Another monument in the town is the Panch Rathas, an excellent example of Dravidian architecture. Unfortunately, it was closed that day. So, in the evening at around 5 pm, I boarded the bus back to Chennai.
How to get there: Mahabalipuram is 58 km from Chennai, where the nearest airport is also located. Regular buses and trains ply on the route. Once you're there, all monuments and temples are at a walking distance, though autos also ply in the city.
Weather: Weather is hot all year round. Though October and February have a bit cooler weather. Keeping yourself hydrated is recommended.
Where to stay: A number of hotels and resorts offer places to stay. Some are even right at the beach.
What to eat: Most restaurants serve both vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes. Restaurants near the beach can be easily found as well. Do try mango chilli from the local vendors once you're there.
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