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Mahabalipuram Attractions: What to do & Places to Visit in Mahabalipuram
"The Shore temple is highly visible from Mahabalipuram beach as it stands at the southern end overlooking the sea. It is accessed through many street traders, which is interesting, and through large open garden areas consisting mainly of grassed lawns. The temple itself stands looking across the sea ..."and its location has lead it to be worn down by the sea air. It is a good little temple but many of the carvings are losing their defined shape but is still worth a visit. Take the overall ticket to see the rest of the sights in Mahabalipuram rather than just the Shore Temple as you get in here as part of the larger package. Its worth visiting and an experience coming through the stalls and peddlars when you leave but after two weeks in India we had seen many better structures which had not suffered the weather battering this one undoubtedly gets from its location.
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"This small collection of rock carvings are located in the same 'park' area as Krishna's Butterball and the Arjuna Penance carvings and so is easily accessed and viewed in a small area which is all free. They are dedicated to three Hindu gods and as there are a number of sights in the vicinity are wo..."rth seeing. It amazes you that such beautiful sculpturing from the 7th century is still intact and so impressive well over a 1,300 years later. It's a small sight but worth a visit.
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"The place is in pretty good shape. The area around the temple is surrounded with lots of shops and beach stalls and is very dirty, but the temple premises itself is very clean. We got there early in the hopes of getting some photographs at sunrise. The site is supposed to open at 6AM, but the person..." selling he tickets got there 15 minutes late. Note that they do not allow the use of tripods without prior permission. Parking is quite disorganized though. Ticket bought here is also valid for entrance to the nearby "Pancha Pandava Rathas" site if used on the same day.
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