Mahabalipuram is located on the Coromandel Coast facing the Bay of Bengal and is recognized all over the country for its legacy of magnificent monolithic structures. This magical town is situated in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu and is home to a large number of rock-cut caves and temples. Mahabalipuram is also famous for its rich culture and heritage that draw a large number of tourists from various parts of India. A trip to Mahabalipuram would take you to some of the finest monuments and temples that are predominantly monolithic, apart from the beautiful sandy beaches of the city.
The city has kept its age-old charm intact and this place has produced many great poets, dramatists, artists, artisans and saints during the rule of the Pallavas. The Pallavas highly patronized the creative pursuits and continuously supported building and other creative activities. Hence, the most prominent among the tourist attractions in Mahabalipuram are the unique relief works that depict various themes from the famous Indian legends. Mahabalipuram is also known as Mammalapuram and was mainly a port city of south India during the ancient times.
There are numerous things to watch in Mahabalipuram and the most famous among them are the spectacular sculptural works. The attention-grabbing architectural marvels add to the importance of the town and give it a unique place among the rest of the tourist destinations of Tamil Nadu. You will come across several magnificent structures here some of which are Thirukadalmallai, Arjuna's Penance, Varsha Cave Temple, The Shore Temple and the Pancha Rathas (Five Chariots). There are many interesting destinations that are located nearby the town and can be explored on day long excursions. Some of the places that are worth paying a visit are Kanchipuram, Vedanthangal, Covelong, Crocodile Bank and Muttukadu.
Mahabalipuram has good transport network and it can be reached from the far corners of the state. The nearest airport is located in Chennai and one can reach here not only from the major Indian cities but also from abroad. Chengalpattu is the nearest railway station and you can get the trains for Chennai and other major cities of south India. The nearby destinations like Kanchipuram, Pondicherry and Chennai are well-connected to Mahabalipuram by the well maintained road network.