Why You Should Visit Mahabalipuram in South India
Experience the sights, sounds and spices of this southern gem.
by Karla Ramos | November 10, 2017
Mahabalipuram is a hidden gem in South India that is full of cool sights and historical temples. And the best part? It’s easy to get to! The easiest way to go there is to ride Air Asia from Kuala Lumpur to Chennai, India. Chennai has its own bright spots so it’s a good idea to tour the city before moving on to Mahabalipuram to make the most out of your trip.
From Chennai, it’s a one and a half hour drive to Mahabalipuram. But it’s a nice drive so you can relax from your airport flight. A nice hotel to stay at is Chariot Beach Hotel, which is right behind one of Mahabalipuram’s historic monuments, Pancha Ratha. Moreover, it’s relaxing to stay at Chariot Beach Hotel. It has an olympic-size pool, teambuilding activities, Ayurvedic massage, and a private beach that is close by to the 7th century Shore Temple. It really has everything you need for your stay.
This seaside location has even more to offer. Not only does it house 7th century stone structures, the food, the people, and the whole experience is just so interesting and relaxing.
The historic temples in Mahabalipuram are awe-inspiring monuments of a bygone age. In that sense, it’s very similar to Bagan or Cambodia.
The Shore Temple, which is believed to be part of seven pagodas, is a Pallava stone temple. It’s one of the longest-standing stone temples in India. Moreover, you can see a submerged temple if you take the boat ride. It gives a sense of how majestic it would have been back then.