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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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  • Monuments at Mahabalipuram are very nice.. particularly Stone work on the body of monuments.... There are few small caves which have beautiful stone works.. Don't forget to carry water bottle, hat and...  more »
  • Nice place has discovered... These sculptures in the rock... Mixed with the colors of the Indian fabric... Young couples in the shade... Site related...
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  • In the large stone coat that is here are all kinds of carved images. To a complete one-piece Stone Temple that has been cut down. Nice to see. There are various official (?) guides around that, of course, for a fee, you store with all kinds of facts and names. Our guide had to his entire story in just over half an hour because the Park was closed at 18:00 o'clock. The bigger the group, the longer it will take, of course. Nice, but after an hour I had seen. The widespread street vendors try again, all kinds of things, especially from SOAP stone (? 0 carved elephants and miniatures of the abovementioned Temple and boxes to wear off. And once you buy one, they think that you could use more for family, friends, etc. 300rs for my fist great openwork elephant in which the holes clear partly with a drill machine made. Mass production for the tourist. Within walking distance of the shops, the hotels, B&B's and the beach.
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  • I love Mahabalipuram! The ancient sculptured rocks take me back into primitive era.. I can spend hours and hours here.. The place also has a beach at walkable distance (what else can someone ask for?). All the attractions span within a radius of 1km from the heart of the town (near bus stop). Beware of auto drivers who would insist you to take their services by paying about Rs.350. Since the place is small, they wouldn't drive for more than 2-3kms, and for that, the amount they charge is too high! The place has decent eating joints (don't expect too much), and clean toilets (pan & use). This place is usually hot and humid, so don't forget to take your hat/cap and drink a lot of water.
  • Good Historic Place .. Takes us back to the old Century.. The shore temple is very nice .. Well maintained.. Parking is a big issue in the Shore Temple as it gets too crowded especially during weekends and holidays
  • You can visit this place a lot of times it won't stop amazing you even in your "n"th atempt. True man made wonder!!
  • very historical..temple view from the garden is soo nice...on the way dont miss crocodile park visit..
  • Great place to seat and relax u also have the Krishna's butterball near it that lots of good head to sit on