11 days in Mahabalipuram Itinerary

11 days in Mahabalipuram Itinerary

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Mahabalipuram
— 9 nights
Drive to Chennai International Airport, Fly to Washington

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Mahabalipuram

— 9 nights
Once an important sea port city in the ancient Pallava kingdom, Mahabalipuram today draws in visitors with UNESCO-listed monuments and temples carved out of rock during the 7th and 8th centuries CE. The structures showcase the decoration and form of early Dravidian architecture, and their distinctive designs, striking coloration, and scale still create an evocative atmosphere when studied closely and when seen as a whole.
Take a break from the city and head to Mahishasuramardini Cave and Trimurti Cave. Step off the beaten path and head to Kailasanathar Temple and Covelong Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mahabalipuram: Kanchipuram (Sri Vazhakarutheeswarar Temple, Chitragupta Swamy Temple, &more), Laurel Shopping Mall (in Chengalpattu) and DakshinaChitra Museum (in Muttukadu). There's much more to do: Head underground at Pancha Pandava Cave, get in on the family fun at MGM Dizzee World, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shore Temple.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mahabalipuram trip site.

Chennai to Mahabalipuram is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Mahabalipuram are 99°F, while nighttime lows are 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mahabalipuram

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

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