Mahabalipuram Travel Guide

The name of Mahabalipuram is derived from a Tamil word Mamallapuram. Mahabalipuram can literally meant as the city of great wrestler as the Mahabalipuram means the city of maha bali (powerful).

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Mahabalipuram is connected to the rest of the country via the nearest air and railway spots. It also boasts of a well-knit road system connecting the interiors of the city as well as nearby towns and cities. Mahabalipuram is located at a distance of about 55 km from Chennai. The town is a World Heritage Site and is well-connected to Chennai by roadways and railways. However, the best way to reach Mahabalipuram from Chennai is by car, which takes an hour. The places covered during the journey from Chennai to Mahabalipuram are Chennai - 16km -> Okkiyam Thuraipakkam - 11km -> Navallur - 14km -> Covelong - 17km -> Mahabalipuram. Several ATMs, petrol pumps and roadside dhabas are available on the route.

Mamallpuram is the ‘Heart of Indian Temple Sculpture’. It has produced many splendid sculptures. The tourists buy many small sculptures and artistry works made by the artisans. Beautiful statues are made of granite stones. The sculptures of mahabalipuram are popular in the countries like Britain, Germany, Denmark and Singapore. Handicrafts, images made of Soapstone, Wood carvings, sea-shell articles and jewelleries are also sold. There are general Kashmiri shops too in mahabalipuram. There are lot of shops around the main sightseeing places. And the best part of visiting I was able to see real people working on those amazing sculptures.They got huge sculptures which can only be lifted by cranes and at the same time they got tiny sculptures.

Nightlife is all about enjoying and having a good time while the sun goes off to sleep! Nightlife in Mahabalipuram is full of vigor and energy. Young and old, rich and not so rich, everyone comes together to have a taste of the thrilling nightlife of Mahabalipuram. Enjoy a few drinks at one of the numerous bars or clubs in Mahabalipuram. Feel like dancing? Enjoy a night of stimulating dances at one of the discotheques of Mahabalipuram. While not a Paris or New York, the nightlife in Mahabalipuram is top notch! Alternative for places with little or no nightlife: There’s not much to do at night in Mahabalipuram. Nightlife in Mahabalipuram mainly consists of a few small bars. You can go for a drink or two at the bars and enjoy a good snack.

Being a tourism-oriented city, Mahabalipuram boasts of a large variety of accommodation options for travellers. You might also find a nice resort with a beach view for a price of Rs 7,400 a night, or you can also find comfortable accommodation at one of the many hotel rooms at a mere Rs 1,700 a night. Though, it is advised to make pre-bookings to avoid any hassles at the time of arrival. Two to three days are enough to go around the city. While, outbound travellers can spend some more time and explore the beaches and the famous monuments in the city. You must be careful while swimming at the beaches, as the ocean can have strong currents. Try not to be fooled by travel guides, and try to hire one with a government ID.

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