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Mahabalipuram
Just 45 minutes out of the city, the East Coast Road first stops at the historic town of Mahabalipuram. The 7th century erstwhile port city is famous for its rock-cut shore temples. A lone lighthouse on a hill watches over a group of temples below. Mahabalipuram also has some great cafes that serve good sea food. A backpacker’s delight, one can find cheap accommodations and plenty of activities.

All things to do » Things to do

Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Many interesting rock-cut temples and giant open-air reliefs from the 7th and 8th centuries.
Attraction type: Ancient Ruins; Sacred & Religious Sites
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Arjuna's Penance
Arjuna's Penance
This bas-relief with life-size images from a mythical story adorns a huge rock.
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Pancha Rathas
Pancha Rathas
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings; Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Sea Shore Temple
Sea Shore Temple
Attraction type: Ancient Ruins; Sacred & Religious Sites; Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Krishna's Butter Ball
Krishna's Butter Ball
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Babu's Cafe
Babu's Cafe
Price: $2 - $8
Cuisines: Indian, Cafe, Seafood, European, Asian
Good for: Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
L'attitude 49
L'attitude 49
Price: $8 - $14
Cuisines: Indian, Seafood, Asian, Chinese, International
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Buffet, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff
Le Yogi
Le Yogi
Cuisines: Indian, Seafood, Asian
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Hotel Guru
Hotel Guru
Cuisines: Indian, Asian
Good for: Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Gecko Cafe
Gecko Cafe
Price: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Indian, Seafood, Asian
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Rajalakshmi Guesthouse
Rajalakshmi Guesthouse
$10 - $23
Ranked #2 of 30 Mahabalipuram B&B and Inns
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Silver Moon Guest House
Silver Moon Guest House
$10 - $14
Ranked #3 of 30 Mahabalipuram B&B and Inns
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Sri Harul Guesthouse
Sri Harul Guesthouse
$9 - $19 (₹600 - ₹1,200)
Ranked #4 of 30 Mahabalipuram B&B and Inns

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Butterball Bed N Breakfast
Butterball Bed N Breakfast
$26 - $31 (₹1,700 - ₹2,000)
Ranked #5 of 30 Mahabalipuram B&B and Inns
Daphne Hotel
Daphne Hotel
$13 - $29
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Dancing Waves Resort
Dancing Waves Resort
$20 - $60
Ranked #7 of 30 Mahabalipuram B&B and Inns

All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort
5.0 of 5
InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort
$114 - $195
Ranked #1 of 27 Hotels in Mahabalipuram
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Grande Bay Resort and Spa
4.0 of 5
Grande Bay Resort and Spa
$92 - $163 (₹5,952 - ₹10,545)
Ranked #2 of 27 Hotels in Mahabalipuram
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Radisson BLU Resort Temple Bay Mamallapuram
4.5 of 5
Radisson BLU Resort Temple Bay Mamallapuram
$120 - $512 (₹7,763 - ₹33,124)
Ranked #3 of 27 Hotels in Mahabalipuram
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