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Mahabalipuram MapMahabalipuram is of history's intriguing enigmas. The ancient Mamallapuram, as Mahabalipuram was formerly known, was a flourishing port town of the Pallava rulers of south India, who chiseled in stone a wonderful "open-air museum" of sculpture. Specialists say that there were seven pagodas or temples on the shores of Mahabalipuram. All but were plundered by the rapacious sea, though there is tiny underwater proof that recommend they ever existed.

Mahabalipuram Facts

• Area 8 sq. km
• Population 13,300
• Altitude Sea level
• Languages Tamil and English
• Best time to visit October to March
• STD code 04114

Tourist Attractions in Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram with its picturesque location on a rocky outcrop between the beach and a lagoon is a happy combination of history, nice beaches, hassle-free tourism and wonderful fish and lobster! Mahabalipuram is renowned for its series of charming rathas and the spectacular carved relief depicting Arjuna’s Penance. The magnificent Shore Temple, built by king Rajasimha in the seventh century, is a matchless temple that houses the shrines of both Shiva and Vishnu while the Varaha Cave is a rock-cut mandapam with incarnations of Vishnu - Varaha Other important attractions of Mahabalipuram include the Mahishasuramardini Cave, Kotikal Mandapam, Ramanuja Mandapam, and the Dharmaraja Cave.

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