Mahabalipuram is located on the Coromandel Coast facing the Bay of Bengal and is recognized all over the country for its legacy of magnificent monolithic structures. Mahabalipuram is not just about the temples and architecture but it is also about the natural beauty of the surroundings. The long stretch of the beaches dotted with palm-groves is ideal to spend a few moments away from the usual cacophony of the city.
Location: Mahabalipuram is situated in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu and is home to a large number of rock-cut caves and temples.
Tourist Spots: Varaha Cave, Arjuna's Penance, Rathas, Shore Temple, Kanchipuram.
Best Time to Visit: October to March.
How to Reach:
By Air: The nearest airport from Mahabalipuram is Chennai (Madras), located around 60 km away. One can get flights for almost all major destinations in India and abroad.
By Train: The nearest railway station, Chengalpattu, is around 29 km away from Mahabalipuram. Trains for Chennai and several other major cities in South India are available from here.
By Road: Mahabalipuram / Mamallapuram is connected by road to Chennai, Tirukkalikundram (Pakshithirtham), Kanchipuram (65 km), and Pondicherry.