State: Tamil Nadu
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Mahabalipuram- Picturesque distinction
Officially known as Mamallapuram, Mahabalipuram is a town located in the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu. A port city of 7th century during the reign of Pallava dynasty, it has a large number of monuments which were built in seventh and ninth century. The town managed to get its name listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites because of its magnitude and ancientness of the monuments and temples which depict its historical past, traditional legacy and also the Dravidian civilization.
The main attraction of this place is the ancient Shore temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is located on the Bay of Bengal. It is among the world renowned heritage sites and is acknowledged as the ancient rock cut temple of India. The temple is renowned for its complex carvings embellished with beautiful motifs, craftsmanship and architectural designs which are really fascinating.
There are many other attractions to visit here, such as Krishna Mandapam, five Rathas, Varaha Mandapam, Tiger Cave, Crocodile Bank etc. If you have fascination for art and sculptures, then Cholamandal Artist Village, which is just 30km away from the town, is the ideal place for you as it is the home of various paintings, crafts and sculptures.
The Mahabalipuram beach adds to the splendor of this marvelous place, as a large number of tourists find it a serene and relaxing place. The rock cut caves, silver sandy beach, casuarinas trees and temples cut from a single rock are some of the alluring attractions this historic town has to offer to tourists and pilgrims.