Mahabalipuram Tourism

Mahabalipuram, a small coastal town in South India, is a place with a heart that beats for history, culture, and heritage. It is also known as Mamallapuram and is hardly 50 kilometers from the city of Chennai. With a history dating back to centuries, this town has a group of more than 40 monuments that have been declared as the UNESCO world heritage site. Be it the Shore Temple or the Tiger Cave, everything holds a significant place here. With a history steeped into the roots and temples, beaches dotting the land, Mahabalipuram offers a fascinating mix of glorious past and modern holiday destination.

But, it does not mean that this place is only for history buffs. This coastal town is proud to have one of the cleanest beaches in India. Mahabalipuram Beach will take your taste buds on a ride with its seafood stalls and get your adrenaline rushing with a number of water activities. There are several hills that surround Mamallapuram adding a natural charm and stunning views. It is hard to believe that a small town like this one can offer so many things for different types of travelers. But, that’s the thing about Mahabalipuram tourism - it has become a family-friendly destination with a plethora of things to do, places to explore, and activities to enjoy.

So, when it comes to exploring Mahabalipuram, you are bound to have fun. You can be a history buff, adventure lover, or someone who is looking to spend some leisurely time, this place is sure to amaze you with its charm!

Essential travel information and Mahabalipuram tips for your visit

  • Time zone: UTC+5:30 (IST)
  • Currency:  INR
  • Electricity and internet:  A voltage of 230 V and a frequency of 50 Hz is used in Mahabalipuram. Private internet service providers that offer good network connectivity are also plenty.  
  • Languages: Tamil, Hindi, and English
  • Tipping: Tipping is not compulsory, but is appreciated.

Emergency contact numbers:

  • Police: 100
  • Ambulance: 102 and 108
  • Fire control: 101
  • Coastal security helpline: 1093
  • How safe is Mahabalipuram for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Mahabalipuram.

    • Burglary and Theft 25 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 75 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 75 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 75 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 50 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 25 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 25 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 25 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 50 (Moderate)
    • Safety Index 51.47 (Moderate)
    • 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.

  • 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 2.12 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 22.94 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 43.42 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 25.41 USD

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