Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram, boasts a rich history and stunning examples of Pallava dynasty architecture. Here are some must-visit sightseeing places in Mahabalipuram:

  • Shore Temple: This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the oldest structural temples in South India. Facing the Bay of Bengal, it’s a sight to behold, especially during sunrise.

    Image of Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram
  • Pancha Rathas: A group of five monolithic (carved from a single rock) structures, these are chariots (rathas) believed to represent the five Pandavas from the epic Mahabharata.

    Image of Pancha Rathas, Mahabalipuram
  • Arjuna’s Penance: This vast open-air bas-relief depicts various scenes from Hindu mythology, including the story of Arjuna performing penance to obtain the celestial weapon, the Pashupatastra, from Lord Shiva.

    Image of Arjuna's Penance, Mahabalipuram
  • Descent of the Ganges: This captivating bas-relief carving showcases the descent of the holy Ganges River from heaven to Earth. It features numerous deities and mythical creatures.

    Image of Descent of the Ganges, Mahabalipuram
  • Krishna’s Butterball: This massive, smooth, and nearly perfectly balanced boulder is a marvel of nature. It’s a popular spot for testing your strength (or lack thereof) by trying to push it over

    Image of Krishna's Butterball, Mahabalipuram
  • Tiger Cave: A series of cave temples with fascinating sculptures, including one depicting a ferocious tiger.

    Image of Tiger Cave, Mahabalipuram

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  • Mahishasuramardini Cave: This cave temple features a large bas-relief depicting the battle between Goddess Durga and the demon Mahishasura.

    Image of Mahishasuramardini Cave, Mahabalipuram

In addition to these historical sites, here are a few other places of interest:

  • Crocodile Bank: This center for the study and conservation of reptiles is home to a variety of crocodile species, including the critically endangered gharial.

    Image of Crocodile Bank, Mahabalipuram
  • India Seashell Museum: This museum houses a collection of seashells from all over the world.

  • Mahabalipuram Lighthouse: Offering panoramic views of the coastline.

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