Mahabalipuram Tourism, Tamil Nadu

Mahabalipuram Tourism

About Mahabalipuram - Tamil Nadu Tourism

Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram, is a 7th century coastal town located about 60 km from Chennai. Mahabalipuram is a UNESCO world heritage tourism site, which has various historical monuments dating back to the period between 7th to 9th centuries. Mahabalipuram is a very popular travel destination in Tamil Nadu, due to its proximity to Chennai. The city is perfect weekend retreat with multiple rock cut monolithic monuments located in close proximity to sea. 

Mahabalipuram’s name originated from Mamallapuram, where ‘mamall’ means excellent wrestler and was a name offered to King Narasimha Varman I. The rock cut monuments of Mahabalipuram stand as live example to the early stages of Dravidian architecture showing the skills of sculptors from ancient times. Mahabalipuram is a perfect treat for tourists with its long stretches of sea coast and some of the amazing carved granite structures with Dravidian architecture. The rock cut monuments provide a wide array of places to visit for tourists starting from cave temples, chariots cut from monolithic rock, and sculpted temples. Some of the popular tourist attractions in Mahabalipuram are Five Rathas, Arjuna Penance, Mahabalipuram Caves, Shore temple, Varaha Cave and Tiger Cave

Thousands of travellers visit Mahabalipuram come here to attend the famous Mamallapuram dance festival, which is conducted every year during Dec-Jan. The dance festival is a month long festival and dances take place during the weekends. Classical dances such as Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, Mohini Attam, Odissi, Kathak etc., are performed by well-known artists.

   
   
   
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