For those who don't know, Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram is a historic city and UNESCO World Heritage site in Tamil Nadu, India. It's 60kms from chennai central. After finishing my work in Chennai, I planned my one day visit to Mahabalipuram.
HOW I REACHED MAHABALIPURAM**
Starting from Chennai Central Station at 5 am, I took a city bus to Thiruvanmayur (bus No. 21 or A1). Bus will be available just outside the Station. Bus fare from Chennai Central to Thiruvanmayur will be approx Rs 25.
After reaching to Thiruvanmayur, I had my breakfast and moved towards ECR BUS STOP, which is walking distance from Thiruvanmayur bus depot.
ECR bus are government busses run by PRTC. There are few MTC busses too for Mahabalipuram (bus no. 588). ECR bus fare was Rs 50/- and it will drop you at Mahabalipuram bypass which is 800 mtr before Mahabalipuram bus stand.
HOW I STARTED MY DAY**
Since it was very early I decided to go to beach and see the rising Sun. Remember there is two beach in Mahabalipuram, one is beside SeaShore Temple and other one is in Fisherman Colony. My recommendations is go to the fishermen colony beach because Mahabalipuram beach near sea shore might be crowded on peak seasons.