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A complex of stone temples are all that remain of the eighth-century Pallava dynasty that once thrived at Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram), on the coast south of Chennai. Learn the history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, visit the charming town, and relax on a sandy stretch of shore—all accessible on a day trip from Chennai.

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Private Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

Private Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

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Mahabalipuram is an ancient port town known for its 6th-century rock-cut temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore exquisite stone statues on this exclusive city tour, which gives an in-depth overview of sites like the famous Five Rathas, a set of Dravidian rock temples, and the Sea Shore Temple, an 8th-century granite shrine facing the Bay of Bengal. Round out the day with visits to DakshinaChitra, a “living museum” dedicated to showcasing South Indian culture, and the Madras Crocodile Bank.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.60
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$45.60
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Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram in a day from Chennai with Guide & pick up drop

Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram in a day from Chennai with Guide & pick up drop

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Get a primer on Pallava-style architecture on this full-day private tour to Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram. Benefit from personal attention and the ability to travel at your own pace while visiting the Ekambareswar and Kailasanathar temples, then a local saree weaver. Moving on to the port of Mahabalipuram, see the Five Rathas, the shore temple, and Arjuna's Penance, learning about them through guided commentary.
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  • 13 hours
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$140.40
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$140.40
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An extraordinary - UNESCO Monuments Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

An extraordinary - UNESCO Monuments Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

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Travel by private, climate-controlled vehicle to Mahabalipuram, the seaside Tamil Nadu city famous for its UNESCO-listed rock-cut caves and monuments. See impressive, three-dimensional illustrations of the Mahabharata—India’s national epic—cut from colossal stones, and marvel at the ancient coastal Shore Temple. Tours include complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off in Chennai.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.32
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$94.32
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Full-Day Guided Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai with Lunch

Full-Day Guided Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai with Lunch

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Visit Mahabalipuram’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites on a private tour from Chennai that includes door-to-door transport, lunch, and all entrance fees. Travel by private car and spend the day exploring temples and a seashell museum in a scenic town, with a personal guide who will tailor the day to your interests.
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  • 7 hours
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$115.00
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$115.00
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Mahabalipuram day trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

Mahabalipuram day trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

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The coastal town of Mahabalipuram makes an ideal day trip from bustling Chennai, but organizing admission fees and transportation to explore independently takes up valuable sightseeing time. On this tour, reach Mahabalipuram in comfort by private vehicle—with entry fees and round-trip transportation from your Chennai hotel included. Explore the Cave temples and rock sculptures with your guide to lead the way, and gain insight into Mahabalipuram’s fascinating 7th-century history.
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  • 7 hours
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$122.67
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$122.67
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Historical Walking Tour in Mamallapuram

Historical Walking Tour in Mamallapuram

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Go behind the scenes in the history-filled coastal city of Mamallapuram on this guided walking tour. Learn the mythological legends behind UNESCO-listed attractions like Arjuna’s Penance and the Five Rathas, which are based on stories from India’s national epic, the Mahabharata. You’ll also get a peek at the Shore Temple, a seaside Vishnu and Shiva shrine built in a Dravidian style.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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$35.00

Archaeologist curated Mahabalipuram Trip

Archaeologist curated Mahabalipuram Trip

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- Young Archaeologist curation, Mesmerising narration, unheard stories, unseen places. - 4 Dimensional perspectives covering History, Archaeological, Architecture & Mythological - Visiting 7th Century Built monuments & temples – Rock-cut architecture, Shore temple, Lighthouse, - Walking around 2004 incident unearthed 2000 years old Subramaniya temple excavated site - Looking at wonders of nature – Krishna Butter Ball, Sea Shell Museum - Shopping seashells, stone sculptures and handicrafts
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.83
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$72.83
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Chennai day trip to Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram

Chennai day trip to Kanchipuram & Mahabalipuram

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Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram tour from Chennai is about the 8th century twin wonders of Pallava architecture. We will cover the magnificent temples of Ekambareswar & Kailashnath in Kanchipuram and then visit weavers of the famed Kanchipuram Silk Saree. After that we visit the ancient sea port of Mahabalipuram and visit the legendary rock cut structures lie Arjuna’s penance, Five Rathas and the iconic Shore temple which served literally as the beacon for sea farers from the 8th century onwards.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$144.00
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$144.00
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Mahabalipuram Temple and Beach Day Tour from Chennai

