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Mamallapuram / Mahabalipuram

Also known as Mahabalipuram, this ancient sea port was built by Emperor Mahendravarman Pallava in the 7th century. Monuments represent a truly grand phase of Dravidian temple architecture. From here Ships left for countries in south-east Asia and the Mediterranean carrying not only traders but people who emigrated to countries like Indonesia, Thailand and Cambodia. Mamallapuram bears testimony and pays tribute to its Pallava artists and to the culture of South India. Some of the interested places are Arjuna’s Peanance, Krishna Mandapa, Mahishasuramardhini Cave, Mandapams, Pancha Rathas, Shore Temple and Varaha Mandapa.


Situated 60kms south of Chennai.

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