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A complex of stone temples are all that remain of the eighth-century Pallava dynasty that once thrived at Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram), on the coast south of Chennai. Learn the history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, visit the charming town, and relax on a sandy stretch of shore—all accessible on a day trip from Chennai.

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Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram in a day from Chennai with Guide & pick up drop

Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram in a day from Chennai with Guide & pick up drop

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Get a primer on Pallava-style architecture on this full-day private tour to Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram. Benefit from personal attention and the ability to travel at your own pace while visiting the Ekambareswar and Kailasanathar temples, then a local saree weaver. Moving on to the port of Mahabalipuram, see the Five Rathas, the shore temple, and Arjuna's Penance, learning about them through guided commentary.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$140.40
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$140.40
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Private Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

Private Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

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Mahabalipuram is an ancient port town known for its 6th-century rock-cut temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore exquisite stone statues on this exclusive city tour, which gives an in-depth overview of sites like the famous Five Rathas, a set of Dravidian rock temples, and the Sea Shore Temple, an 8th-century granite shrine facing the Bay of Bengal. Round out the day with visits to DakshinaChitra, a “living museum” dedicated to showcasing South Indian culture, and the Madras Crocodile Bank.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.60
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$45.60
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Mahabalipuram day trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

Mahabalipuram day trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

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The coastal town of Mahabalipuram makes an ideal day trip from bustling Chennai, but organizing admission fees and transportation to explore independently takes up valuable sightseeing time. On this tour, reach Mahabalipuram in comfort by private vehicle—with entry fees and round-trip transportation from your Chennai hotel included. Explore the Cave temples and rock sculptures with your guide to lead the way, and gain insight into Mahabalipuram’s fascinating 7th-century history.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$122.67
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$122.67
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An extraordinary - UNESCO Monuments Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

An extraordinary - UNESCO Monuments Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

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Travel by private, climate-controlled vehicle to Mahabalipuram, the seaside Tamil Nadu city famous for its UNESCO-listed rock-cut caves and monuments. See impressive, three-dimensional illustrations of the Mahabharata—India’s national epic—cut from colossal stones, and marvel at the ancient coastal Shore Temple. Tours include complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off in Chennai.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$44.32
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$44.32
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Private Tour to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram from Chennai

Private Tour to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram from Chennai

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Expore the Pallavas Grand architectural masterpiece on this full day tour from Chennai. Kanchipuram is a spectacular temple city known as city of thousand temples which reflects the Glorious Traditions of South India with its noted temples. Then experience UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Mahabalipuram group of Monuments, which was carved out of rock along the Coromandel Coast in the 7th and 8th centuries rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air reliefs such as the famous Descent of the Ganges, and the Shore Temple, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva
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  • 12 to 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.27
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$70.27
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Historical Walking Tour in Mamallapuram

Historical Walking Tour in Mamallapuram

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Go behind the scenes in the history-filled coastal city of Mamallapuram on this guided walking tour. Learn the mythological legends behind UNESCO-listed attractions like Arjuna’s Penance and the Five Rathas, which are based on stories from India’s national epic, the Mahabharata. You’ll also get a peek at the Shore Temple, a seaside Vishnu and Shiva shrine built in a Dravidian style.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.00
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$35.00
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Mahabalipuram Trip with Archaeologist

Mahabalipuram Trip with Archaeologist

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- Mesmerising narration by an young Archaeologist, unheard stories, unseen places. - Perspectives covering History, Archaeological, Architecture & Mythological - