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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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  • I suggest to visit this place. It/s amazing to see so carving in so huge granit stone.. there are many big stones in this area  more »
  • Fantastic area near Ocean with magnificent temples,breathe taking. Very nice maintained and clean,beautiful park space around for contemplate.  more »
  • The monuments are a collection of archaeological artwork. The sense of humour of the artists is also clear to see from the depiction of a cat standing on one leg and performing penance in order to lur...  more »
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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