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Why visit Mamallapuram?”‹

In short, temples! Also known as Mahabalipuram, Mamallapuram is a coastal town 58km south of Chennai. It flourished as a centre of art, architecture and literature during Pallavas dynasty between the 3rd and 7th centuries. The temples and the exquisite rock carvings date back to this time and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Reasons to visit Mamallapuram include:

  • Pancha Ranthas, 5 ”˜chariots’ carved out of a single block of granite, each displaying a different artistic style
  • See the impressive cave temples or mandapas, decorated with reliefs depicting various deities
  • The ”˜Descent of the Ganges’, a huge open-air rock sculpture showing the myth of the descent of the celestial river to the earth
  • The Shore Temple complex, which differs from the other monuments that have been carved from solid blocks, being constructed from worked stones
  • When to visit

    November to February are the most comfortable months, with warm days. March to May is hotter and may be too hot for some visitors. The monsoon occurs from June to September, but mainly as short showers, and as long as you have an umbrella or rain jacket this can also be a good time to visit.

    How to visit

    The temples can be visited on a day trip from Chennai. It is worth some time here and it fits well as a stop off point on a southern India itinerary.

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Time: GMT +5 hours

Flight time:

Flight time from London to Delhi is 8 hours 30 minutes and to Mumbai is about 8 hours.

Language: The official language is Hindi, which about 30% of the population speaks. English is very widely spoken and is used for official and commercial purposes.


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There are no compulsory vaccinations.



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