Situated 55 kms from Chennai, Mahabalipuram is an important tourist
destination in India. Popularly known for its temple it attracts tourists
from across the world. Mahabali puram was second capital to the Pallava
dynasty which ruled from 650-893. Since the place gained prosperity during
fifth and eighth centuary, many temples were constructed to exhibit their
Mahabalipuram Temple with Tourist Attraction
» Shore temple :
The most beautiful Mahabalipuram Temples India
utilizing the Dravidian architecture to maximum. Initially there were seven
temples but only one has survived the relentless onslaught of waves. Built
in 7th centuary the temple houses three shrines- one of Vishnu and other two
of Shiva.The temple was built by Rajashima. This temple is listed in the
World Heritage Site and has placed Mahabalipuram as a unique destination on
the World Map.
» Arjuna Penace :
It is a huge rock structure measuring 80 x 30
feet depicting the penance of the Pandava Prince, Arjuna to obtain the
legendary arrow Pasupathastra from Lord Shiva. The structure is the largest
bas-relief structure in the world.
» Manadapams :
There are around eight Manadapams within the
vicinity of the Mahabalipuram. Most well known of the Manadapams are
Mahishasura and Krishna.
Mahabalipuram is easily accessible through air, rail and road.
» By Air :
The nearest airport is at Chennai (58 kms). Chennai
is well connected to all the major cities. International flights are also
» By Rail :
Chengalpattu (29 kms) and Chennai are the nearest
» By Road :
State run buses and private taxis are available.
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