This is the last destination of my south India Travel, to read about previous destinations ,click herehereherehere 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 (ArjunaBhimaYudhishtraNakula 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.

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  1. It is so amazing to see big rocks {sometimes a single piece of rock} being transformed into beautiful structures -and how they have sustained through so many centuries!
    Such a great collection of pics.

  2. Wonderful capture on the sculptures and carvings. We often used to visit mamallapuram and only shore temple is left to retouch for very long time. Hope u enjoyed at our ancestors town!

  3. Oh Mahabalipuram is a lovely place. It looks beautiful in any frame from any angle! 5 rathas,butter ball, shore temple and everything just bring me lovely memories that I spent there..used to go there almost every year as part of my school vacation then!

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  5. yay! i been here too and so could connect with the things you said and the pics you captured.

    but hey, looks like you went at a time when it was extremely crowded i guess. we went in Sept 2011 and there were not too many people

  6. Dear Sushmita

    It was a pleasure to read your travel notes of down south and loved most of the post. The images here are quite beautiful as well as I connect with them, since I am staying in Chennai (though I am from Delhi).
    I keep going there almost every month with one friend or another from abroad.

    Thank you for sharing…

    Here is one picture of the Shore temple that I have had taken, which is very close to my heart, hence I used it for one of my poetry… hope you like it.

    http://shadowdancingwithmind.blogspot.in/2012/02/whispers-in-remembrance-moon-haiku.html

    Shashi
    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya
    At Twitter @VerseEveryday

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