Mahabalipuram ( Mamallapuram)

Famous Tourist spot in Chennai

Mahabalipuram - mamallapuram
Location of Mahabalipuram 58 Km from Chennai

One of the Mahabalipuram specials is, Mahabalipuram is the Centre for Pallva's Art and culture.

Interesting informations about Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram is the second capital of Pallavas. Tourists are drawn to Mamallapuram by its miles of unspoiled beach and un-cut art. The carvings here are generally depicted god and goddesses.

History of Mahabalipuram

The temples of Mahabalipuram were built largely during the reigns of Narasimhavarman.All but one of the rathas from the from the first phase of Pallava architecture are based on the Buddhist vihars. Pallavan Mandapas traces the possible roots of the similar rock cut caves of Ajantha and Ellora.

Mahabalipuram Temples

There are two low hills in Mahabaipuram. There are eleven excavated temples, called Mandapas. There's a cutout temple out of a big rock standing free nearby there, called a "Ratha". This type is unique to Mamallapuram.

Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram

As Percy Brown puts its, 'a landmark by day and a beacon by night'.
It was designed to catch the first rays of rising sun and to illuminate the waters after dark. It ended up with an unusual layout.
The main temple faces the sea on the east, the gateway, the fore count and gathering hall of the temple all lie behind the workroom. The temple has holy place of both Shiva and Vishnu.

Important festival celebrated in Mahabalipuram is the dance festival held during the month of December.

How to reach Mahabalipuram,Chennai

How to reach Mahabalipuram by Air

Chennai Meenambakkam Airport(58km) is the nearest airport of Mahabalipuram. Chennai is connected with all the major places in India and international flights operate from various parts of the world to Chennai.

How to reach Mahabalipuram by train

Nearest railway stations of Mahabalipuram are chengalpattu and Chennai. From here you go through road to reach Mahabalipuram.

How to reach Mahabalipuram by Road

Daily Buses are available from Pondicherry, Kanchipuram, Chennai, Chengapattu to Mahabalipuram. Tourists can hire a taxi from Chennai.



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