Mahabalipuram Temple and Beach Day Tour from Chennai

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A fun tour with a combination of temple run and refreshing beach. After exploring the temples and the Mahabalipuram beach, just relax at the beach and visit plenty of ancient temples which were carved out of large monoliths and an wonder of ancient Indian mastery over stone. Professional surfers can try surfing also as the waters are very rough, however it is on guests own endeavor and nothing to do with our tour.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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$39.52
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$39.52
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Online Live 1-Hour Guided Tour of Mahabalipuram World Heritage Site Near Chennai

Online Live 1-Hour Guided Tour of Mahabalipuram World Heritage Site Near Chennai

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Traveling and exploring new places need not stop during Covid times! The live online tour of 8th century world heritage site is an experience of Mahabalipuram, from the comfort of your home. Our guide will be at the venue and you will join the live and interactive tour via video call over phone. Over the next 1 hour we will travel back to the 8th century to marvel at the rock cut sculptures of Arjuna’s Penance, one of the largest bas-relief masterpieces in the world, the gravity defying Krishna’s Butterball and the magnificent Shore Temple. Since our guide will be at site, he will answer your questions and it will be an interactive tour.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.00
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$20.00
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2 Day Royal Enfield Motorcycle tour from Chennai to Pondicherry & Mahabalipuram

2 Day Royal Enfield Motorcycle tour from Chennai to Pondicherry & Mahabalipuram

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We ride along coast on Royal Enfield Classic Motorcycle to explore World Heritage site of rock cut monuments in Mahabalipuram and French heritage at Pondicherry. An escort rider ensures ease of navigation through the traffic.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$266.67
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$266.67

Top guide in mamallapuram

Top guide in mamallapuram

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Dear Travellers and backpackers this is Sankaran Kumar I am from India I live in Mamallapuram I work tourist guide 30 years my grandfather is tourist guide my father is tourist guide my family live in Mamallapuram more than 100 days my mother is to give rooms for all the traveller Sun backpackers and I learn different language prove that happiness and learn many different culture around the world people I love my work very much I love you help all the traveller you need my help I work as a tourist guide in Mamallapuram Pondicherry Tiruvannamalai Kodaikanal Munnar Kollimalai if you want visit very important culturally temple site seen for village culture meet local people site seen or you want to see only the matches very peaceful place you want to visit mountain or forest or Jungle I can help you out it's my pleasure to help you out find the best way to make your travel easy thank you very much sincere tour guide Sankaran Kumar learn lot of things in South India and Burn with guide
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  • 1 day 4 hours 15 minutes
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$57.54
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$57.54
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Motorcycle tour to Pondicherry as a day trip from Chennai

Motorcycle tour to Pondicherry as a day trip from Chennai

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The tour is conducted on a Royal Enfield Motorcycle which is the best way to explore these parts of India. An escort rider ensures ease of navigation through the traffic.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$138.67
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$138.67

Private Tour to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram from Chennai

Private Tour to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram from Chennai

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Expore the Pallavas Grand architectural masterpiece on this full day tour from Chennai. Kanchipuram is a spectacular temple city known as city of thousand temples which reflects the Glorious Traditions of South India with its noted temples. Then experience UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Mahabalipuram group of Monuments, which was carved out of rock along the Coromandel Coast in the 7th and 8th centuries rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air reliefs such as the famous Descent of the Ganges, and the Shore Temple, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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$70.27
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$70.27
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15 days culture tour of South India in private car & flight with guide & hotels

15 days culture tour of South India in private car & flight with guide & hotels

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In this South India tour over 15 days, guests will experience the unique culture of the 3 South Indian States of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. We will explore the architectural marvels built by patron Kings over the last 1000 years. We will also unravel the mysteries behind colourful rituals in magnificent temples. World heritage monuments of Mahabalipuram, Brihadeswar temple as well as Hampi will be the key highlights. The tour also includes a blissful 24 hours on a house boat in Kerala over the backwaters of the Arabian Sea!
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  • 15 days
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$2,613.34
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$2,613.34
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8 days Motorcycle tour from Chennai to Coromandel Coast on Royal Enfield

