Mamallapuram caves Chennai Reviews
7th century temples built using carved rocks Sep 03, 2011
Mamallapuram caves are one of the main tourist attractions in Tamilnadu. Located around 60 kms from Chennai, well connected with busses from CMBT bus station. Airconditioned buses are also available and round trip cost around 3USD.
Entry fee to these temples cost 10INR for indian citizens and around 6USD for others. This place is an UNESCO world heritage site.
These temples are built between 7th and 9th century AD. Most of them are named after the kings from Mahabaratha, one of the epics of India. Though the information boards says these are not connected to Pandavas from Mahabaratha any way.
View point (new and old)
Huge rock looks like a cheese ball,
Arjuna Yoga place
The famous shore temple
are part of this 7th century rock carving temple complex.
This place is one of the must visit sites if you are visiting Chennai or Pondicherry,
Part of the list UNESCO World heritage sites I have visited so far
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7th century rock temples Oct 23, 2010
Mamallapuram is a coastal town about 50 Kms south of Chennai en route towards Pondicherry.Hotels and Lodges are available in plenty and the cost differs for foreigners.The 3km area town is one famous for it's monolithic mono bloc caves found in a hillock and nearby.A once famous port centuries ago it is purely a tourist attraction now.A temple excavated from the sea shore one of the seven such temples submerged in the sea is the main attraction. The carvings of the scenes from an Indian epic 'mahabharata', and temples dedicated to Hindu Gods, a round rock shaped like a cheese ball, a light house on the hillock and rock cut chariots(rathas)add interest. There are several sculptors engaged in the traditional sculpture trade and small souvenirs and large sculptures are displayed for sale.
The weather is always hot and you are bound to sweat.Drink a lot of water or a tender coconut to cool yourself.
If you happen to go to Chennai or Pondicherry make sure to visit this town for its different and takes you back to the 7Th century.
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