Pancha Rathas, Mahabalipuram

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Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pancha Rathas, a monument complex filled with impressive monolithic Indian rock-cut architecture. Five seventh-century monoliths representing chariots stand in the complex, and you can walk into them like buildings. When you go, look for the Dharmaraja Ratha, a pyramidal structure adorned with elegant carvings. On its east side, the structure features Indra, the demigod of rain and storms. Elsewhere, find the huge monolithic sculpture of an elephant. Consider hiring a guide to escort you around the monuments and provide some historical background. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Pancha Rathas by using our Mahabalipuram trip planner.
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  • The panch rathas are examples of monolithic architecture of cutting from rocks. They should not be missed. 
    The panch rathas are examples of monolithic architecture of cutting from rocks. They should not be missed.  more »
  • If you are lucky to have good guide than he will describe fully, our guide took 1200 INR but after visiting the place we read it and got to know what we missed to observe during visit as guide was... 
    If you are lucky to have good guide than he will describe fully, our guide took 1200 INR but after visiting the place we read it and got to know what we missed to observe during visit as guide was...  more »
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  • Superb place to spend time... Not recommended in summer, 40Rs are a common ticket for all places. Below 15yrs no entrance fee. Many you tube channels are explained about the history of mamalapuram. That would be felt grateful when u touch the rocks.
  • Visiting this Century old monuments was great ! Photogenic place! Can spend around 1-2hr inside. You can have your snacks/foods inside by sitting on the grass field enjoying the beautiful views. Sometimes having food inside not allowed when crowded. Do not pollute the environment. Do not carry foods/snacks packed in platics. Take your own water bottle.

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