Mahabalipuram is a pleasant 56-kilometer drive from Chennai into a world of sculptural monuments that lay carelessly tossed on a sun-kissed shore. A little coastal town, perhaps as long as a kilometer, it opens up a scenery of opulent monolith temples thick with life-size carvings of deities, human figures and animals. These 7th century Pallava structures are a tribute to the Dravidian school of tradition and bring out the miscellany of South Indian rock-cut temple art. Look up Krishna Butterball, a massive natural boulder that perches at an angle of 45 degree on the edge of a smooth rocky slope.
There are 11 temples known as Mandapas, situated on both sides of the hills of Mahabalipuram. These temples are excellent example of Dravadian architecture. Major tourist attractions in Mahabalipuram are Panch Pandava Rathas, Shore Temple – located shores of Bay of Bengal this consists of a Vishnu Temple and two Shiva Temples, Varaha Caves-rock cut caves having idols of incarnations of Vishnu–Varaha, Mahishasuramardhini Caves, Somaskanda sculptures and Arjuna’s Penance-is one of the biggest open air rock sculptures of the seventh century with intricate carving of life like figures.
Day 01 : Arrival at Chennai
On the very first day at Chennai airport or railway station, we bestow a warm welcome. You will then be escorted to a pre-booked hotel. Freshen up, refresh yourself and relax.
Day 02 : Chennai sight seeing
As you finish your breakfast, we take you on a sight-seeing of Fort St. George, built in 1640 during the British rule. Shri Kapaleeswar temple and Parthasarthy temple remain our next attractions where you witness immaculate architectural beauty. After lunch, get ready to walk alongside the Marina beach, the second largest beach in the world. Overnight stay and dinner at the hotel in the evening is planned.
Day 03 : Chennai to Kanchipuram
In the early morning, we move towards a pre-booked hotel in Kanchipuram, nearly covering one and half hours journey. As you freshen up, we being our journey to Kamakshi Amman temple, dedicated to Goddess Shakti. We also take you to the Kailashanathar temple, built in the 8th century. Get ready to enjoy shopping of the famous handloom products, Kanchipuram sarees, and other artifacts in the local bazaars of the city.
Day 04 : Mahabalipuram
As you finish your breakfast, we move towards the great Mahabalipuram. We cover approximately 65 km distance involving one hour in journey. Architecture of Arjuna's Penance awaits your arrival, a gigantic assortment of the carvings of deers, elephants, monkey along with other animal depictions. Nearby Krishna Mandapa also remains on the charts. Overstay at the hotel in Mahabalipuram is planned thereafter.
Day 05 : Sightseeing of Mahabalipuram
This day is dedicated to Varaha caves, having rock cut Mandapams (halls). There we witness the 3 incarnations of Lord Vishnu in the form of Vaman, Varaha and Vishnu. Thereafter get ready to indulge in some sports with host of other activities, motor boat rides, surfing, angling, biking, etc. Overnight stay at the hotel is planned.
Day 06 : Moving back to Chennai
We move from Mahabalipuram to Chennai. On the very last day of Tamilnadu holidays packages tour, we assist in checking all the relevant formalities. You enjoy splendid time.
The tour comes to an end but not the sweet memories to be cherished forever!
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Chennai international airport is the nearest airport to the city which is located at a distance of 56 km.
The nearest railway station is Chennai Railway Station which is at a distance of 45 kms. Chengalpattu is another station which is at a distance of 29kms.