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Mahabalipuram which is also known as Mamallapuram is a small town in the district of <a href="/node/63717">Kanchipuram</a> in Tamil Nadu. This small place has great many rock carvings and endless beaches. The Temple of Mahabalipuram is situated 400 meters above sea level. There are eleven temples and all these temples are carved out of the rocks.

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How to Reach Mahabalipuram

Railways – The nearest railway station to Mahabalipuram is at Chenglapattu which is 29 kilometers away. Chenglapattu is well connected with Chennai which is 58 kilometers away. Chennai is well connected with all the major cities of India.

Airways – The nearest airport to Mahabalipuram is Chennai which is 58 kilometers away. Private cars and cabs are available from the airport to Mahabalipuram.

By Road – Mahabalipuram has a good network of roadways. Major cities like Chennai, Chenglapattu, Pondicherry, and other important cities in Tamil Nadu are connected by road to Mahabalipuram.

Where to Stay at Mahabalipuram

There are quite a few good hotels on and around the beach. These hotels provide luxurious accommodation for the tourists. Some of the famous hotels in Mahabalipuram are Hotal Quality Inn MGM Beach Resort, The Highland Shoreline, Fortune Chariot Beach Resort Sterling Hotel and Blue Bay Resort.

What to see in Mahabalipuram

Do make it a point to see the seven Pagodas and the spectacular monolithic structures while you are in Mahabalipuram. Do visit the Thirukadalmallai temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Amongst other things the caves in Mahabalipuram are some of the most popular tourist attractions. Recent visitors can catch a glimpse of the architectural wonders that have been revealed after the Tsunami in 2004.

Mahabalipuram is situated on the shore of Bay of Bengal. And thus the climate here is moderate and breezy. The maximum temperature remains 35C and the minimum remains at 19C. Winter is very mild here. Natural fabrics like cotton and silk should be worn. Tourist comes here all the year round. But it is advisable to avoid the monsoon season. The temples and especially the chariot is a unique thing to be seen in Mahabalipuram.