INTRODUCTIONMahabalipuram also called as Mamallapuram is a famous coastal town and was earlier a sea port founded by a Pallavan King in the 17th century. Today it is a fascinating archeological site and a pleasant sea resort. Mahabalipuram washed by the shores of the Bay of Bengal is noted for its coastline which spreads for atleast 20kms.Its beautiful and unspoilt beaches stretching for miles, and lined by groves of casuarinas is another great attraction.
This golden sandy beach has striking interesting features in an unusual way bounded by the gleam of the sea and rolling hills. Apart from exploring magnificent monuments besides the beach it also has many other factors attracting the interests of the tourists, like you can get into adventure sports, have sun bathe, relax and unwind yourself.Mahabalipuram along with Chennai and Kanchipuram forms the famous 'Golden Tourism Triangle' ashore Coromandel Coast.
ORIENTATIONMahabalipuram Beach lies on the shores of the Bay of Bengal in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is located at the distance of 58 km south of Chennai.
HISTORYThis ancient port city on the Coromandel coast belongs to the 7th century of the Pallava dynasty.Mahabalipuram, one of the important heritage site of India gets its name from the the cruel demon king Mahabali, who was slayed by Goddess Durga.Though it was famous for its shore temple and the cave temples, the beach was not of prominence during the Pallava period. It got its recognition only after the 20th century and started attracting tourists from different parts of the world.
FESTIVALSThe most renowned "Mahabalipuram Dance Festival" is famous all over the world and people come from all over the world as participants as well as spectators. The Dance festival starts on the 25th of December every year and is conducted on all Saturdays and Government holidays, upto February first week. This dance festival is organized by the Department of Tourism, Government of Tamil Nadu.The performers apart from presenting the classical dances like Bharathanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali and Odissi also perform folk dances of India.
PLACES OF INTERESTS
DakshinachitraDakshinachitra is a place dedicated to the olden days culture and is being developed as a model village having various sectors depicting 19th century villages of states like Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The main feature of this project is that it has got everything like roads to utensils pertaining to that particular era.
Though it is going to take years to complete it is at present home to hundreds of artists and masons who are involved in this project. This place is situated on the Chennai Mahabalipuram road.
Shore TemplesThe Shore Temple which talks about the Dravidian style of architecture belongs to the 8th century AD. It was this shore temple which ventured into this unclaimed territory of the Dravidian temple art. It is one of the oldest temple in South India and it looks splendid in great moonlit night. Although the religious activities in this temple have been discontinued way back in the late 19th century, the temple attracts a lot of tourist�s everyday.
Krishna MandapamOne of the earliest rock-cut temples of Mahabalipuram, its walls depicts scenes of Krishna's herder�s life. One of them depicts Krishna lifting the Govardhan Parvat on his little finger to protect his people from wrath of the Rain God, Indra.
SHOPPINGThere are number of small outlets famous for its stone and wooden sculptures. Handicrafts, images made of Soapstone, Wood carvings, sea-shell articles and jewelleries are also sold.Jewellery and decorative items made of seashells are also good buys to carry home as souvenirs from this seaside town. Apart from the the main area for shopping in Mount Road, there are also government run emporiums which sells handicraft items.
1.Blue Elephant Restaurant
Othavadai St, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu
2.Grt Temple Bay
Temple Bay, Kovalam Road, Mahabalipuram, 603104
#131, East Coast Road,
Mahabalipuram - 603 104.
5.Le Rilz Restaurant
E Raja St, Mahabalipuram,
Tamil Nadu 603104
6.Kumaran Cool Bar
No. 11, Old College Road,
7.Amman Tea Stall
No. 9, E.C.R. Kovalam Road,
East Coast Road, Mahabalipuram,
Tamil Nadu 603104
1.Hotel Lakshmi Cottages
No-5, Othavadai Street, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu
2.Ideal Beach Resort
3.Hotel Mamallaa Heritage
NO: 104, East Raja Street,
Mamallapuram 603 104,
Tamil Nadu, SouthIndia.
044 - 27442060
4.Hotel Sea Breeze
Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu
5.Green Coconut Resort
58/1, East Coast Road, Muhukatu, Kanchipuram
Chennai, Tamil Nadu 603112
6.Shelter Beach Resort Mahabalipuram
275, East Coast Road, Vada Nemmeli,
Tamil Nadu, India