Mahabalipuram, Located in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is located right on the Coromandel Coast next to the Bay of Bengal. Earlier it was a well established seaport around 7th - 10th centuries of the Pallava dynasty, later flourished accordingly wuth the time passed. This region is florished with numerous rock-cut caves and anormous temples. The architecture is not the only attraction for tourists in this city. The area is also blessed with the beautiful white sandy beaches and the casuarinas trees that are found in abundance there. Mahabalipuram is also known for fantastic shopping experience as it contains exquisite local handmade crafts which are readily available in the local shops. Along with these beauties, Mahabalipuram also attracts tourist of its UNESCO World Heritage Sites present over here including:
The Shore Temples: It is a structural temple which was built with blocks of granite around the 8th century AD. It is one of the oldest rock-cutted temples in the South. This temple is a combination of three shrines. The main shrine of the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, same is the second shrine and the third shrine is dedicated to Lord Vsihnu. The temple walls have large sculptures of Nandi.
Ratha Temples - The Ratha Cave Temples, which is commonly called the Pancha Pandava Ratha (the five chariots of the Pandavas). These are a great combinations of achitectural designs between the rock-carved cave temples and the freestanding stone structures. These temples is carved from asingle piece of living rock. The Rathas are in a awesome state of preservation and many of their carvings are as fresh today as they were 1,300 years ago.
Along with these beautifull temples, Mahabalipuram also places some fascinating attractions including Mandapa or rock santuries, Rock Reliefs and the Monalithic Rathas.