Introduction – Mahabalipuram is also called Mamallapuram, is a town in the Chengalpattu district. It is situated in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This city is famous for the UNESCO World Heritage Site from 7th to 8th century Hindu Group of Monuments and is one of India’s famous tourist sites.
There are 8 top tourist places in the city of Mahabalipuram are as given below –
- Shore Temple – It is one of the oldest South Indian temples built during the 7th This temple was constructed in the Dravidian style and represented the royal taste of the Pallava dynasty. Shore temple has been listed in the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO and is placed in Mahabalipuram. It is also one of India’s most photographed monuments and is located on the Bay of Bengal’s shores.
- Mahabalipuram Beach – The beach is located at a distance of 58km from Chennai City in Tamil Nadu. Mahabalipuram beach lies on the Bay of the Bengal shore with some stunning sculptures of rock-cut. This beach is also famous for massive Rathas, temples, caves, and chariots. It is one of the beautiful and perfect tourist places for a holiday trip with great enjoyment. There are some of the resorts along with the beach that offers delicious food for tourists.
- Five Rathas– It is also called PanchRathas and is a typical set of rock temples. Five Rathas is one of the great examples of the evolution of Dravidian style architecture. The Rathas was linked with the great epic of Mahabharata. These temples are built in the same as pagodas with much resemble Buddhist shrines and monasteries.
- Alamparai Fort – It is placed 50Km from Mahabalipuram, which is close to the village called Kadappakkam. Alamparai Fort was also called Alamparva and Alampuravi that was constructed during the period of the Mughal Empire.
- Tiger Caves – It is placed on the Bay of Bengal’s shore and is one of the popular tourist spots in Mahabalipuram. Due to 11 tiger-like heads carved at the entrance thus the name of this tourist is Tiger caves. Tiger Caves is one of the best tourist spots in Mahabalipuram with the large ground and is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.
- Covelong Beach –The original name is Kovalam beach and is placed near the Covelong village. But the British could not pronounce Kovalam; that’s why they changed the name to Covelong.
- Indian Seashell Museum – Several seashells are preserved in this museum, and it is one of the largest museums in Asia. The purpose of this museum is to attract a large number of tourists that educate the visitors. This museum contains about 40,000 different specimens of unique shells.
- Crocodile Bank – This tourist spot was established by herpetologist Romulus Whitaker in 1976 and is placed about 14km from Mahabalipuram. There are several different species of African and Indian crocodiles and alligators in the Crocodile Bank.