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Carved out of rock, Monuments at Mahabalipuram deserved their World Heritage designation as the world's biggest open-air rock relief. This complex of 40 odd temples dates back to the 7th and 8th centuries. See cave sanctuaries, temples shaped like chariots made of sandstone, and thousands of sculptures of Shiva. A masterpiece of Indian art, a bas-relief depicting the goddess Durga killing a buffalo-headed demon remains among the site's highlights. Other highlights include a bas-relief called Arjuna's Penance, Descent of the Ganges, Krishna's Butter Ball, Varaha Cave Temple, Ganesh Ratha amongst others. By using our Mahabalipuram tour builder tool, you can arrange your visit to Monuments at Mahabalipuram and other attractions in Mahabalipuram.
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Monuments at Mahabalipuram reviews
Must visit places in Mahabalipuram and plan your day early or late in the evening to walk around and explore. more »
This place is a must visit. The architecture is something to admire about. The story and the history is something we need to know about. Well maintained. Card swiping machine was not working to buy... more »
The place is very beautiful and the area is very clean. The temple there is very beautiful to see and take pictures off. The view of the beach from there is also very nice. But there's nothing else to do there except take pictures of the monuments and the scenery.
The old temple at the beach gives a nostalgic feeling while watching the ruins. Imagining the grandeur that would have been. With the sound of waves around. A dazzling array of centuries-old ruins along the coast. It is a bit of a drive outside Chennai but is well worth it. The scale and age of these relics is hard to imagine for a westerner. There are many sites all within a somewhat contained area so be sure to set aside several hours.
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