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  • Mahabalipuram - Description of City
  • Getting to Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram -- Mahabalipuram is a sleepy coastal town 60 kms south of Chennai. This tiny sea side village set in a boulder strewn landscape is a site of many ancient sculptural marvels. It was the port city of the Pallavas who had mastered the art of construction without using bricks or mortar, carving out exquisite sculptures from rocks. The best examples of the ir art here are the five monolith chariots, the pride of Mahabalipuram. The various panels on the walls depict scenes from Hindu mythology and fables from the Panchtantra. The Mahabalipuram ruins, date to the seventh century and consist of a cave temple, shore temple, monolithic rathas (rock-carved temple chariots) and bas-reliefs (among the world's finest.). It is the ideal place to purchase intricately shaped and skilfully carved statues.

Mahabalipuram , is one of the Indian towns that was devastated by the recent Tsunami waves in December 2004, but in true Indian style, the city's inhabitants showed tremendous grit and courage and had the city back to normal very quickly.

  • By Air -- The nearest airport is Chennai, 60 kms away.

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