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Mamallapuram Lighthouse, Mahabalipuram

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Lighthouse Tourist Spot
Originally closed in 2001 during tensions between the country and insurgents, Mamallapuram Lighthouse has now opened to the public for exploration. The modern circular lighthouse (dating back to 1905) stands atop a rocky outcrop next to the country's oldest temple/beacon, built in 640 CE. Enter the lighthouse and climb its many stairs for spectacular views of the sea and the ancient temple carved into the rockface. Come prepared to climb and bring plenty of water. Put Mamallapuram Lighthouse and other Mahabalipuram attractions into our Mahabalipuram tour planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • The lighthouse offers spectacular views of Mahabalipuram, but it is very crowded and the queues can be very long... It is India's oldest lighthouse, built around 640 AD by Pallava king Mahendra Pallav...  more »
  • Light House, Successfully Completed 100 Years, From the top almost we can see half of the sea and half part of the mahabalipuram, Nice place for Family, Friends and Couples.  more »
  • It's very close to arujna penance so you can't ignore this place . Its photographer favorite place and you can get amazing view for sure , I would suggest to go evening time when lighthouse lights tur...  more »

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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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