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Home :: India Destination :: Tamil Nadu :: Mahabalipuram
Mahabalipuram

Overview
Shore TempleMahabalipuram, located in the state of Tamil Nadu, is a town appealing to both tourists and pilgrims alike. It is located at a distance of 60 km from Chennai, the state capital. The one-time capital city of the Pallava dynasty, Mahabalipuram has some of the most brilliant pieces of history to offer. The city with its beaches and the stunning rock-cut architecture turns out to be an irresistible destination for tourists. The biggest attraction in the town, however, is the Shore Temple. Apart from that the Mahabalipuram Dance Festival, held between January and February, is a big draw for tourists from all over.

Climate & Best Time
The town of Mahabalipuram has a hot and humid type of climate. The summer temperature touches a usual high of 35 degrees centigrade and never comes below 19 degrees. The town receives a good amount of rainfall from June to August increasing the humidity all the more. The ideal time for tourists to make a trip here is between the months of October and March.

Places to Visit
Mahabalipuram delights its visitors with a number of mythological sites. Here, you will come to witness some fine examples showcasing the brilliance of the Dravidian styles of architecture.

» Shore Temple
One of the ancient in the southern part of India, the Shore Temple is one of the biggest attractions for visitors to Mahabalipuram. Its history dates back to the 8th century AD. The structure of the temple marks the first phase of flourishing Dravidian style of architecture.

» Arjuna's Penance
Having the eminence of being the largest bas relief sculpture in the world, the rock carved structure is named after Arjuna, the legendary hero of the Hindu epic Mahabharata. The sculpture represents Arjuna's penance to attain a blessing from Lord Shiva.

» Five Rathas
Five Rathas - MahabalipuramAlso referred to as the Pancha Pandava Rathas, these monolithic temples command appreciation as they have been carved out of a single piece of rock.

» Mahabalipuram Beach
This beach lies along the coastline of the state of Tamil Nadu. Tourists come here to sunbathe and relax amid peaceful ambiance. Pilgrims can also been seen taking bath here.

Stay Options
Travellers and holidaymakers have good options of stay at Mahabalipuram. Hotel Golden Sun & Beach Resort is much popular with tourists for its professional services and congenial ambiance. Other hotels include Sterling Mahabalipuram and Ideal Resorts.

Getting There
Just at a distance of 58 km from Chennai, Mahabalipuram is easily accessible from different parts of the country. The international airport of Chennai has connecting flights to all the major destinations of the world and the country. Chengalpattu, 29 km away, is the closest railhead. Chennai, however, is the convenient and major railway station with trains from all over India. Through road routes, Mahabalipuram is linked with places like Chennai, Chengalapattu, Pondicherry, Kanchipuram and other cities and towns of the state.




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