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Mahabalipuram / Mamallapuram

Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram is a town in Kancheepuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is around 60 km south from the city of Chennai. The former name of this place 'Mahabalipuram' has a history, a very rude cruel king Mahabali reined this place and in a fierce battle king Mahabali was killed by Lord Vishnu and the place was named after the dead, arrogant kind Mahabali. The beauty of Mahabalipuram is a combination of architecture, vast casuarinas trees & of silvery sandy beaches. Any visitor who visits mahabalipuram will remain startled and intoxicated with the grandeur. They feel hand hearted and more out from this historical and fascinating tourist spot.

Day 01: Chennai - Mahabalipuram

Morning pick-up from advised location/Airport in Chennai & drive to Mahabalipuram. On arrival check into the hotel. After fresh-n-up time for relaxation. After lunch we will go on city sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram which will include:

Shore Temple: The oldest structure in the area, build c. 700 AD, this temple has been here for more than 1400 years. The area around the temple is now a landscaped park, with guards keeping the hordes of souvenir hawkers at bay. A Shiva lingam is enshrined in the central building and the site can get very crowded on weekends.

Five Rathas (Pancha Pandava Rathas): This site contains five Rathas, literally chariots, dating from the 7th century. The sculptures are complemented by some enormous stone animals, including a large elephant.
Evening Return back to the hotel. Overnight stay at Mahabalipuram.

Day 02: Mahabalipuram

Morning at leisure. After breakfast full day sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram which will include:

Thirukadalmallai: This temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It was also built by Pallava King in order to safeguard the sculptures from the ocean. It is told that after building this temple, the remaining architecture was preserved and was not corroded by sea.

Sculpture Museum: East Raja Street has hundreds of sculptures in stone, wood etc. The following structures like Arjuna's Penance, Krishna's Butterball, Mahishamardini Cave. Varaha Cave having four impressive carvings of Vishnu, Gajalakshmi, Trivikrama and Durga are all carved straight out of rock in the central hillside area, so you can travel between them on foot. The scenery within the hills is also quite unusual, with smooth rock rising out of the forest and carved stairways leading between the mandapas (pavilions), caves and carvings. The Old and new light houses provide views across the area to the sea. There are several unfinished temples nearby, and the December 2004 tsunami exposed more previously submerged temples.

You also can chill on the sandy beach for relaxation or can enjoy Boat rides in the Bay of Bengal with life guards, fishing trips to the sea & Turtle walk at the sea shore. 
Evening Return back to the hotel. Overnight stay at Mahabalipuram.

Day 03: Mahabalipuram - Chennai

Morning at leisure. After breakfast free time for relaxation. Afternoon drive back to Chennai. On arrival in Chennai transfer to advised location or Airport.

End of the services.

Tamil Nadu was ruled by three major dynasties-the Cholas in the east, the Pandyas in the central area and Cheras in the west. This was during the Sangam Age-the classical period of Tamil literature-that continued for some 300 years after the birth of Christ. The Pallava dynasty was influential particularly in the 7th and 8th centuries, testimonies to which are the monuments at Mamallapuram. In the 13th century, with threats of Muslim invasions from the north, the southern Hindu dynasties combined and the empire of Vijayanagar, which covered all of South India, was firmly established. However, by the 17th century, due to the disintegration of the Vijayanagar Empire, various small rulers like the Nayaks ruled southern India.

By the middle of the 18th century, there were frequent conflicts between the British, French, Danes, and Dutch due to their interest in these areas. The British were finally victorious, while small pockets like Pondicherry and Karaikal remained under French control. Under the British rule, most of south India was integrated into the region called the Madras Presidency. In 1956, the Madras Presidency was disbanded and Tamil Nadu was established. 

Area: 1,30,058 sq. km 
Population: 62, 110, 139 
Religion: Hinduism (88.67%), Islam (5.46%), Others (5.87%) 
Annual Rainfall: 1,133.8 mm 
Temperature :Maximum 45.2°C ,Minimum 1.0°C 
Capital: Chennai 
Languages: Tamil, English 
Literacy rate: 73.47% 
Best Time To Visit: October to March

Travel Info:

By Air:
 The Anna International Airport, 16 km south of Chennai, has flights to/from Sri Lanka, Dubai, Germany, Jakarta, Malaysia, England, Maldives, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore. Most major Indian cities are also connected to Chennai by regular domestic flights. 

By Rail: The railway station at Chennai has connecting trains to/from all major cities in India. The reservation office is on the first floor of the reservation complex next to the railway station.

By Road: The bus terminals in Chennai are on either side of Prakasham Road in George Town, near the High Court Building.

Situated on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, Chennai is the center of culture and learning. It is the land of rich culture and heritage, having some of the most charming beaches and many attractive pilgrimages. The city is full of the appealing weekend getaways. Some of the best weekend getaways from Chennai are Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram, Yercuad, etc If you are tired of your prosaic routine and looking for a change this weekend, then opt for tempting and affordable Chennai Weekend Holiday packages. Availing one of these packages will certainly make you come across the prime appeals of the places which are worth paying a visit.

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