Characterised by the ancient temples and relics that pepper the landscape, Mahabalipuram is an open air museum, showcasing some of the most fascinating exhibits in South India. Originally known as Mamallapuram, this city has numerous UNSECO World Heritage listed structures and carvings that pique the curiosity and delight the eyes. With so much culture and history oozing from every street corner, it is certainly not hard to stay occupied for a few days here and you might even leave knowing a little more than you did before.Read More
One of the most popular sites in Mahabalipuram is the Shore Temple, which is situated on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. It is believed to be the only temple remaining from a set of seven that were originally built around 700 AD. Architecturally the temple is intriguing and it is also beautiful to walk through. The Pancha Rathas, a collection of five temples, are also awe-inspiring to behold due to their impressive size and intricate carvings.
When it comes to natural phenomena, Mahabalipuram is not lacking. Krishna's Butterball is a gigantic 16 foot rock that is mysteriously and precariously balanced on a slope. Despite many attempts from both humans and elephants to move this colossal boulder, it has not budged for over a millennium. Once you're done with wandering through the various monuments on offer here, it's time to head to Mahabalipuram's beautiful beach for some relaxing in the sun and maybe even a spot of surfing if you're feeling adventurous. Surfing lessons, boat trips and turtle spotting excursions are all available here.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Mahabalipuram
If you are planning a Mahabalipuram holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Chariot Beach Resort Mahabalipuram
The Chariot Beach is a beautiful resort set in tropical gardens. The rooms are all a good size and are simply but elegantly furnished. The restaurants offer a plethora of different dishes, carefully crafted by the team of chefs to tantalise the tastebuds and leave you thoroughly satisfied. Seafood and traditional Indian cuisine are just some of the options on offer. To complete the experience, visitors can pay a trip to the onsite spa and indulge in some revitalising treatments. The hotel is a 15 minute walk from the beach.
GRT Temple Bay Mahabalipuram
GRT Temple Bay is a pretty resort-style property on the beachfront. With immaculately maintained grounds the hotel is set back from the road. Some of the spacious rooms have a great view of the Shore Temple. Located on the northern edge of town, the hotel is only around 1 km from the centre of Mahabalipuram. You can also walk into town along the beach watching the local fishing boats. The hotel is fabulously located for making the most of everything Mahabalipuram has to offer.
Mahabalipuram Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Mahabalipuram.