Occupying an important place among the classical monuments in India, the monolithic and cave temples at Mahabalipuram (now known as Mamallapuram) attract the visitors from far and wide. Picturesquely situated close to the sea and rich in their artistic wealth, these monuments afford scope for not only the study of ancient architecture and sculpture in the Tamil country but also for enjoying a pleasant holiday.
Mahaballipuram (12037’02”N; 80011’39”E) is situated about fifty-nine km south of Chennai and can be reached from Chennai by East Coast Road, a toll road via Kovalam or by Old Mahablaipuram Road via Tirupporur. Mahaballipuram is a destination in the conducted trip of all tour operators, both private and Government. Those who want to use public transport may catch the regular bus services from Koyambedu Bus stand, Chennai. Various types of lodgings are available in plenty, from budget to luxury, regular lodgings to Beach resorts, run by private and Tourism Development Corporations. Facilities like restaurants, catering, different types of food are also available.
Once a sleepy village, now Mahabalipuram is a buzzing place. Nevertheless, the ancient tradition of stone carving is still alive here. The visitors can not only shop around but also witness the actual technique of stone carving, be it with some modern powered tools, or the rhythmic sounds of hammer and chisels.
UNESCO has inscribed this group of monuments in the World Heritage List. The monuments remain open between 08.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs. Entry fee is Rs. 10/- for foreigners above fifteen years of age. Photograph using still cameras without stand, with sychronised flash is permitted. Videography using hand held video cameras is permitted on paying a fee of Rs-25/- as of now, after filling a simple form available at the ticket counters. Other forms of photography / videography require permission from the Superintending Archaeologist, Archaeological Survey of India, Chennai Circle, Fort St. George, Chennai-600 009.
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