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Mahabalipuram has been a centre for stone carving for hundreds of years, a legacy displayed in superb temples, bas reliefs and mandapas (narratives carved into the face of shallow rock overhangs).

The most famous example in Mahabalipuram is the Shore Temple, but the intriguing unfinished temples provide an insight into the sculptor’s art.

Visiting Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram is a good base to explore the region, visiting Chennai only on day trips whilst enjoying the leisurely atmosphere in this breezy coastal town on the Bay of Bengal.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Mahabalipuram

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Mahabalipuram, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Mahabalipuram

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    Places near Mahabalipuram

    Accommodation choices for Mahabalipuram

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Mahabalipuram. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Vivanta by Taj - Fishermans Cove, Mahabalipuram

      Vivanta by Taj - Fisherman's Cove

      First Class

      Built amongst the ruins of a Dutch fort just south of Chennai, Vivanta by Taj - Fisherman's Cove is set above a stunning beach that stretches away on either side.