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Mahabalipuram Tourism

Here Is Some Tips To Know When To Visit Mahabalipuram, The warm, relatively dry months of Dec–Feb are a common time to visit Mahabalipuram’s ancient temples and monuments. Temperatures are high year-round, but the monsoon can bring heavy rain Jun–Nov. The annual Mamallapuram Dance Festival (Dec–Jan or Jan–Feb) features traditional dance performances. Pongal (Jan/Feb), a harvest festival, is a major celebration in the town.


Mamallapuram, or Mahabalipuram, is a town on a strip of land between the Bay of Bengal and the Great Salt Lake, in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It’s known for its temples and monuments built by the Pallava dynasty in the 7th and 8th centuries. The seafront Shore Temple comprises 3 ornate granite shrines. Krishna’s Butter Ball is a massive boulder balanced on a small hill near the Ganesha Ratha stone temple.
The Pancha Rathas are a group of temples intricately carved from single rocks. Arjuna’s Penance, also known as the “Descent of the Ganges,” is a huge relief carving depicting an episode from the Mahabharata epic, with animals and gods. Mamallapuram is also home to several rock-carved cave temples, including the 7th-century hilltop Varaha Cave. The Government College of Architecture and Sculpture includes a museum documenting rock architecture in India. Farther north, Tiger Cave is believed to have hosted cultural events centuries ago.

Sightseeing Points In Mahabalipuram

Elite Itinerary Mahabalipuram The Shore Temple

The Shore Temple (built in 700–728 AD) is so named because it overlooks the shore of the Bay of Bengal. It is a structural temple, built with blocks of granite, dating from the 8th century AD. At the time of its creation, the site was a busy port during the reign of Narasimhavarman II of the Pallava dynasty. 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 structural (versus rock-cut) stone temples of South India.

Elite Itinerary Mahabalipuram Pancha Rathas

Pancha Rathas is an example of monolithic Indian rock-cut architecture. The complex was carved during the reign of King Narasimhavarman ‘I’ the idea of realising monolithic buildings, an innovation in Indian architecture, is attributed to this ruler. The complex is under the auspices of the Archaeological Survey of India and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site inscribed by UNESCO as Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram. Each of the five monuments in the Pancha Rathas complex resembles a chariot, and each is carved over a single, long stone or monolith, of granite which slopes in north-south direction with a slight incline. The structures are named after the Pancha Pandavas and their common wife Draupadi, of epic Mahabharata fame.

Elite Itinerary Mahabalipuram Descent Of Ganges

Descent of the Ganges is a monument on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. Measuring 96 by 43 feet, it is a giant open-air rock relief carved on two monolithic rock boulders. The legend depicted in the relief is the story of the descent of the sacred river Ganges to earth from the heavens led by Bhagiratha. The waters of the Ganges are believed to possess supernatural powers. The descent of the Ganges and Arjuna’s Penance are portrayed in stone at the Pallava heritage site. The relief is more of a canvas of Indian rock cut sculpture at its best not seen anywhere in India. It is one of the Group of Monuments that were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984.

Elite Itinerary Mahabalipuram Group of Monuments

The Group of Monuments is a collection of 7th- and 8th-century CE religious monuments and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site has 40 ancient monuments and Hindu temples, including one of the largest open-air rock reliefs in the world the Descent of the Ganges or Arjuna’s Penance. The group contains several categories of monuments: ratha temples with monolithic processional chariots, mandapa viharas with narratives from the Mahabharata and Shaivic, Shakti and Vaishna inscriptions in a number of Indian languages and scripts.

Elite Itinerary Mahabalipuram Varaha Cave Temple

Varaha Cave Temple is a rock-cut cave temple which is part of the hill top village, 4 kilometres to the north of the main Mahabalipuram sites of rathas and the Shore Temple. It is an example of Indian rock-cut architecture dating from the late 7th century. The temple is one of the finest testimonial to the ancient Vishwakarma Sthapathis, of rock-cut cave architecture, out of many such caves also called mandapas. Part of the Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, the temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as inscribed in 1984 under criteria i, ii, iii and iv. The most prominent sculpture in the cave is that of Lord Vishnu in the reincarnated form of a Varaha or boar lifting Bhudevi, the mother earth goddess from the sea.

Elite Itinerary Mahabalipuram Krishna's Butter Ball

Krishna’s Butterball is a gigantic granite boulder resting on a short incline in the historical coastal resort town of Mamallapuram. Since it is part of the Group of Monuments at Mamallapuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built during 7th- and 8th-century CE as Hindu religious monuments by the Pallava dynasty, it is a popular tourist attraction. It is listed as a protected national monument by the Archeological Survey of India. It is best viewed at sunrise from northwest to southeast or at sundown from northeast to southwest when the panorama is bathed in magical golden hues. 

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Sthalasayana Perumal Temple is Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th–9th centuries AD. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Sthalasayana Perumal and his consort Lakshmi as Nilamangai Thayar. The temple is believed to have been built by Pallavas, with later contributions from Medieval Cholas, Vijayanagar kings and Madurai Nayaks. 

Elite Itinerary Mahabalipuram Krishna Mandapam

Krishna Mandapam Is Part Of The Group Of Monuments At Mahabalipuram, A UNESCO World Heritage Site Inscribed In 1984. It Is Located On A Hillock Next To The Open Rock Relief Of Descent Of The Ganges. It Is Constituted By An Originally Open-Air Bas-Relief Dedicated To Lord Krishna, Dating To The Mid-Seventh Century, Which Was Later Enclosed Within A Mandapa In The 16th Century During The Vijayanagara Empire. Notable Carvings Inside Are Sculpted Panels That Bring Out The Story Of Krishna Lifting The Govardhan Hill To Protect The Cowherds And Gopis From Heavy Rains And Floods.

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FAQs About Mahabalipuram

Men are expected to wear a dhoti, a traditional long lower garment, or pyjama (two-piece garment) with upper cloth or formal shirts and trousers. Women are expected to wear sarees or half sarees with blouse, churidhars (light loose trousers) with upper cloth. Children should wear fully-covered dress.

The best time to visit Mahabalipuram is during the winters, from the months of November to February. During this time, days are pleasant while the nights are cool.

“Worth seeing” Review of Mahabalipuram. … The monuments of Mamallapuram are excellent specimen of Dravidian temple architecture and Pallava art. Although considered a tourist destination, it’s fairly quiet place to be around.

King Narasimhavarman I The city of Mamallapuram was founded by the Pallava King Narasimhavarman I in the 7th century AD. The mandapa or pavilions and the rathas or shrines shaped as temple chariots are hewn from the granite rock face, while the famed Shore Temple, erected half a century later, is built from dressed stone.

Lord Vishnu A bit away from Mahabalipuram, there is on the coast, the Shore Temple housing the Sthala Sayana (meaning the deity of the Sthala (site) who is in Shayanam (or lying) posture. That temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Mahabalipuram is one of the oldest cities in India. Present day, it is known for its great monuments, cave sanctuaries and sculptures. … Mahabalipuram is famous for its vast beach, monoliths, stone carvings and temples.

Mahabalipuram is one of the oldest cities in India. Present day, it is known for its great monuments, cave sanctuaries and sculptures. A monument complex at Mahabalipuram, known as the Group of Monuments, with all its rock art and relief sculptures, is a UNESCO world site.

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