Monuments at Mahabalipuram
Monuments at Mahabalipuram
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Many interesting rock-cut temples and giant open-air reliefs from the 7th and 8th centuries.
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  • Matthew McConnell
    Wroclaw, Poland12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy Choice for Sightseeing in Mahabalipuram
    It was really nice to buy one ticket for all the monuments in the area - plus the price of the ticket was very reasonable, even for foreigners. All of the monuments had some information about each of them. But maybe it would have been better with a guide as the information on them wasn't exhaustive. You can get a ticket at either the Panchas Rathas, Butter Ball, or Shore Temple. Be prepared to walk a lot between each of the monuments - especially be prepared if it will be a hot day (maybe even consider short tuk tuk rides between them all). There are also plenty of vendors around and in the areas of where the monuments are. I recommend buying some sodas like pineapple soda from them. Oh and one more thing, there are also a ton of dragonflies flying around the monuments which was very cool and peaceful to watch.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 July 2023
  • giji365
    Bengaluru, India733 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rocks, beaches and monuments!
    It's a nice place for relaxing and also getting a glimpse of history. The beaches are laid back and not crowded and much polluted. Krishna's butter ball and the monuments around it is a must watch. it is one of the UNESCO heritage sites. It was a very pleasing and fulfilling visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Michael R
    159 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best parks in India
    There are many, many reviews on this location. I would just add that we really enjoyed this area. It was definitely hot and humid in August but we still enjoyed walking between the different locations and in the well cared for parks. We have been to many sites in India and this is one of the best cared for sites we have seen. Not to be missed.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 August 2023
  • AZCasualTraveler
    Mesa, Arizona2,439 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exquisite Temple Complex made Centuries Ago
    The Monument of Mahabalipuram is a complex of rock-cut temples, monolithic structures, caves and numerous other structures that had been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its historical significance (7th - 8th centuries). Mahabalipuram is a very elaborate hand-carved temple complex that is exquisite in design and workmanship. The images of this complex speaks volumes about how nice it is to look at.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 September 2023
  • Ajith Setty
    Bengaluru, India2,035 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy way to visit all monuments !!
    There are many monuments in Mahabalipuram and here is a easy and better way to visit them. You can start near Krishna's butter ball. Parking is available nearby. Not very spacious one but manageable. The entry ticket is 40/- for Indians and we can visit all the monuments with the same ticket. The list of monuments is as below (all within walking distance ) Krishna's butter ball Trimurti cave Ganesha ratha Arjuna's penance Pandavas Cave Krishna mandpam Other 2 places are located within 1-2 kms from this place. Pancha Rathas Shore Temple All the monuments close at 6pm except for Shore temple which is open till 9 pm.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 October 2023
  • Ria1104
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India663 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Monuments Depicting Pallava Architecture
    The monuments of Mahabalipuram are truly great examples of Pallava architecture. These monuments were actually curved out of single rocks and that also with ancient equipments. These monuments are located pretty close to one another and are basically walkable. Found many people parking their four wheelers around Pancha Rathas or Shore Temples and covering the other monuments by foot. One can get a single ticket for all the monuments at any of the counters and use it to visit all the monuments for that day.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 December 2023
  • Nagaraju KB
    Bengaluru, India23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing sculptures
    An amazing place to see sculptures from the Pallava era. I was visiting this place after nearly two decades. Amazing to see the place has been done up so well thanks to the UNESCO heritage tag. Sad part is just outside the monuments we have so many shops and the traffic is nightmare. But the main monuments areas are beautiful and well maintained.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 December 2023
  • SunnyandBuster
    Seattle, Washington775 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see on your travels
    An important stop on any South India travel itinerary. These monolithic granite carvings are extraordinary. You’ll see areas where it appears they were practicing different images and techniques before applying to the main rock which makes them feel more alive to me. Many sections weren’t completed but the artistry is extraordinary. Spread out over several acres it is a great way to spend a day. It is really astonishing to think about the effort applied to carve granite in such detail.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 February 2024
  • MaithiliSave
    Mumbai, India202 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good places to visit
    It’s worth visiting this place. It is one of the monuments in Mahabalipuram temple area. We visited these monuments while going to Puducherry. It’s on the way from Chennai, Avoid public holidays. It was too crowded when we visited on local festival public holiday. We couldn’t take proper pictures. Do hire a guide to know the history and significance of these monuments. There are government authorized guides available. It will take around 2.5 - 3 hrs to visit all monuments I.e. Panch Rathas, Butter Ball, Shore Temple and Arjun’s Penance. Shire temple view was amazing at Sunset. Entry fee is just Rs40.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 February 2024
  • Film G
    New England993 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get a Guide. Worthy Stop Between Chennai and Pondicherry.
