Pancha Rathas, Mahabalipuram

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pancha Rathas, a monument complex filled with impressive monolithic Indian rock-cut architecture. Five seventh-century monoliths representing chariots stand in the complex, and you can walk into them like buildings. When you go, look for the Dharmaraja Ratha, a pyramidal structure adorned with elegant carvings. On its east side, the structure features Indra, the demigod of rain and storms. Elsewhere, find the huge monolithic sculpture of an elephant. Consider hiring a guide to escort you around the monuments and provide some historical background. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Pancha Rathas by using our Mahabalipuram trip generator.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Pancha Rathas are Five Rathas dedicated to the five Pandavas and Draupadi (Dharmaraja Ratha, Bheem Ratha, Arjuna Ratha, Nakul and Sahdev Ratha and Draupadi Ratha) by Narsimhavarman. Being constructed ...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Panch Rathas at Mahabalipuram have some terrific monolithic carvings in the name of Pandavas and Draupadi. Elegant and grandiose, they are a grand symbols of Old Indian architecture. Built by Pallavas...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The monuments are historical, the complex where they lie is clean and well maintained. Overall we liked the place.  more »
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  • July 12, 2017
    If you are an tourist you get know how sophisticated the humans were before several thousand years, a time were there no machinery. You can literally feel and imagine what would have happened inside those magnificent structures if you are a good imaginer. And if you are a local you can feel proud and come to know how great our ancestors were. Not recommended to go on summer due to the unbearable heat.
  • June 4, 2017
    Historic place. Without a paid local guide, odds are you return in few minutes after some selfies. Don't miss on other beach side temple and carvings. Light house is close by. Not enough boards with details on significance of each carvings, except a common history board
  • July 6, 2017
    Nice place to visit. There are lots of perfectly made statues we can see on the both sides of the road. Nice experience.
  • July 12, 2017
    Really well maintained and a must watch of you visit here. You'll get a historical feel looking at all the stuff here.
  • July 8, 2017
    A beautiful one day visit place with historical value to visit. Requires alot of walking and climbing if you really want to explore the beauty of the place, recommended for moderately fit people.

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