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Mamallapuram, also known as Mahabalipuram, is a town in Kancheepuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is around 60 km south from the city of Chennai. It is an ancient historic town and was a bustling seaport during the time of Periplus (1st century CE) and Ptolemy (140 CE). Ancient Indian traders who went to countries of South East Asia sailed from the seaport of Mahabalipuram. By the 7th century it was a port city of South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas. It has a group of sanctuaries, which was carved out of rock along the Coromandel coast in the 7th and 8th centuries: rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air rock reliefs such as the famous Descent of the Ganges, and the Shore Temple, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva. The Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has an average elevation of 12 metres (39 feet). The modern city of Mahabalipuram was established by the British Raj in 1827.


Is Mahabalipuram in India on your travel bucket list? This online travel guide is all you need to have before planning your trip. After your splendid visit to Mahabalipuram, you can proceed to an important near-by city of Puducherry. Puducherry is bestowed with interesting set of attractions like Vivekananda House And Museum, Marina Beach, Fort St George. Also, to reach Mahabalipuram, you'll have to take a flight to Puducherry; so its not really a detour. And even if it is, the city is worth paying at least a quick visit. Popular vacation packages of Mahabalipuram are of 1-2 days.

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  • Save 21% Surfing in Mamallapuram - Excursion
    Surfing in Mamallapuram - Excursion

    Duration: 1 Hrs

    We have one of the most popular surf shops put up on the vibrant beach shores of Mamallapuram for a breathtaking surfing expe...

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  • Save 20% History Walk in Mamallapuram - Excursion
    History Walk in Mamallapuram - Excursion

    Duration: 1 Days

    Embark on a spectacular walk through some of historic landscapes in search of the richest stories from our past. This 7th Cen...

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  • Save 21% Country Boat Ride, Mamallapuram - Excursion
    Country Boat Ride, Mamallapuram - Excursion

    Duration: 45 Mins

    Take a ride on the traditional fisherman’s boat into the sea, the undulating water and the challenge of making it over ...

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  • Save 21% Study Yoga in Mamallapuram - Excursion
    Study Yoga in Mamallapuram - Excursion

    Duration: 1 Hrs

    Gift yourself this Yoga class to spend your holidays relaxing and healing your body. These activities are specially designed ...

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Facts and Stats for Mahabalipuram*

  • Living in Mahabalipuram - Quality of Life

    • Climate Index 53.74 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 72.22 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 6.67 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Mahabalipuram

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Mahabalipuram

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.01 USD
    • International Movie per seat 2.07 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 17.76 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 39.21 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 28.6 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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