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:
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.
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.
Time: GMT +5Â½ hours
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.
Required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.
There are no compulsory vaccinations.