Mamallapuram was once a bustling seaport that provided shelter to illustrious travelers like Ptolemy and Periplus in the first century! Today, the city’s claim to fame lies in its ancient Pallava heritage, evident in Mamallapuram’s exquisite collection of temples, caves, rathas (chariots) and monuments. A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Shore Temples of Mamallapuram find mention in ancient documents such as Marco Polo’s travelogues from the 14th century. Coupled with its unspoiled sunny beaches, casuarina trees and local handicrafts sold on the streets, Mamallapuram is not to be missed!


  • Heritage
  • Landscape


  • Shore Temples
  • Arjuna’s Penance Monument
  • Pancha Pandava Rathas Monument
  • Krishna’s Butterball Rock

Places to Stay

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Ideal Beach Resort

Style: Beach Resort

The Ideal Beach Resort is a unique and magical combination of culture, sun, sand and surf.

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Pool at InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort in Mamallapuram, South India
InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort

Style: Beach Resort

InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort is an international-style hotel nestled on a pristine beach stretch of Covelong. It lies in close proximity to shore temples and monuments of Mahabalipuram.

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Swimming pool at Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay in Mamallapuram, South India
Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay

Style: Beach Resort

Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay is a charming beach resort, in the historic seaside temple town of Mamallapuram.

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Vivanta by Taj - Fishermans Cove

Style: Beach Resort

A labyrinth of shrub-lined pathways and manicured lawns welcomes guests to the Vivanta by Taj Fisherman's Cove.

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Activities in Mamallapuram

City Highlights of Mamallapuram

Tour the stunning Shore temples dedicated to Lord Shiva; visit the temple of Anantasayana or ‘reclining Vishnu’; see Arjuna’s Penance, Pancha Pandava Rathas, the Varaha Cave, Krishna’s Butterball; Relax by the beach.

Highlights of Dakshinachitra

A half day tour of Dakshinachitra takes you to the living museum which provides insight into the architecture, lifestyles, crafts and performing arts of South India. Tour the 10 acre campus which has been recreated to depict 4 South Indian states – Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Explore heritage houses, interact with village artisans, witness folk performances and participate in activities like bead making, basket weaving, pottery, palm leaf carving, paper craft, shell craft and glass painting.


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