About Mamallapuram

Mamallapuram, or Mahabalipuram, is a town on a strip of land between the Bay of Bengal and the Great Salt Lake, in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It’s known for its temples and monuments built by the Pallava dynasty in the 7th and 8th centuries. The seafront Shore Temple comprises 3 ornate granite shrines. Krishna’s Butter Ball is a massive boulder balanced on a small hill near the Ganesha Ratha stone temple. Inland, the Pancha Rathas are a group of temples intricately carved from single rocks. Arjuna’s Penance, also known as the “Descent of the Ganges,” is a huge relief carving depicting an episode from the Mahabharata epic, with animals and gods. Mamallapuram is also home to several rock-carved cave temples, including the 7th-century hilltop Varaha Cave. The Government College of Architecture and Sculpture includes a museum documenting rock architecture in India. Farther north, Tiger Cave is believed to have hosted cultural events centuries ago.
Shore Temple

Shore Temple is so named because it overlooks the shore of the Bay of Bengal. It is a structural temple, built with blocks of granite, dating from the 8th century AD.
Pancha Rathas

Pancha Rathas is a monument complex at Mahabalipuram, on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, in the Kancheepuram district of the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Pancha Rathas is an example of monolithic Indian rock-cut architecture.
Descent of the Ganges

Descent of the Ganges is a monument at Mahabalipuram, on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, in the Kancheepuram district of the state of Tamil Nadu. 
Tiger Cave

Tiger Cave is a rock-cut Hindu temple complex located in the hamlet of Saluvankuppam near Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu, India. It gets its name from the carvings of tiger heads on the mouth of a cave which forms a part of the complex.
Krishna's Butterball

Krishna's Butterball is a gigantic granite boulder resting on a short incline in the historical town of Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu, India. The boulder is approximately 6 meters high and 5 meters wide and weighs around 250 tons.
India Seashell Museum

India Seashell Museum is a collection of approximately 40,000 seashells and marine fossils from around the world.
Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram

The group of monuments at Mahabalipuram is a collection of 7th- and 8th-century CE religious monuments in the coastal resort town of Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Ganesha Ratha

Ganesha Ratha is a temple in Kancheepuram district, Tamil Nadu, India. It is one of ten rathas carved out of pink granite within the group of monuments of the Pallava Period at Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO-inscribed World Heritage Site since 1984.
Draupadi Ratha

Draupadi Ratha is a monument in the Pancha Rathas complex at Mahabalipuram, previously called Mamallapuram, on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, in the Kancheepuram district of the state of Tamil Nadu.
Mahishamardini Rock Cut Mandapa

Mahishamardini Rock Cut Mandapa is a hilltop rock-cut temple from the 7th century, with elaborate relief sculptures and coastal views.
Best Time To Visit Mamallapuram

Mamallapuram or Mahabalipuram is an ideal destination for rejuvenation and fun time. It has a moderate and humid climate throughout the year however, the best time to visit Mahabalipuram is from the month of October to March. Summer remains hot and is exhausting; avoiding a visit to Mahabalipuram around this time is a good idea. Especially sightseeing and outdoor activities during the daytime is hard for visitors. Monsoon is accompanied by high humidity and scanty showers, with an occasional heavy shower. The rain beautifies the entire place, making it fresh and green if you are visiting Mahabalipuram around this time then you are advised to carry an umbrella or a raincoat. Winters in Mahabalipuram are usually pleasant, with warm days and cool nights. It is the best time for the tourists to enjoy the place and move around for sightseeing, outdoor activities are also best around this time.

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