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Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram)

Reminiscent of the Mayan ruins in Central America, a complex of stone temples are all that remain of the eighth century Pallava dynasty along the coast two hours south of Chennai. Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram’s (Mamallapuram) most iconic landmark, consists of two intricately carved towers standing watch over the Bay of Bengal. With shrines dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu, the temple is considered one of the oldest in India. The nearby Panch Pandava Rathas, five stone shrines each carved from a single piece of rock, clearly display the astounding talent of the ancient stonemasons who built them.

Besides the monolithic stone shrines and temples, the town of Mahabalipuram gives travelers a sun-and-sand escape from the clamor of nearby Chennai. Get an early start to tour the stone monuments in the morning before the heat and domestic tourists descend; and spend your afternoon lazing on the wide, sandy beach and snacking on freshly prepared seafood at a beachside restaurant.

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Private Tour: Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram Caves and Temples Day Tour from Chennai, Chennai, null
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Private Tour: Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram Caves and Temples Day Tour from Chennai

Explore the City of Mahabalipuram, known for its outstanding historic specimens and an incredible architectural invention. Explore the grand temples and ...  Read more

Location: Chennai, India
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00
Day Trip to Mahabalipuram on Royal Enfield Motorcycle or By Private Car, Chennai, Private ... 
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Day Trip to Mahabalipuram on Royal Enfield Motorcycle or By Private Car

This 13-hour day trip takes you to Mahabalipuram where you will explore various architectural treasures such as rock cut temples, the Shore temple, Arjuna's ...  Read more

Location: Chennai, India
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $138.00
Private Tour: Mahabalipuarm Full-Day Tour from Chennai, Chennai, Private Day Trips
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Private Tour: Mahabalipuarm Full-Day Tour from Chennai

Privately tour Mamallapuram, known for it's beautiful stone architecture and religious and historical significance. One of the most outstanding examples of ...  Read more

Location: Chennai, India
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00
Private Day Tour of Mahabalipuram from Chennai, Chennai, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Day Tour of Mahabalipuram from Chennai

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Join this private full-day tour to explore the history of Mahabalipuram, an important ancient port well known to the ancient Romans and Greeks. The group of ...  Read more

Location: Chennai, India
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.00
Historical Walking Tour in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Historical Walking Tour in Mamallapuram

Join us for this 2-hour walking tour to explore the historical city of Mamallapuram! Embark on spectacular walks through some of historic landscapes, including ...  Read more

Location: Mahabalipuram, India
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $27.00
Private Cultural Tour: Day Trip to Mahabalipuram and Dakshinachitra from Chennai, Chennai, Walking ... 
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Private Cultural Tour: Day Trip to Mahabalipuram and Dakshinachitra from Chennai

4.5 star rating: Recommended 49 Reviews

On this private tour from Chennai, journey back in time to discover traditional South Indian culture through its artistic, architectural and religious ...  Read more

Location: Chennai, India
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.75

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