assembled – each of these is carved from one single large piece of stone. In order of their size, they include the Dharmaraja Ratha, Bhima Ratha, Arjuna Ratha, Nakula Sahadeva Ratha, and Draupadi Ratha.
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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)

Mahabalipuram Shore Temple - Mahabalipuram

The ruins of the Temple transport you back to the ancient times. With the sea and sand as the backdrop, the place is just amazing.
Subhraleena Deka

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Arjuna's Penance - Mahabalipuram

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'.
This is my personal favorite. The Descent of the Ganges or Arjuna's Penance is a giant open-air bas relief carved of two monolithic rock boulders. It features Arjuna, the heroic warrior of the Mahabharata who had qualms about the fratricidal battle he was due to fight. It also depicts the legend of the descent of the sacred river Ganges to earth from the heavens while being watched by scores of gods, goddesses, mythical figurines of Kinnara, Gandharva, Apsara, Gana, Nagas, and also wild and domestic animals, all admiringly looking up at the scene. The total number of carvings is probably about 146. The carvings of elephants on the open air bas-relief is almost life-size and is reported as the best animal carving in India. Ensure that you ask your guide about each and every carving depicted there.
Mahuya Paul

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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

Hotel Mamallaa Heritage - Mahabalipuram

This beach hotel is located in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu.
Thought of adding this because we had lunch at this hotel and all of us liked it a lot. Great value for money. Good service. Good choice of food. Separate vegetarian restaurant.
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Krishna's Butter Ball - Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram is a place known for its natural rock formations and this is also one of those. This is a very interesting formation and is a huge balancing rock. The name is such because it seems like a dollop of butter. According to legends and tales, the baby Lord Krishna had an ever lasting quench for butter. For this he would often steal from his mother's kitchen and this rock also seems to be one of those dollops which he would have stolen during his childhood. This place is never very crowded and the shady rock is ideal for an afternoon nap or as a background for some interesting clicks.
This is a massive natural rock boulder in a shape of a huge ball, precariously balanced on a smooth slope. Known as Krishna’s butterball, this colossal boulder, which is about five meters in diameter, is perilously resting at an angle of 45 degrees. We spent 15 mins here only to take clever pictures trying to hold the butter ball in our hands or balance it like Atlas on our shoulders.
Mahuya Paul

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Things to do
site- seeing, photography
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Budget
Free

Tiger Cave - Mahabalipuram

Huge rock structures protruding out of the earth. Fascinating architecture is reflected on the Tigers carved in the rocks.
Sreeharsha Poluru

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