The historical town of Mahabalipuram lies on the Coramandel belt of Tamil Nadu and is located about 60 km from Chennai. The city where the Pallavas once ruled offer travellers a scenic vistas of the city.
It has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the presence of these historical monuments. Apart from blue seas and silver sands, its architectural marvels are the main highlights that attract travellers from across the globe.
Mahabalipuram has many tourists attractions that include the Krishna Mandapam, the Five Rathas, the Varaha Mandapam and the Shore Temple. The Mahabalipuram Beach is an ideal place for tourists to relax .
The Tiger Cave and Crocodile Bank serve as popular picnic spots for travellers visiting Mahabalipuram. Here is a guide to the historical city of Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu.
Varha Cave Temple
The entrance to the temple built with mandapa has several pillars and the walls inside have perfectly carved scenes from the Epics. The incarnation of Lord Vishnu as Varaha lifting his consort Bhudevi is the main attraction of the rock-cut marvel.
Stone sculpture of Vishnu at the temple
Photo Courtesy: Phaneesh N
Named after the Pandavas and Draupadi, Pancha Rathas are five monolithic pyramidal structures. Each structure resembles a chariot or ratha. Tourists can find carvings of many Gods and Demi Gods in these Rathas. These Rathas are also a World Heritage site and is regarded as a popular tourist attractions of Mahabalipuram.
The magnificent stone sculpture of the Rathas
Photo Courtesy: Sistak
The Shore Temple overlooks the picturesque Bay of Bengal and is built with granite blocks and regarded as an important tourists attraction. As one of the Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, it has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. It is one of the oldest rock-cut temples of South India.
A picturesque view of the temple overlooking Bay of Bengal
Photo Courtesy: J'ram DJ
The Tiger Cave, five kilometres from Mahabalipuram, is the ideal place for nature lovers and is also a favourite picnic spots among travellers. Travellers can laze around and enjoy a breath of fresh air here at the Tiger Cave. The Tiger Cave is considered to be one of the Mahabalipuram rock-cut temples constructed by the Pallavas in the 8th century AD. The tourist spot is maintained by Archaeological Survey of India.
Splendid rock-cut view of the cave
Photo Courtesy: Liji Jinaraj
How to reach Mahabalipuram
By Air: The Chennai International Airport is the closest airport to Mahabalipuram which is located at a distance of about 55 km. Taxis are easily available from the airport for travellers to reach the historical town of Mahabalipuram
By Train: The nearest railhead is Chengalpattu which is located at a distance of 28 km from Mahabalipuram. The major railway station to the town is Chennai and it is connected to the major cities of India.
By Road: Government and Private Buses ply regularly to Mahabalipuram from Chennai and also from major towns and cities of Tamil Nadu.