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Mahabalipuram

Tamil Nadu | India
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Mahabalipuram is categorised as Heritage / Beachside


Shore Temple (Nivalink Trip Dated - 25 July 2016)
Shore Temple (Nivalink Trip Dated - 25 July 2016)
View of Shore Temple from Sea Breeze
Five Rathas (Nivalink Trip Dated - 25 July 2016)
Five Rathas (Nivalink Trip Dated - 25 July 2016)
Krishnas Butterball (Nivalink Trip Dated - 25 July 2016)
Five Rathas (Nivalink Trip Dated - 25 July 2016)
Beaches around Mahabalipuram

Reasons to Visit
  • Mahabalipuram (also known as Mamallapuram) is a seaside heritage getaway situated 60 km south Chennai on the famous East Coast Road.
  • Mahabalipuram monuments built largely between the 7th and the 9th century and is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Mahabalipuram is one of the 10 most visited places by overseas tourists to India.
  • Mahabalipuram is also a popular ex-Chennai weekend getaway (For individuals and corporate) and a place where locals visit for a day picnic on Sundays.
  • For a typical tourist on a full south India Itinerary this could be a good end point to relax for a few days by the beach and then go back ex-Chennai.
  • Dakshinachitra, a craft village near Mahabalipuram is visited a lot by overseas guests and besides the beach and the shore temple attracts most guests for a longer stay.
Know It
  • On a weekend it’s full of locals who throng the beaches and a few restaurants. On a weekday you only see overseas guests (Mostly from Europe and America). Mahabalipuram mirrors typical destinations within India, which has for long been a favorite for overseas guests and now gotten popular with local tourists and corporates.
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Access Information

Mahabalipuram has 11 Hotels approved and listed with Nivalink

CategoryCount
Standard2
Mid-segment2
Premium5
Luxury2
Type of HotelsCount
Hotel3
Resort8

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7 verified holiday itineraries are listed for Mahabalipuram

CategoryCount
Getaway (1-3 nights)1
Short Break (4-6 nights)1
Holiday (7 or more)5

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List of Holidays for Mahabalipuram

Getaway

  • Mahabalipuram Getaway (2 Nights)

Short Break

  • Pondicherry with Mahabalipuram (5 Nights)

Holiday

  • A week with Tamilnadu and Pondicherry Heritage (7 Nights)
  • Best of Tamilnadu and Pondicherry Heritage with Kodaikanal (8 Nights)
  • Picturesque South with Goa (21 Nights)
  • South India Coastal Explorer (12 Nights)
  • Total Temple Heritage Circuit of Tamil Nadu (10 Nights)

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Mahabalipuram has 4 Transport services that can be booked online. Click here for reviewing and booking them.

Airport Pickup or Drop

ServicesRates Starting From
Pickup/Drop between Chennai Airport and MahabalipuramRs. 3778

Day Sightseeing

ServicesRates Starting From
Mahabalipuram Day visit and backRs. 3778

Railway Station Pickup or Drop

ServicesRates Starting From
Pickup/Drop between Chennai Central Railway Station and MahabalipuramRs. 3778
Pickup/Drop between Chennai Egmore Railway Station and MahabalipuramRs. 3778

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Mahabalipuram has 20 Add Ons approved and listed with Nivalink.

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Experience12
Guide Services2
Walking Tours6

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List of Service Add Ons for Mahabalipuram

Experience

Services Rates Starting From
A day in the CountrysideRs. 10000
A Spicy Trail through Colonial ChennaiRs. 12000
A Trail Full of SpicesRs. 8500
A Trail through Chennai’s CultureRs. 8500
A Trail through Chennai’s dance sagaRs. 9000
A Trail through Colonial EraRs. 5500
A Trail through South Indian CultureRs. 8000
A Trail through the History of ChennaiRs. 6000
History, Dance and Bazaar TrailRs. 13000
Spice and History TrailRs. 12000
Trail through Chennai’s Culture and CuisineRs. 10000
Trail through Chennai’s History, Customs and Dance FormRs. 13000

Guide Services

Services Rates Starting From
Audio Guide for ChennaiRs. 250
Audio Guide for MahabalipuramRs. 250

