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.