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“Mahabalipuram UNESCO World Heritage Site”

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.
Reviewed March 26, 2016

Well worth a trip from Chennai. After getting out from the city, it only took about an hour to get to the site. Situated in a historic antic town near India's Bay of Bengal, there are multiple impressive rock-cut and monolithic monuments and temples. Especially interesting multiple elephant and other creatures carved in granite and a famous Descent of the Ganges. Local guides are waiting at the entrance and IMO worth hiring one of them to hear stories with local flavor.

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Reviewed March 26, 2016

It is an amazing place where one can see how the Pallava kings built temples out of sheer granite rocks. The 5 rathas contains many unfinished sculptures including full temples, an elephant, a lion etc. One can see how the workers must have sculpted out sheer granite to create these monuments, from the partly finished works. There is a great learning there.

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Reviewed March 23, 2016

It is well worth a visit , the carvings are incredible , it made all the difference having a personal guide

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Reviewed March 21, 2016

Definitely one of the most famous archeological sites in all of India. We had an excellent guide who gave us details but mostly,for semi-informed tourists from Europe,just wandering around the carved rocks forming freestanding animals or small temples was an experience in itself. We were one of only two tour groups who weren't Indian. Unforgettable.

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Reviewed March 19, 2016 via mobile

The monuments of mahabalipuram are ancient Indian sculptures dating back to 8th century A.D. well preserved historical sights and one of the UNESCO world heritage sights It's totally worth a visit.

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