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“Impressive monuments”

Monuments at Mahabalipuram
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Owner description: Many interesting rock-cut temples and giant open-air reliefs from the 7th and 8th centuries.
Singapore, Singapore
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“Impressive monuments”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

I recently visited Mahabalipuram when on a visit to Chennai and was very impressed with all the monuments there. Krishna's Butter Ball was amazing as were the Pancha Rathas and Shore Temple. Near the Shore Temple, the guide we hired showed us a small temple of sorts that was said to have emerged following the tsunami! The detailed carvings in the complex were indeed impressive. Definitely worth a day trip from Chennai and easily doable.

Visited March 2013
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“A collection of world class sites”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

The monuments confirm again the fantastic mastery in stone cutting and rock sculpting of ancient India.
It is less grandiose than Ellora but more gracious and equally interesting

Visited March 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Unheard of”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

We had no idea about Mamallapuram until our hotel guide drove us here. Stunning monuments, still blown away by the fact that the majority are monolithic structures. Paid for a decent guide, but watch out for the tourist traps and the fact that the guides will try to upsell.

Visited March 2013
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Metuchen, New Jersey
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“Historically Significant Monuments in need of better care & maintenance.”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

These monuments at Mahabalipuram or "Mahabs" as locals call it are from between 600 and 900 AD. The monuments are about 20 Kms south of Tiruvanmiyur in Chennai. The Shore temple is weathered by the winds and rain, but has stood the test of time very well. A lot of the detailing on the sculptures closer to the sea has been lost because of strong coastal winds.

The visitors to these monuments are allowed to get close, infact too close to the monuments, touching them, sitting on the sculptures and also vandalizing them by scribbling names in many cases. The tourists must be held back at a reasonable distance from the monuments and not be allowed to touch the sculptures. There is a carved rock-face which stands out as the main attraction of this town, it is called "Arjuna's Penance". It is definitely worth a visit. The only thing that worries is that kids and grown-ups alike, walk around the monument with complete disregard for the sheer age of the monument and the fact that it needs to be preserved. They step on carved sculptures, touch them, run around the rock face. It is just out of control and I hope the authorities do something about this, immediately.

Visited January 2013
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“Shore town of the Chola dynasty”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

The large size of the monuments and the efforts expended in carving the rocks to make them.Fortunately the Government has started to take measures to prevent the erosion of the stone monuments by wind and sand

Visited February 2013
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