Mamallapuram Shore Temple

Mamallapuram Shore Temple also known as the Shore Temple of Mahabalipuram, is a must-visit site when you are in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India. It’s a group of three structural temples built in the 8th century AD, overlooking the Bay of Bengal. Here are some interesting sightseeing places you can visit near the Shore Temple:

  • Five Rathas (Pancha Rathas): This group of five monolithic rock-cut temples, also from the Pallava dynasty, is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Each Ratha is carved from a single granite block and depicts a different chariot.

    Image of Five Rathas (Pancha Rathas), Mahabalipuram
  • Arjuna’s Penance (Descent of the Ganges): This large rock carving depicts the descent of the Ganges River from heaven to earth. It’s a marvel of Pallava artistry and offers interesting mythological insights.

    Image of Arjuna's Penance (Descent of the Ganges), Mahabalipuram

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  • Krishna’s Butterball: A gigantic granite rock balancing precariously on a slope. This natural wonder is a popular tourist attraction.

    Image of Krishna's Butterball, Mahabalipuram
  • Mahabalipuram Beach: Relax on the sandy beach with views of the Shore Temple. You can also enjoy swimming, sunbathing, or trying out local street food stalls.

Here are some additional tips for visiting the Shore Temple:

  • Timings: The Shore Temple is generally open from sunrise to sunset.
  • Entry Fee: There’s a nominal entry fee for visiting the monuments.
  • Dress Code: When visiting temples in India, it’s appropriate to dress modestly. Opt for clothing that covers your shoulders and knees.
  • Comfortable shoes: As the area involves some walking, it’s best to wear comfortable shoes.

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