An ancient town of Mahabalipuram's heritage dates back to 7th century. The Town has temples, beaches, cafes, bars and a chilled out vibe! Whether you are a history buff or not, Mahabalipuram is for everyone.
We traveled to Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry in February. Feb end to be precise.
However, I'd say try to go latest by January, as for the month of Feb it was pretty hot ! by 9AM in the morning it used to be really hot. If you travel anytime after Jan, make sure you carry enough sunblock, big hats or caps or umbrellas.
Best time to travel : December to February.
You can either take a flight to Pondicherry ( this costs approx. 9-10K return) or take a flight to ( this costs on an average 5K for return) In-spite of it being a last minute travel, we got a decent airfare on the Indigo- Spice Combo.
Upon reaching Chennai we headed for #Mahabalipuram .
Now this, was not an initial plan. Mahabalipuram was my suggestion as I am a big fan of southern architecture and the beautiful temples.I had always wanted to visit Mahabalupuram and Kanchipuram (the list is quite long) So about few days before our trip, we changed the plan to one night in Mahabalipuram and two nights in Pondicherry.
Distance from Chennai : About 55kms – approx 1.5 hrs.
Approx cab fare : 2000 Rs.
Formerly called as Mamallapuram, it is a historic town in Tamilnadu. The town flourished under the reign of The Pallava Empire during 7th Century. The name of the city Mamallapuram comes from the Pallava King - Mamalla. It's a UNESCO World Heritage site. Some of the popular sites to visit when in Mahabalipuram are - Arjuna's penance, Panch Rathas, Krishna's Butterball and Shore temple.
Mahabalipuram can be visited en-route Pondicherry, if you are not a history buff. But those interested in art, history and culture need minimum one night stay in Mahabalipuram to bask in the glory of this ancient town.