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Mahabalipuram

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Ruins · Landmarks
Once an important sea port city in the ancient Pallava kingdom, Mahabalipuram today draws in visitors with UNESCO-listed monuments and temples carved out of rock during the 7th and 8th centuries CE. The structures showcase the decoration and form of early Dravidian architecture, and their distinctive designs, striking coloration, and scale still create an evocative atmosphere when studied closely and when seen as a whole. The modern town exists almost solely for tourism, with beach resorts, backpacker hostels, and a wealth of restaurants serving international cuisine, making trips to Mahabalipuram relaxing as well as inspiring. Plan the details of your Mahabalipuram holiday and any onward adventuring with our easy-to-use India trip planner.
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Popular things to do in Mahabalipuram

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Religious Site
Shore Temple
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
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World heritage site
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Architectural Building
Pancha Rathas
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Mahabalipuram

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Cave
Mahishasuramardini Cave
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
India Seashell Museum
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Lighthouse
Mahabalipuram Lighthouse
3.5
Duration: 2 hours
Gift & Specialty Shop
Jewel Mount.
5.0
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Mahabalipuram

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Specialty Museum
DakshinaChitra Museum Muttukadu
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Historic Site
Ekambareswarar Temple Kanchipuram
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
Kailasanathar Temple Kanchipuram
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
Arulmigu Kandaswamy Temple Kanchipuram
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Mahabalipuram

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History Museum
Maritime Heritage Museum
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Lighthouse Heritage Museum
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Art Gallery
Little Art Gallery
3.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Art Museum
Sculpture Museum
3.4
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Mahabalipuram

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Religious Site
Sri Sthala Sayanaperumal Temple
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
Karukathamman Temple
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Ruin
Tiger Cave
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes
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Religious Site
Mukunda Nayanar Temple
3.7
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Mahabalipuram

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Beach
Mahabalipuram Beach
4.0
Duration: 4 hours
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Beach
Wide Beach
3.8
Duration: 2 hours

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