After exploring some gateways from Hyderabad and Bangalore it’s time to move to Chennai. Mahabalipuram is one such option which is located around 70 KM from Chennai. It’s a small town famous for stone carvings and temple ruins. Majority of the places can be covered in a day and hence its an ideal weekend gateway from Chennai.
The town has become a tourist town now and thus accommodation and other services are costly as compared to facilities provided. It is very well connected to Chennai by public transport and direct state transport buses are available from Koyembedu bus stop (in Chennai) to Mahabalipuram. Unless you are interested in history of Pallava Dynasty, do not expect much from attractions here. From a ruins point of view Hampi is a better choice but still the town is worth visiting for a day. So let me walk you through some pictures to give a glimpse of town.
Leaning Rock at Tiger Caves
While I was wondering where are the caves when I visited this spot, the rock drew my attention among the other ruins present at this place.
Walk To Beach
A small walk from Tiger caves can take you to beach where you can spend some relaxing time. Although the currents are some of the strongest I have seen on beaches of India so not suitable for swimming.
Being not so much into history, I didn’t pay attention to what guides were telling about the place but the structures spoke about architecture engineering used.
Stories in Stone Carvings
There were many stories written in the form of carvings. Even if you don’t know the history, just put your own imagination. I could see an old man sitting on a platform.
Sculptures dating back to 7th Century look wonderful in 2013’s sky.
Most famous attraction of Mahbalipuram which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site now. The shore temple is actually on shore of sea. This place is really beautiful with sea at a walking distance and great place to visit in evening.
Birds in Discussion
Saw these birds discussing their lives during sunset just near the shore temple :).
Bay of Bengal
After visiting shore temple head towards beach in evening. Its a very lively environment there with lot of crowd, food stalls and horse rides available. Enjoy a good peaceful evening here.
As till now you haven’t seen temples but ruins, lets take you to a neighborhood town Kanchipuram. It has one of the most well known temple in South India. It has got both religious and historical importance.
I hope you liked the day tour of Mahabalipuram. Scroll down a bit more to comment section and let me know if you would like to see more such essays in future. I never liked writing them in my exams back in school but won’t mind such essays :).