Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, Mahabalipuram

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Carved out of rock, Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram deserved their World Heritage designation as the world's biggest open-air rock relief. This complex of 40 odd temples dates back to the 7th and 8th centuries. See cave sanctuaries, temples shaped like chariots made of sandstone, and thousands of sculptures of Shiva. A masterpiece of Indian art, a bas-relief depicting the goddess Durga killing a buffalo-headed demon remains among the site's highlights. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Mahabalipuram holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • August 16, 2017
    There needs to be more information given in both Tamil and English. We would have liked to know history of different monuments. Nothing was given.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    The shore temples are beautiful and can be viewed from a distance when in Mahabalipuram. The carvings from a single stone amazes you at the skill set exhibited by people so many thousand years ago. Th...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    an incredible place not you it puerdas if these through the area. the village is very trankilo and recommendable. visit it
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  • June 17, 2017
    Nice place with rich heritage. A quick getaway from city. Reach early as possible as it can get really hot in the afternoon. Get umbrella and coolers. Pack your own food and water for picnic experience. Better and cleaner beach than marina. Have a great time.
  • June 13, 2017
    Nice place to visit once, place is historically important but the monuments are either half done by the pallava Kings or weather (read salt mixed winds from sea)has consumed the well built once. I personally like the ancient light tower. The city has lot and lot of stone carving shops. It has few decent restaurants as well. You can walk around the city not a big circuit.
  • July 10, 2017
    Well it has a vintage light house and the latest one as well. It has beautiful contrast of modern and old design. The light house has a very beautiful view and has a entry fee of INR 10
  • June 19, 2017
    Good place with great historical background. Visit if you're interested in history. Otherwise I recommend anyone to enjoy the beach instead of these monuments.
  • June 7, 2017
    Photographer s delight. Best time to visit will be before 9am or after 3pm. Be ready to walk a lot. Carry water, umberalla and sun glasses. Dress light as it can get very humid and sultry.

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Given the importance of its major attractions, Mahabalipuram offers a good number of accommodations across its main urban area. Thanks to the popularity of its coast, it has a large number of accommodations by the beach, too. Choose between the backpacker-friendly area around Othavadai Street, where budget hostels and boutiques provide the main options, and the massive resorts along the beach. Alternatively, Chennai lies just two hours away by bus, so many travelers choose to stay in the large city to the north and simply take day trips Mahabalipuram.
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