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The Monuments of Mahabalipuram

Built by the Pallava dynasty in the 7th and 8th centuries, Mahabalipuram - a strip of land between the Bay of Bengal and the salt water lake houses intricate, religious monuments, shrines and caves, sumptuous sea food, beach side shopping that makes it a holiday and picnic destination.

The shore temple

The nomenclature owes to it facing the sea, standing magnificiently on the shore of the sea. A structural temple built with hefty blocks of granite in the 8th century during the reign of Narasimhavarman II of the Pallava dynasty. It was one of the busiest ports of its time. It is an amalgamation of creation and destruction - where Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva reside together. The only place where Lord Vishnu chills on the floor leisurely watching sea waves in the cosmically designed structure. You can find many resorts in ECR Chennai and Mahabalipuram beach resorts with close proximity and ease of travelling.

Best time to visit: Evenings

The Pancharathas

A gargantuan monolithic structure named after the Pandavas - Yudhistra, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula, Sahadeva and their wife Draupathi. They are assumed to be the temples dedicated to the great lords Vishnu, Shiva, Indra and Durga. They are declared as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Travel tip: Hire a guide for better insights

Best time to visit: Evenings

Krishna’s Butterball

A granite boulder 6m high, 2m wide and weighing 250 tons standing in a slight inclination. Best place to click Hercules inspired pictures that are instagram worthy.

Travel tip: Spend around 1.5 hours in this place.

Cheat sheet

There are many resorts in Mahabalipuram where you can stay for better experience and making your travel a lot easier.