This is the last destination of my south India Travel, to read about previous destinations ,click here, here, here, here and here.
Mamallapuram is a small town located exactly half way between Pondicherry and Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state, India. The town is famous solely for the many rock temples portraying events described in the Hindu epic Mahabharata, built by the Pallava kings built largely between the 7th to 9th centuries, and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The most convenient mode of travel to this place is via road, both from Pondicheery and Chennai, as it is located halfway between both the destinations. We took a taxi from Pondicherry to reach Mamallapuram and it was a 2 hours journey on East Coast Road.
We spent a whole day here and visited all the wonderful heritage structures here.
Varaha Cave Temple – a small rock-cut temple dating back to the 7th century.
Pancha Rathas (Five Chariots) – five monolithic pyramidal structures named after the Pandavas (Arjuna, Bhima, Yudhishtra, Nakula and Sahadeva) and Draupadi. An interesting aspect of the rathas is that, despite their sizes they are not assembled – each of these is carved from one single large piece of stone.
Shore Temple – A structural temple along the Bay of Bengal with the entrance from the western side away from the sea.
The shore temple owing to its locations is the most majestic looking structure of Mamallapuram.
Standing by the shore temple looking towards the ocean, feeling the gentle ocean breeze and listening to the sound of the waves crashing, it felt like this place was the perfect culmination of the South India tour.
P.S. I have also written an article series on my south india tour for a travel blog, if you are interested in tour details, you can read here.