Know About splendid and eventful tour of World Heritage City Mahabalipuram – Tamil Nadu : Mahabalipuram Tour & Travel Guide

Ancient, Coromandel Coast, Bay of Bengal facing city Mahabalipuram is famous for its monuments constructed between the 7th and the 9th centuries and are included on the list of World Heritage sites of UNESCO. Monuments of Mahabalipuram are among the most visited sea shore temples of world and considered as the architecture wonders.

During Mahabharat era city was known as the land of Bali, from which present name Mahabalipuram is derived, and was under the rule of Pallava Kings [7th to 10th Century]  when these cave temples were constructed, which are one of best illustration for Indian Temple Sculpture.  These monument are one of the best illustration of  rock-cut and monolithic  Dravidian architecture. The present city which we visit was constructed in the year 1827.

Mahabalipuram is also hot tourist destination for its silver sand beach and water sports like boating, canoeing, kayaking, and windsurfing etc.

Though Mahabalipuram is just 60 odd Km away from the Chennai city and most of the tourist visit the city on the day tour but still Mahabalipuram hotels are place of quite comfortable stay and serves various food recipes.


Vital Tourist Information : Mahabalipuram

Location :
Mahabalipuram is situated 60 odd km away from the capital city Chennai [Madaras] in the Tamil Nadu state in the coromandel coastal area.


Near By City : Chennai


State : Tamil Nadu [India]


Famous as / For :
World Heritage Site - Water Sports - Beach Tour


Weather & Climate :
Mahabalipuram have tropical, hot and humid climate.


Temperature :
Summers : Max. 37°C Min. 22°C
Winters : Max. 32°C Min. 19°C


Best Time to Visit :
Being located close to sea Mahabalipuram is ideal to visit any time in year barring the monsoon months [July - September], however November to March is considered as the best time to visit city.


Spoken Languages :
Tamil - South Indian Languages - English - Hindi is spoken by selective class.


Dining / Food Facility :
Ideal place for sea food lovers which have option of choosing pre cooked fresh fish, prawns , crabs etc. Vegetarians have option of Indian or South Indian traditional food.


Shopping / Tour Souvenir :
Prime products of Mahabalipuram shopping are decorative items of wood craft and sea shells. Beautiful granite statues, replica of Mahabalipuram sculpture are highly popular among the foreign travelers.


Tourist Spots/Attraction :
Tourist Spots : Arjuna's Penance - Mahabalipuram Beach - Muttukadu - Varha Caves - Tiger Caves - Tirukkalikundram
Religious Places : World Heritage Site - Sea Shore Cave Temples


Interesting Information :
Mahabalipuram Tamil Nadu - Festivals / Celebrations :
City celebrated annual Mahabalipuram Dance Festival in the month of January for which renowned performers are invited to present their excellence.


How To Reach Mahabalipuram Tamil Nadu [India]


Train Journey / Nearest Railway Station :
Mahabalipuram is not on the train journey map of country. Nearest railway station is Chengalpattu, from where trains are available for Chennai and other Major cities.


Road Travel / Bus Route :
Mahabalipuram is well connected on road traveling. Hiring a tourist vehicle from Chennai for day journey of Mahabalipuram is affordable option.


Air Travel / Nearest Airport :
Chennai [60km] is the nearest airport for reaching Mahabalipuram by air travel.