The town of temples, sand & sea - Mamallapuram, formerly known as Mahabalipuram, is world renowned for its beautiful shore Temple. It was once the main port and naval base of the great Pallava Kingdom and was later made the capital of this Dynasty.
Mamalla meaning the great wrestler was the name given to King Narasimha Varma I. Most of the temples and sculptures in Mamallapuram dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, were completed between 630 A.D and 728 A. D. during the reign of Narasimha Varma I and II.
Sand, water and temples set the backdrop for the graceful and evocative dancers who celebrate the ancient Indian culture and tradition at the annual Mamallapuram Dance Festival held during January and February.
The nearest airport of Chennai (58 Kms) connects Mahabalipuram with other major cities of India and the world by frequent flights.
The nearest railway stations from Mahabalipuram are Chennai (58 Kms) and Chengalpattu (29 Kms). From there one has to take the road journey.
The good motor able roads connect Mahabalipuram with nearby towns. Regular bus services are available from Pondicherry 62 kms , Kanchipuram 65 kms and Chennai to Mahabalipuram is 60 kms