Walking Tours

Services Rates Starting From
A Trail full of MysteriesRs. 3500
A Trail of JewelsRs. 5000
A walk through MylaporeRs. 3500
The Bazaars of GeorgetownRs. 3500
Walk through Chennai’s Christian HistoryRs. 3500
Walk through Colonial ChennaiRs. 3500

9 Travel Ideas listed for Mahabalipuram. Click here for reviewing them.

Destination Ideas

  • East Coast Road (ECR) Experience
  • Mahabalipuram Getaway
  • Mahabalipuram Heritage Getaway

Stay Ideas

  • Chariot Beach Resort – A Premium Beach getaway
  • Fishermens’ Cove – A Luxury Beach Escape
  • Fishermens’ Cove – A Spa Getaway
  • Temple Bay – A Luxury Beach Resort experience
  • Temple Bay – Spa Getaway

Festivals linked to Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu)

  • Mamallapuram Dance Festival

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  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Mahabalipuram is home to 7th - 9th century monuments of Pallava kingdom which are now a designated UNESCO world heritage site. The monuments include Rock Temple, Lord Vishnu Temple, Arjuna Penance, Varaha Cave temple. Its a popular stopover on inbound heritage circuit and day visited from chennai.
    Heritage Site
    UNESCO Heritage Site, Heritage Temple
    1
    The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology (MCBT) is a reptile zoo and herpetology research station on outskirts of Chennai and is the first crocodile breeding centre in Asia. It was established with the aim of saving three Indian endangered species of crocodile, the marsh crocodile, the saltwater crocodile and the Gharial (Alligator). The CrocBank grounds are covered by coastal dune forest providing a haven for native wildlife, including large breeding colonies of water birds and a secure nesting beach for Olive Ridley sea turtles. The centre is the biggest crocodile sanctuary in India and is home to over 5000 crocodiles.
    Zoo
    Crocodile Bank
    14
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Muttukadu Lake is a scenic spot in backwaters for tourists. Here boat house is set up and boating is offered to guests.
    Rides
    Boating
    25
    Dakshinachitra is a Craft village on east coast road where one can purchase authentic handcrafts from artisans.
    Arts Crafts Culture
    Craft Village
    30
    Vallam Reserve Forest lies at a short distance from Chengalpattu and is renowned for its Birds, Ambhibians, Leopards and reptlies.
    Activity
    Walking, Bird Watching
    32
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    The Jagannath Temple is located in Kanathur just off ECR on outskirts of Chennai. The Jagannath Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu as Jagannath and having a similar attributes as the renowned Jagannath Puri temple in Orissa.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Jagannath
    35

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Average Day / Night Temperature of Mahabalipuram ,Tamil Nadu,India

January
30°C / 22°C
February
31°C / 22°C
March
34°C / 24°C
April
37°C / 28°C
May
40°C / 30°C
June
37°C / 29°C
July
37°C / 29°C
August
36°C / 28°C
September
35°C / 27°C
October
32°C / 25°C
November
31°C / 23°C
December
29°C / 23°C

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Getting There

Locality NameDescriptionSuitable ForHotels (Nos)
East Coast RoadEast Coast Road or ECR as its popularly known is home to beach resorts that lie between Chennai and Mahabalipuram. Dakshinachitra, the craft village and Crocodile park are also closer from here.Holiday/Getaway4
Mahabalipuram OutskirtsJust outskirts of Mahabalipuram on either side are a few beach resorts from where guests can explore shore temple as well as enjoy a beach holiday.Holiday/Getaway4
Mahabalipuram TownLies in close proximity to the shore temple. It’s a small town with one street leading to the temple having a few hotels and an odd resort.Holiday3
ThirukalukundramLocated 15 kms from Mahabalipuram on the road connecting Mahabalipuram with Chennai - Trichy highwayGetaway-
Nearest Airport in Mahabalipuram
  • Anna International Airport ( MAA ) , Chennai-60 Kms
Nearest Railway Stations in Mahabalipuram
  • Chengalpattu ( CGL ), Chengalpattu-29 Kms
Recommended travel connections to Mahabalipuram from Major Cities.

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