    There are several parts of the site, both small, and you'll need a car to get among them unless you really like to walk. Can get hot. Be sure to get a guide -- really helps. These are ancient shrines and cave temples carved out of stone and are truly impressive. A visit takes around 2-3 hours.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 March 2024
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GonsBcn
Barcelona, Spain74 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
As a Turist I paid 600 Ind instead of just 40 IND for locals, I can understand it, but what I cannot understand is how they keep such turist attraction plenty of trash everywhere, next the monuments without keep it clean. It’s a pitty. See my pictures
Written 18 May 2024
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Sreelal Pillai
Thiruvananthapuram District, India147 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Wonderful rock caves and temples - many of single stone. Fantastic architectural skills of ancient Tamil dynasty. Fantastic skills in stone sculpture visible even today.
Written 13 April 2024
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James c
Oklahoma City, OK381 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I went on tour of the monuments , arrived early but still hot, didn't take away from wanting to see all the monuments. I recommend a guide therefore you can be driven to all 5 sights. Shore temple, 5 ranthas, arjuna penance, beach and the 2 lighthouses. I enjoyed and was amazed by how these were built 1500 yrs ago by the Pallava dynasty and are still intact.
Written 26 March 2024
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praveenavrur
Bengaluru, India46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Excellent Temple carvings, amazing to see the architectural and engineering advancement of Indians 1.5 thousand years ago.
Very hot and humid place, better to visit in the winter months.
Written 10 March 2024
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Film G
New England993 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
There are several parts of the site, both small, and you'll need a car to get among them unless you really like to walk. Can get hot. Be sure to get a guide -- really helps. These are ancient shrines and cave temples carved out of stone and are truly impressive. A visit takes around 2-3 hours.
Written 5 March 2024
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MaithiliSave
Mumbai, India202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
It’s worth visiting this place. It is one of the monuments in Mahabalipuram temple area. We visited these monuments while going to Puducherry. It’s on the way from Chennai, Avoid public holidays. It was too crowded when we visited on local festival public holiday. We couldn’t take proper pictures. Do hire a guide to know the history and significance of these monuments. There are government authorized guides available. It will take around 2.5 - 3 hrs to visit all monuments I.e. Panch Rathas, Butter Ball, Shore Temple and Arjun’s Penance. Shire temple view was amazing at Sunset. Entry fee is just Rs40.
Written 17 February 2024
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SunnyandBuster
Seattle, WA775 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
An important stop on any South India travel itinerary. These monolithic granite carvings are extraordinary. You’ll see areas where it appears they were practicing different images and techniques before applying to the main rock which makes them feel more alive to me. Many sections weren’t completed but the artistry is extraordinary. Spread out over several acres it is a great way to spend a day. It is really astonishing to think about the effort applied to carve granite in such detail.
Written 16 February 2024
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Nagaraju KB
Bengaluru, India23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
An amazing place to see sculptures from the Pallava era. I was visiting this place after nearly two decades. Amazing to see the place has been done up so well thanks to the UNESCO heritage tag. Sad part is just outside the monuments we have so many shops and the traffic is nightmare.
But the main monuments areas are beautiful and well maintained.
Written 29 December 2023
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Ria1104
Kolkata (Calcutta), India663 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The monuments of Mahabalipuram are truly great examples of Pallava architecture. These monuments were actually curved out of single rocks and that also with ancient equipments. These monuments are located pretty close to one another and are basically walkable. Found many people parking their four wheelers around Pancha Rathas or Shore Temples and covering the other monuments by foot. One can get a single ticket for all the monuments at any of the counters and use it to visit all the monuments for that day.
Written 29 December 2023
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Pratush
New Delhi, India375 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We went to see the monuments at Mahabalipuram with huge excitement in our minds as we all are quite the history buff and love ancient sites.
The guide charged us INR 1100/- to takes us through all the sites which are located at different locations which is quite nearby to each other but you need a vehicle of your after which the guide tell you to follow him with his own vehicle.

But as these group of monuments were never completed by the Pallava empire so except shore temple you will not find anything fascinating or astonishing to visit.

So you can save some money on guide charges by asking him just to show the shore temple rest of the sites you can do it on your own.
Written 20 December 2023
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