Mahabalipuram has been a center 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.
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.
Suggested itinerary 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.
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Places near Mahabalipuram
- Chennai 31 miles away
- Kanchipuram 37 miles away
- Pondicherry 54 miles away
- Tranquebar 113 miles away
- Tanjore 146 miles away
- Trichy 162 miles away
- Bangalore 178 miles away
- Chettinad 202 miles away
- Madurai 234 miles away
- Mysore 241 miles away
- Ooty 252 miles away
- Waynad 272 miles away
- Palakkad 273 miles away
- Munnar 276 miles away
- Nagarhole National Park 278 miles away
- Belur & Halebid 290 miles away
- Thekkady & Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary 296 miles away
- Kothamangalam 300 miles away
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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.
Built among 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.