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Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram - Sculptural Extravaganza

Do you wish to experience the rich tradition and culture of India? Then embark on a trip to Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram. Here you will find astounding sculptures and temples which will simply mesmerize you and take you back to the centuries. Embark on Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram - Sculptural Extravaganza tours and enjoy to the fullest degree along with a learning experience.

Mahabalipuram was an important port city in the Pallava Dynasty in the 6th century. It is around 60 kms from the city of Chennai. It is listed among the World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO. The city ranks among the popular tourist destinations in Tamil Nadu and experiences the inflow of thousands of tourists from various parts of the country and abroad.

Mahabalipuram is named after the Pallava king Mamalla. The city is home to beautiful monuments which date back to the period between 7th and the 9th century. The temples and monuments are famous for their rock cut sculptures and carvings. They mostly follow the Pallava and South Indian School of architecture. Most of the temples were built during the reigns of king Narasimhavarman and his successor Rajasimhavarman.

A few kilometers from Mahabalipuram is Kanchipuram. It is popularly known as Kanchi and is the headquarters of the Kanchipuram district. The capital city of Chennai is also close by. In the ancient times, Kanchipuram was known as Kachiampathi.

Kanchipuram is located by the banks of the Palar River and is famous for its beautiful stone carved architecture. Kanchipuram is also known as the "City of 1000 Temples" and experiences the inflow of thousands of tourists and art enthusiasts. Some of the well known temples in Kanchipuram are Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Sri veetrirunda Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, Kailasnatha Temple, Sangupani Vinayakar Temple and so on.

Kanchipuram is also famous for its silk sarees. The sarees are woven manually and have a very big market worldwide. You can buy beautiful silk sarees from the local markets and shops at affordable rates.

Both Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram are well accessible. The capital city of Chennai is close by. The cities are well linked by air, rail and road network. Good quality accommodation is also available in the cities.



By Air

The nearest airport, Madras (Chennai being the new name) is 64 kilometer away.

By Rail

The nearest Railway station, Chigelpet is 29 kilometer away.

By Road

Mahabalipuram is connected by road to Madras. Thirukkalikundram, also known as Pakshithirtham, Kanchipuram and Pondicherry via Chingelpet. It is 16 kilometer from Pakshithirtham and 65 kilometer from Kanchipuram via Chingelpet.

It is connected by frequent local bus service with Madras, Chingelpet and Pakshithirtham.


Temple Bay, Ashok Beach Resort.

Golden Sun, Beach Resort Hotel, 59 Covelong Road.

Ideal Beach Resort Silversands.

TTDC Beach Resort Complex,

VGP Golden Beach Resort, East Coast Road, Injambakaam (15 kilometer from Madras and 39 kilometer from Mahabalipuram).

Fisherman’s Cove, Coverlong (38 kilometer from Madras and 20 kilometer from Mahabalipuram).

Other Accommodation TTDC (Tamil Nadu Tourist Development Corporation) camping site near Shore Temple.


Restaurants in Temple Bay Ashok Beach Resort, Golden Sun, Ideal Beach Resort, Silver Sands, TTDC Beach Resort Complex and VGP Golden Beach Resort serve Indian and Continental food.


Tourist taxis can be hired from Madras. Unmetered private taxis and cycle rickshaws are also available.


Tourist Information Centre

Tourist Information Counter, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, Mahabalipuram.

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