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Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram)

Mahabalipuram Shore Temple

The popular town of Mamallapuram attracts visitors all year round to experience the combination of UNESCO World Heritage Sites landmarks and modern life. Mahabs (as it’s known locally) is a place where new and old meet, making it an ideal stop on your tour with us.

Temple by the sea
Overlooking the Bay of Bengal, the intricately carved World Heritage Site Shore Temple is the perfect place to watch the sunset.

Superb sculpture
Mamallapuram is renowned for its giant open air reliefs, including the impressive 29m × 13m ‘Descent of the Ganges’ telling the story of the descent of the sacred river to Earth from the heavens. The five rathas are also well worth a visit - monuments carved over a monolith of granite in the shape of chariots. All of these temples are designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Making waves
The ‘crown jewel’ of India’s surf scene, Mamallapuram is the perfect place to ride the waves. It has its own surfing school if you want to give it a go, or improve your skills.

Hangout in style
After a day’s sightseeing or surfing, head out to Othavadi Street to try some Tibetan Momos (small flour dumplings filled with vegetables or chicken) – ideal to wash down with a chilled beer.

Visit Mamallapuram on our Grand Tour of Southern IndiaDiscover Bangalore to Chennai TourEnchanting Tamil Nadu TourSplendours of Southern India Tour or the Southern Splendour Group Tour. Or why not create your own unique experience? Call us to find out more.