Thinking of taking your family for a journey through the mythical ruins in Mahabalipuram in southern India? Chennai is the nearest airport accessible from Mahabalipuram and is just about an hour’s drive from Chennai International Airport.
Situated on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, Mahabalipuram is a small town in Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu. It is an ancient historic town which played more the role of a busy sea port back in the 1st century CE. This historical town now houses the Gods of Stone and is a major tourist attraction for foreign visitors.
Mahabalipuram in the Past
An overview of Mahabalipuram past will instantly take you to the ancient sea port city which was used by Indian traders for their journey to the Far East. It was the Pallavas a South Indian dynasty that Mahabalipuram served as a port city during the 7th century. The British Raj however transformed the old town into the modern Mahabalipuram city in 1827.
Mahabalipuram possessed another name since the time of Marco Polo, i.e. Seven Pagodas, which was kept after the 7 shrines or pagodas which were visible to the sailors nearing the coast of the port city in South India. However, at present it is only the Shore Temple that has been able to stand strong against the wrath of time.
This once bubbling port town which is now famous for its ruins of temples dating long back in history and is a renowned World Heritage Site signifies by the UNESCO. Consult your travel agency for an extensive tour of this off-beat yet beautiful town of Mahabalipuram, India.
Places you must visit in Mahabalipuram
It is of no doubt that every inch of this ancient town is dripping with its own unique beauty which may be different from all the monotonous tourist destinations. Though Mahabalipuram is a small town, it is still loaded with many places of interest which you can spend days exploring. Many tourists and mostly research scholars stay in the town to catch a glimpse of various amazingly new facades which the city projects every day.
However on a short visit to Mahabalipuram while at Chennai is a very good idea to spend a splendid day in the ancient ruins of the past.