Sea Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram

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An exploration of Sea Shore Temple, a World Heritage Site, allows you to see how a historic trade junction became a place of worship. As you approach this 8th-century temple, notice how the site's outdoor pavilions were carved in granite rock. Dravidian architecture at its best, the shrine serves as both a popular tourist attraction and a major pilgrimage site, known for its many elaborate sculptures depicting various Hindu deities. Take a look at our Mahabalipuram trip itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Sea Shore Temple and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • I wonder the craftsmanship and beauty of this man made wonder, standing as an example of the ancient people’s mastery of architecture. Standing by a sea shore, guys.. I’m suggesting you to plan a Full...  more »
  • You have to buy a day ticket which covers the Sea Shore Temple and the 5 Rathas. It costs 500 rupees (about £6) for foreigners and 30 rupees for locals. The path down to the temple and the temple itse...  more »
  • A splendid historical site, beautifully located on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. Visit to preferably early in the morning.
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  • Very lovely place. This ancient temple has stood the test of time. It is magnificent. One of the major tourist attractions in India.
  • This is one of the oldest Dravidian temple existing now! Its maintained by UNESCO so naturally its very clean and worth a visit. There is no rituals being done in the temple. This place would get boiling hot during summer time and during noon hours so if possible avoid those times. Wear plenty of sun protection and take lot of fluid before you get in. There are paid toilet facilities inside the gate. Big photography opportunity.
  • Amazing place. Clean and nicely maintained. You can feel that the place has stood the test of time
  • These are world heritage monuments well preserved by Indian Archeology department. This monument is once a temple built in Dravidian style and now no worship is carried out. This is located just beside the sea shore. Summers are usually hot around this area so prepare accordingly.
  • Very historical site. Read the inscriptions to appreciate the age of these surviving ruins. Monolithic sculptures all around this town

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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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