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A fascinating town with deep history and archaeological significance, famously known as Mahabalipuram was first named as Katalmalai- The land between the Mountain and Sea in Tamil.

In later time, Narasimha Varman of Pallava dynasty changed its name to Mamallapuram according to his title Mamalla (The Great Wrestler).

Sited on the Coromandel coast, Pallava dynasty built a seaport around the 7th and 10th century. It was the second capital for Kancheepuram rulers.

Shore temple facing the Bay of Bengal is dedicated to Lord Shiva & Vishnu. It was chiseled out of one rock from top down.

Lion monolith in the same temple complex extracts tourists in numbers.

Pancha rathas are the 5 monuments, resembling chariots. Each one is carved out of single stone named after the Pandavas and their wife Draupadi.

A tale from Mahabharata, where Arjuna worshipped Lord Shiva can be witnessed in detail through carvings on a stone tablet known as Arjuna’s penance.

Best Time to Visit-November to February
How to Reach-Nearest Airport – Chennai Airport (52km)
Nearest Railroad – Chengalpattu (22km)
Dive into the monolithic rock history of Mahabalipuram

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