24 x 7 helpline: 00 91 987 357 9007
Read in Your Language : Russian Spanish French German Italian Portuguese Dutch
Golden Triangle India Tour PackagesPalaces of Rajasthan Tour PackageClassical North India Tour PackageEnchanting Kerala India Tour PackageCultural Rajasthan India Tour PackageColorful Heritage Rajasthan Tour Pacakge
Colorful Rajasthan Tour PackageKerala Beaches and Backwaters Tour PackageForts and Battlefields of Rajasthan Tour PackageKhajuraho Tour PackageKerala Ayurveda Tour PackageRajasthan with Goa Beaches Tour Package
Weekend Getaways Luxury Train Tours Short Breaks Honeymoon Tours Pilgrimage Tours Adventure Holidays Wildlife Holidays Cruises Ayurveda & Spa
Hotels & Resorts
Hill Stations Leisure Holidays Golden Triangle Tours India Honeymoon Tour Destinations

Mahabalipuram

Arjuna's Penance

Where Sculptures Galore


Declared by UNESCO as the World Heritage Site, Mahabalipuram is a great place to visit. It is a town in the Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu. Located at an elevation of 12 m, Mahabalipuram was the second capital of the Pallava kings of Kanchipuram. It is a beautiful sea-side village situated at a distance of 60 m from the capital city of Chennai.


Attractions Of Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram has earned international fame because of its architectural marvels which attract tourists from far and wide. The open air bas-relief, beautifully carved temples, man-made caves and monolithic Rathas (chariots carved from single boulders). Most of the the architectural establishments are rock-cut and monolithic, and belong to the period between the 7th and the 9th century.


Some of the must-see destinations in Mahabalipuram are:

  • Arjuna's Penance - Praising the Great Hindu Epic Mahabharata, Arjuna's Penance is a wonderful relief sculpture.
  • Varaha Cave Temple- A beautiful rock-cut temple built in the 7th century.
  • Descent Of The Ganges- A huge open-air relief
  • The Shore Temple- Ideally located on the Bay of Bengal, the Shore temple is a structural (of or pertaining to geological structure, of rock or strata.) temple. It is truly a mesmerizing structure.
  • Thirukadalmalli Temple - Famous for its architectural beauty, it is a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It was built by the Pallava king to conserve the sculptures from the sea.
  • Pancha Rathas (five Chariots) - These are the enchanting monolithic pyramidal structures, which derived their names from the Pandavas (Arjun, Bhima, Yudhishtra, Nakula and Sahadeva) and Draupadi. These structures are unique, as each of them has been carved out of a single piece of stone.

Best Time To Visit

From October to March


Languages Spoken

Tamil and English


Important Festival

The Dance Festival in  December


Climate

Summer Max. 36.6°C Min 21.1°C, Winter Max. 30.5°C Min 19.8°C.


How To Reach

By Air: Chennai Airport is the nearest airport, located at a distance of 60 km from Mahabalipuram. Regular flights connect Mahabalipuram to most of the cities of India.

By Rail: Chengalpattu is the nearest railway station located only 29 km from Mahabalipuram.

By Road: Mahabalipuram is well connected with the major South Indian destinations  such as Chennai, Tirukkalikundram, Kanchipuram and Pondicherry. Taxis are also available from Chennai.


Accommodation

A wide variety of accommodation options are available in Mahabalipuram ranging from budget to luxurious hotels. Numerous beach resorts are also available.


Shopping

Don't miss the famous stone and wooden sculptures of Mahabalipuram. The craftsmen of Mahabalipuram are perfect in designing beautiful decorative shopping items made of seashells. Visit the main shopping area on Mount Road in Mahabalipuram. Several Government Emporiums are also there.

 

 

Get Free Tour Quote

Travel Details (mandatory)
Your Name Your Email Your Country of Residence Your Phone Arrival Date

Tour Duration No. of Person(s) Destination Interested In

Tour Pre-requisites

Please mention your other travel requirements related to catering, accomodation and lifestyle needs.
It will help us to serve you better.
Specify Your Interest & Activities (optional)
Your Special Interests


Go India
Home|SOUTH INDIA|NORTH INDIA|NORTH EAST INDIA|WEST / CENTRAL INDIA| Tour Enquiry|Travel Tools|Contact Us|Sitemap|Articles|Add Link

Goa Tour | Kerala Tour | All India Tour Packages| Golden Triangle Tour

Copyright © 2016, www.incredibleindia-tourism.org
Recognized by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India

National Tourism AwardThe Travel Agents Association Of India, TAAIThe Indian Association of Tour Operators, IATOInternational Air Transport Association, IATAGovernment of India, Ministry of TourismIndian Mountaineering Foundation, IMFAdventure Tour Operators Association of IndiaISO-SMRAMERICAN SOCIETY OF TRAVEL AGENTS (ASTA)The Travel Agents Federation of India

Powered by SOFTTIX