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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Where to stay in Mahabalipuram

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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  • Just walk across and appreciate the carvings of that era on stones. The town is very small and all the areas of interest are withing walking distance  more »
  • 1. It's good place to go with family and spend 2-3 hr. 2. It's amazing place, kept it very nicely by concern dept. 3. It's our heritage site and can be informative to our kids.  more »
  • Suggest to visit in winters, only Problem is that the sun is too high in May, monuments and other stuffs are good, also one advise, no need to take any separate guide, everything is there on Google, t...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.