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Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram)
Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram)

Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram)

Shore Temple Rd, India

The Basics

Escape the bustle of Chennai on an easy day trip to visit the town of Mahabalipuram and its ruins. The Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram’s most iconic landmark, consists of two intricately carved towers standing watch over the Bay of Bengal. The nearby Panch Pandava Rathas, five stone shrines each carved from a single piece of rock, clearly display the astounding talent of the ancient stonemasons who built them.

Expand your understanding of the site by booking a guided tour; many groups include round-trip transportation from Chennai. To get a broader perspective on the region, join a tour through Tamil Nadu state—most include stops at Mahabalipuram and nearby Pondicherry.

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Full-Day Guided Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai with Lunch
Full-Day Guided Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai with Lunch
$115.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great experience
Lovely tour with Kannan and local tour guide. Would recommend!! The drive was pleasant and the sites were exquisite.
Suma_C, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Chennai

star-4
great tour
Christine_B, Feb 2020
Private Tour to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram from Chennai
very interesting tout, we saw a lot of temples, very helpful driver, if you have to do this on your one, you can never see this in one day
star-5
We enjoyed our tour.
shibagakimasaaki, Jan 2020
Private Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai
We enjoyed ourselves very much. Our driver was very kind and after we visit Mahabalipuram he took us to a seafood restaurant near the beach where we enjoyed fresh and very good fish and shrimps.
star-5
Arjuna's Penance
Nadeem_R, Jan 2020
Private Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai
the tour is perfect a day trip to Mahabalipuram, its well planned and just the right duration. the driver was polite and helpful, although he was not an official guide, but he was knowledgeable and helped me understand the history of each site.
star-5
Great tour with fabulous guides and lunch
Kazuko_N, Nov 2019
Mahabalipuram day trip from Chennai by Wonder tours
This tour took me many attractive places and fantastic experience to see. The guide Rajeah (and also local guide John) as well as the driver were kind and great. World heritage near the sea was gorgeous, indeed, "Butrer Ball" is really amazing. The restaurant we went for lunch is where former US President dined before, very beautiful and good taste. South India is very interesting,
star-5
Wonder tours is wonderful.
Amy H, Nov 2019
Mahabalipuram day trip from Chennai by Wonder tours
This tour was wonderful. The driver and guides were knowledgable. Got to see the Crocodile bank too.
star-5
Temples and Reptile Center
Elizabeth_D, Mar 2020
An extraordinary - UNESCO Monuments Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai
Very glad we took this tour! This was my second tour with Ranjith and we arrived at Croc Bank just as it opened and enjoyed seeing all the reptiles. We had the option of hiring a guide to the temples for 1700 rupees and it was well worth it to learn about the many deities and their reincarnations as well as the discovery of some of them after 2004 tsunami and restoration process. We were fortunate to visit one temple on the eve of a big celebration and see the preparations as well as receive a blessing. We overlooked the beach for lunch and the fresh seafood was perfect. We spent about 20 minutes shopping, no pressure, Would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Great tour!
Basanth S, Aug 2019
Private Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai
Our driver was extremely helpful and sincere in showing us the site and went to great lengths to ensure the visit went as smoothly as possible. Hard to find this level of customer service and honesty in a place like India— and Uvamai was a real good find.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Mahabalipuram is a must-visit for history and architecture buffs.

  • Wear sun protection and comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water.

  • Most of this attraction is not wheelchair or stroller accessible.

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How to Get There

Mahabalipuram is situated on the coastal road that runs south from Chennai to the tip of Tamil Nadu, about an hour’s drive by car. Plenty of public buses make the trip, as do organized day tours.

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When to Get There

Mahabalipuram is open daily throughout the year, but it’s not as pleasant during the hotter months of April and May and the wetter months of June through September. If possible, get an early start to tour the stone monuments in the morning before the heat and tourist crowds descend.

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Visiting Pondicherry

Many visitors to Mahabalipuram also visit Pondicherry, about a 90-minute drive to the south, popular with full- and multi-day tour groups as well as independent travelers. This coastal city was one of the last colonial outposts in India, run by the French until shortly after Independence, with Old World architecture and French-influneced restaurants to show for it.

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