Mahabalipuram Beach (also known, as "Mamallapuram Beach") is located
Department of Tourism, Government of Tamil Nadu hosts a Dance Festival annually at Mahabalipuram during Jan- Feb.The dances like Bharathanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Kathakali and folk dances are included in this festival.
Attractions of the Beach
Shore Temple - This is a twin temple, and is one of the oldest temples in south India. It belongs to the early 8th century AD and is a good example of the first phase of structural temples constructed in Dravidian style.The monuments are floodlit at night and gives a beautiful view.
Arjuna's Penance - The world's largest bas-relief measuring 27m x 9m is the pride of Mahabalipuram. This huge whaleback shaped rock contains figures of Gods, Demigods, men, beasts, birds and infact represents the entire creation.
Five Rathas - These are five monolithic temples, each created in a different style. They are also known as the "Pancha Pandava Rathas", and the four of the Rathas are supposed to have scooped out of a single rock formation.
Tiger's Cave - It is 4-km north of the main monument complex. It was an open-air theatre, where cultural programmes are held. Though it is very near the sea, the place is serene and calm.
The captivating crocodile farm
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Both luxury and budget hotels are available here.
By Air The nearest airport is at Chennai , 58-km away.
By Rail The nearest convenient railway stations are at Chengalpattu