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. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Mahabalipuram on a bespoke touring itinerary to India, take a look at our tailor-made holiday planning section.