Mahabalipuram

Language : English | Temple | Audios

General Information

Hours: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM on all days.

Tickets:

  • Indian Citizens: Rs. 10/
  • Members of SAARC nations: Rs. 10/-
  • Children up to 15 years: No Charge
  • Foreign Tourists: Rs. 250/-
  • Tickets are sold only for 5 Rathas and Shore Temple.

Drinking Water: Advisable to carry your bottles. It gets pretty warm.

What is Not Allowed:

Food Items: Ideally not to carry food inside. The authorities don’t check the bags, but they do have security and its best to avoid embarrassment.

Facilities

Washrooms:

  • At the Shore temple
  • Near the ticket counter at the Five Rathas
  • Note: Use of washroom is chargeable.

Cloak Room:

  • No cloakroom or locker room available.
  • Its mostly an open area and you can carry your bags around.
  • However, it is advised that you carry light bags as there is a lot of walking to be done.

Parking:

  • There is ample car parking available at pretty much all the places except the Arjuna Penance.
  • They are all paid and managed by the local Panchayat. They give you a parking receipt as well.

Food

Restaurants/Cafe/Hotels

  • South Indian: Adyar Ananda Bhavan (Also called A2B)
  • Sea Food: Moonrakers
  • International: Radisson Blue Resort – Temple Bay & SUNRISE PIZZERIA

Checklist

  • Umbrella/ Hats. The entire temple is in an open area. It gets very warm during the daytime (including winter period).
  • Torch – Yes, please carry a nice torch (flashlight). You will be able to see the detailed work.
  • Drinking water – Carry a bottle of water with you.
  • Carry your earphones/headphones.
  • Power bank/Battery pack for your phone.
  • Data network – you will have longer battery time if you are off the mobile data network. So when you are using the audio guide, you may want to get off the network.

The Basics

It is good to refresh our memory on these basics.

In South India, almost all the key monuments will have references to gods, goddesses, and mythological tales. Knowing these will help one appreciate the work by artists.

History

Mamallapuram is a small coastal town about 55Kms from Chennai along the scenic ECR road. It was the port city of the Pallavas, who ruled this area around the 6th to 9th century from their capital city Kanchipuram.

Under the reign of Narasimha Varman, this seaport began to grow into an artistic center. The panels and sculptures seen here weren’t done during a single King’s lifetime. The scope of work done here points to the effort undertaken over a century or two.