Sea Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram

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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  • - Better than most of the other temples and caves in Mahabalipuram - Great location - Recommended to visit in winters (December to February)  more »
  • I remember many years ago that this beautiful temple was not valued, I was delighted to see that now and adequately fenced and believe it is well worth paying the entrance fee to contribute to the maintenance
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  • Avoid a pushy tour guide (who will hound you from the minute you leave your car) by reading up on the history before you arrive. The shore temple has a nice breeze and some shade early in the morning ...  more »
  • Good old historical place. We visited this place in December of 2016. There is a nominal entrance fees. Temple relics is well maintained. It gets crowded on long weekends though. There is a short walk to the actual temple from the parking area. Do not forget to carry sufficient water and an umbrella/hat. You can click great pictures in the evening during sunset provided you go there on a less crowded day. Overall the place is good but nothing special.
  • Wonderful location and architecture of temple. It's one of most visited places by foreigners and it must not be missed. We found some architecture student were taking reference of this temple. And even it touches the sea so that made it more beautiful. In addition we found paragliding in some lounge near by this temple so must visitable place in Chennai.
  • I love the environment. Its actually built some what far from ocean, but sea level raised and it is now a shore temple. You can see both Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva statues eroded by air of the sea. But very good historical sit.
  • A historical beauty. An old temple on a sea shore. Must visit. There's a minimal entry fee to enter the temple premises. This is different from the beach on either sides. The washrooms are clean inside the premises. Visit this place at around 6-7 am, after which it gets hot and sunny. Government is trying to restore stuff.. So you may occasionally see bamboo structures around the main temple. A nice place to get some cool pics. Outside the temple, there's enough parking space. But parking is at your own risk. Many food stalls offer you South indian breakfast, but forget about the hygiene.
  • A beach, cool breeze, lush green gardens and a spectacular architecture. Nothing more can be expected from this beautiful temple. It gives you that larger than life experience. Very well maintained as well. There are plenty of street shops leading to the beach nearby.

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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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