Mahabalipuram still holds on to its ancient history. The different styles of temple architecture is worth witnessing. It takes only 2-3 days to explore whole Mahabalipuram. Here is a short description of the place.
Mahabalipuram, situated in the coromandal coast facing the Bay of Bengal, is a town in Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu. This place got its name from the demon king of Hindu mythology Mahabali who was killed by Lord Vishnu. Mahabalipuram is an elegant place to watch. In the 7th and 10th centuries when it was under the rule of Pallava dynasty, it was a sea port. Mahabalipuram is also known as Mamallapuram. It is about 60 km away from Chennai.
Mahabalipuram is an attractive tourist spot and is known for its culture and tradition, historical monuments, sculptures and scenic beauty. Being a famous tourist attraction and just 60 km from Chennai, the place is visited by a lot of tourists and hence Mahabalipuram hotels are open throughout the year for accommodations.
The beautiful and unique sculpture of Mahabalipuram reflects the talent of the past. The innovative architecture made the monuments of Mahabalipuram the UNESCO world heritage site. The collections of stone carving and uncut rock architect seem like an open museum. Mahabalipuram has a strong mythological background blended with the history of India. Even the 2004's Tsunami has exposed few submerged temples and it has added a new layer to the history of this place. It is hard to believe that the whole temple is carved out of a giant rock. This artistic town has many tourist attractions. The list of places to visit in Mahabalipuram is quite long. But here is a list of some must visit places:
Mahabalipuram Beach: A good place to visit for the adventure seeker, this golden sand beach is very beautiful site and offers motor boating. Spending an afternoon walking in this beach will be the memorable part of your trip. Plus, the famous Shore Temple is also located here.
Shore Temple: A world heritage, Shore Temple is one of the India’s oldest structural stone temples. It is a five-storied temple and the whole temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is built in the Dravidian style of architecture.
Pancha Rathas: Standing stone shrine Pancha Rathas is dedicated to Pancha Pandava of Mahabharata. This place is very interesting and the structure is a rock-cut architecture. It is approximately 2 km away from the Shore temple.
Arjuna’s Penance: 96 feet long and 43 feet wide, huge, and an open-air relief, it is one of the World Heritage sites. This structure is a blend of two mythological stories - one is the flowing of river Ganga and another is Arjuna’s Penance in Mahabalipuram. It is situated almost 1.2 km North from Pancha Rathas.
Thirukadalmallai: This temple is dedicated to two avatars of Lord Vishnu- Narashima and Sthalasayana. It is one of the 108 Vishnu temples. This temple is situated just beside Arjuna’s Penance.
Mahabalipuram is full of temples and if you feel that you want to take a break from temple tour, then Agumbe Rainforest Research Station is a good option. Amidst the lush flora and fauna, this research station was established in 2005. Even the world’s largest venomous King Cobra was right here. Another place that is will nudge your curiosity and is full of mythological tales is Krishna’s butter ball. A huge boulder is resting in same place for centuries, it hasn’t moved despite many efforts in the past. Well, photographers can experiment shooting from different angle.
The best month to visit the place are February, March, October, November and December. Local attractions can be visited at any time of the day; it will take 2-3 days to explore all the tourist attractions of Mahabalipuram. The city is full of ancient and historic accounts which is witnessed by tourists every year. Mahabalipuram hotels are spread across the city. Visitors throng here to visit the temples of different era. Hotels are always available but it is recommended to book rooms before visiting the place. Visitors can also opt for Mahabalipuram holiday packages.
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