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. Work out when and for how long to visit Sea Shore Temple and other Mahabalipuram attractions using our handy Mahabalipuram family vacation planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Shore temple is one of the oldest and finest monolithic monuments in India. To carve a temple from a rock of this size in the 8th century makes this no less than a marvel. On the compound wall, bulls ...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    A good Pallava time temple near the beach, with a wide sea view. The depiction of Shiva, Parvathi and Skanda with Visnu and Brahma in the background is very interesting facade. The numerous Nandis in ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The shore temple is indeed beautiful. The complex around it has been developed in a nice way. The views from the temple are unparallel. A must visit when in Mahabalipuram  more »
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  • July 1, 2017
    Very lovely place. This ancient temple has stood the test of time. It is magnificent. One of the major tourist attractions in India.
  • January 29, 2017
    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.
  • July 12, 2017
    Amazing place. Clean and nicely maintained. You can feel that the place has stood the test of time
  • April 26, 2017
    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.
  • June 25, 2017
    Very historical site. Read the inscriptions to appreciate the age of these surviving ruins. Monolithic sculptures all around this town

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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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