8 days Motorcycle tour from Chennai to Coromandel Coast on Royal Enfield

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India is best explored on a Royal Enfield motorcycle with its legendary thump. The tour is fully guided and comes with an escort rider to help you navigate through Indian traffic. Our escort rider is a cultural evangelist who will ensure you have an immersive cultural experience of India
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  • 8 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,472.00
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$1,472.00

Mahabalipuram Trip with Archaeologist

Mahabalipuram Trip with Archaeologist

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- Mesmerising narration by an young Archaeologist, unheard stories, unseen places. - Perspectives covering History, Archaeological, Architecture & Mythological - Visiting 7th Century Built monuments & temples – Rock-cut architecture, Shore temple, Lighthouse, - Walking around 2004 incident unearthed 2000 years old Subramaniya temple excavated site (Optional) - Looking at wonders of nature – Krishna Butter Ball, Sea Shell Museum (Optional) - Shopping seashells, stone sculptures and handicrafts
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$203.91
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$203.91
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Poetry in Stones - Day Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

Poetry in Stones - Day Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

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There is no reason or season to experiences the extraordinary sculptural creations of poetry in stone that stands testimony to the unique Dravidian architectural monuments at Mahabalipuram
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$67.02
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$67.02
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Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram in a day trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram in a day trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

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You can easily spend a full day exploring Kanchipuram and Mamallapuram's marvellous temples, caves and rock carvings. Most were carved from the rock during the 7th-century reign of Pallava king Narasimhavarman I, whose nickname Mamalla (Great Wrestler) gave the town its name. Official Archaeological Survey of India guides can be hired at sites.
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  • 12 hours
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$153.60
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$153.60
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Colonial Coromandal With Tranquebar Danish Quarter

Colonial Coromandal With Tranquebar Danish Quarter

This itinerary is a great mix of the East Coast in Tamilnadu with the colonial stories .Chennai has a great history for the British Colonialisation and Tranquebar tells about the Danish connection.The presence of Germans in Tranquebar is also significant .The first printing press in India was set up by the Germans in Tranquebar and Ziegenbalg House-A Museum on Intercultural Exchange tells a great story on the strong German presence in this area.To add a bit of local life and culture,we have beautifully handcrafted some nice story telling tours through Mahabalipuram,Kanchipuram and Kumbakonam etc.Tranquebar is still known for its great Danish style and influence.
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  • 12 days
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$1,866.67
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$1,866.67
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Pondicherry Thanjore & Trichy (5 Days)

Pondicherry Thanjore & Trichy (5 Days)

South India is noted as a “world-class temple destination” for a huge collection of temples of which many are UNESCO world heritage site. It’s profusely built stones figures carved and aesthetically designed temples are unique in their architectural brilliance and known for rich sources of religious teachings. In this tour you will visit the marvelous temples in Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Gangai Konda Cholapuram, Darasuram, Chidambaram, Thanjore & in Tricy along with Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry.
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  • 5 days
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$828.00
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$828.00
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Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry trip from Chennai with 01 Night Accommodation

Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry trip from Chennai with 01 Night Accommodation

This tour combines the coastal town of Mahabalipuram makes an ideal day trip from bustling Chennai, but organizing admission fees and transportation to explore independently takes up valuable sightseeing time and Gallic culture and history is alive and well in the old French colony of Pondicherry.
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  • 2 days
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$341.12
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$341.12
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6 Days - The best of Tamil Nadu South India

6 Days - The best of Tamil Nadu South India

Enjoy amazing 6 days tour of Tamil Nadu offering with pre-booked 03 stat accommodations and English speaking driver for all transfers & sightseeing as per tour program - A land of cultural and religious heritage, offers every chance to its tourists and pilgrims to be enchanted with the vast plethora of history and beauty that it has. It is a blend of both- the modern and the ancient, which makes Tamil Nadu a beautiful destination to explore and experience our past cultural heritage with all the amenities of the present. Tamil Nadu, a South Indian state, is famed for its Dravidian-style Hindu temples.
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  • 6 days
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$605.28
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$605.28

Jewel of South India, 4 days Royal Enfield Motorcycle tour from Chennai

Jewel of South India, 4 days Royal Enfield Motorcycle tour from Chennai

An escort rider who is also a cultural evangelist navigates the Indian traffic for you so you can enjoy the experience with peace of mind.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$528.00
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$528.00

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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) costs USD 20.00. Guided Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) tours start around USD 20.00 per person.
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