Mahabalipuram is one of the must-visit destinations from Chennai for a day trip. This place also announced the heritage site of Tamil Nadu by UNESCO. It was the second capital of the Pallava Kings of Kanchipuram. Mahabalipuram is and the primeval historical town was ado port between Pallava kings in the 7th century AD. As specified by legend it has named after the demon king Mahabali who eminent for his kindness. Also, some said that the name Mahabalipuram comes after the Pallava King Narasimha Verma I, a great wrestler along with the title Mamalla.
Tourists visit this place to see historical monuments, sculptures, scenic beauty, culture, and tradition. The art of this place can be divided into four categories: Open Air bas-relief, Structured Temples, Man-made Caves and Rathas (chariot temples). Tourists visit this place to see historical monuments, sculptures, scenic beauty, culture, and tradition. The art of this place can be divided into four categories: Open Air bas-relief, Structured Temples, Man-made Caves and Rathas (chariot temples). This place also one of the best places to visit in Tamil Nadu.
Attractions: Shore Temple, Arjuna’s Penance, Mandapams / Caves, Pancha Rathas, Mahabalipuram Beach, Krishna’s Butter Ball, Ganesha Ratha, Sculpture Museum, Tiger Caves, Sadras Beach Resort, etc…
Best Time to visit: October to March
Peak Season: November to February
How to Reach
- By Air: Closest airport to Mahabalipuram is the Chennai International Airport, and is situated at a distance of 54km.
- By Rail: The nearest railway station is at Chengalpattu, and it is located 29 km away.
- By Road: This is well connected via road to major cities of the state. Private and public buses are available, also hired vehicles are also available like cabs or taxis.
Popular Restaurants: Babu’s Cafe, L’attitude 49, Hotel Guru, The Wharf, Searock Restaurant, Fish and French Fries, Le Yogi, WelcomCafe Riva, The New Cafe, Nautilus, Waters Edge, Golden Palate, Johnny’s Corner Sea Food Restaurant, etc… Read more