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Monuments at Mahabalipuram

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Many interesting rock-cut temples and giant open-air reliefs from the 7th and 8th centuries.
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Mahabalipuram, India
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Enough for single day trip. Wear the comport shoe, take a good camera, water bottle and umbrella in bag. No need transport. Start from decent of ganges at sun rise time (around 7 am) . After this go to krishna butter ball and nearby rock...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing when you realise they carved this site of multiple temples from one rock, from the top down... centuries ago!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I keep coming back here.... it's a must for any art and history lover! I have seen the carvings many times and will do again on my next visit!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank saralierni
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of my favourite vacation spot and i had been to this place 4 times.There are number of beautiful monuments which are scattered in large area.Arjuna' penance is the best carvings and there are number of caves like Ganesha Cave,Trimurthi Cave,Varaha Cave,Mahishsshura Mardini...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Bala S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful rock carvings , easy walking and great food must visit is shore temple , on the way living nurseryman dakshin charita is amazing, it has all houses of south India displayed with lot of art and crafts activities. You can have tea/ coffee inside...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited four temples all of which had different characters. One was immaculate, one run down, one very grand and the sandstone one beautifully located more out of town. Well worth the visits, very few westerners made the visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lagoon08
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The monuments at Mamallapuram or Mahabalipuram are a visual treat and a masterpiece of the Pallava art and architecture. Each of the carving reveals a story. This is a must-visit.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank AaqarshAiyyar
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

beautiful place you must visit at least once in your lifetime enjoyed it, highly recommended place..

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mohithparadise
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ancient historic town and by 7th century it was a port city of south indian dynasty of the Pallavas. Must see

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Gazaweya
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I along with my husband visited Mahabalipuram on 10th November. It's quite clean and peaceful place with full of artefact selling shops. Bargaining is a must. All the sculptures are beautiful. Especially arjuna's penance,panch rathas,and shore temple. Don't forget to see sea shell museum while...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Tridip H
May 27, 2018|
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Response from Debajyoti D | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can .... you can take bus from different place and visit that place......but need more information about that place....
November 30, 2017|
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Response from RRajawat | Reviewed this property |
No. You may have to buy 2-3 tickets for different monuments. But at 1 spot there is a combo ticket- 5 rathas. Yes in south India - Full dress for females- chudidar, slacks suits, saris skirts are required. Perfect time is... More
August 9, 2017|
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Response from anessexcouple | Reviewed this property |
No Try and make it to the top of the lighthouse... obviously not a monument... view is excellent. The small museum/display near the lighthouse make sure the interactive displays are working before payng
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Best hotel/place to stay for chennai attractions (15 Replies)
Hello, Which hotels are recommended close to all attractions and night life, hopefully walking distance and near a metro train stop if possible? I wish to see the following at the very least: Kapaleeshwarar Temple. Valluvar Kottam (monument), Mylapore Marina Beach *T Nager – shops, markets, bazzars* Note use Chennai metro rail Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram Ranganathan Street Electronics Shopping Ritchie Street *Visiting Anna Square* sculpture monument
June 07, 2015|
Response frommrajank|
Hi On your laundry list, the two outer boundaries within the city are The Marina to the East and T.Nagar to the West and they are just 8 to 10 Kms apart. So, you can possibly pick a midway point - Say Radhakrishna road for your stay. There are quite a list of hotels at this area and you can take a pick based on your budget (Maris, Woodlands, Savera, Clarion, Fortune, Palm Grove, Marriot, Ranjit to name a few). Alternatively, you can stay at T.Nagar (GRT, Residency, Accord, Raintree etc,...More
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Greetings and thank all that have participated in our plans Here is our Itinerary for after the monsoon 2017 INDIA FOR A MONTH Arrive Chennai (1 night) Chettinad palace Cab to Mahabalipuram (3 nights) Shore temple Ganesha Ratha Sthala Sayana Perumal Temple Karukathamman Temple Pancha Rathas Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram Fishermans Colony Cab to Tiruvannamalai (3 nights) Annamalaiyar Temple Arunachaleshwara Temple Cab to Puducherry (4 nights). Cab to...More
November 28, 2016|
Response frommrajank|
The itinerary is good and well spaced out. However my personal opinion is - it's kind of a 'Temple overload' . . . . . . I'd probably add a hill station and a wildlife sojourn to balance out this long plan. Regards Rajan