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Mahabalipuram is a sea shore monument built during 7th cenutury AD and is now a part of UNESCO world heritage monuments.

It is roughly a 45 minutes drive from City on the scenic east coast road. There a group of monuments from a rock-cut sea shore temple, cave temples, a light house of 7th century, beautiful sculptures scattered around over a place of 3 square kilometers.

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Parking Difficulty : High
Walking Needed : For 100 meters
Time Needed : 2-3 Hours
Open Timings : 10 AM to 5:30 PM
Still Photography : Allowed
Video Photography : Allowed
Tropical Climate for most part of the year.
Carry Refreshments
Wear Comfortable Shoes
Wear Cotton Dress
Carry Binoculars
Nearest Railway Station : Ottivakkam Railway Station
Nearest Airport : Chennai Airport
Nearest National Highway : NH49
Nearest Landmark : Mahabalipuram Beach

These monuments are a trekkers and rock climbers’ paradise. Wear comfortable shoes and climb over small rocks, to catch a view of bay of Bengal or to find a new angle for your photos. There are enough small hillocks, burrows, boulders to explore for fun.

Overall, one will need atleast a day to explore all of Mahabalipuram in full. However, most will cover the important pandava rathas, mahishasuramardini temple, arujuna’s penance, sea shore temple, butter ball in half a day.

The place is famous as an international tourist destination and is maintained well. There are sea side resorts, camping activities, shoppers area for every budget.

For the adventure seekers, one can experience scuba diving, cycling or fishing here.

If you are interested in trekking and camping package here, you can try the following operator



Fisherman Colony, Mahabalipuram. Pincode : 603104 Chengalpattu District, Tamil Nadu


Phone No

044 2744 2232

Open Hours

Weekdays – 10AM to 5.30PM
Weekends – 10AM to 5.30PM

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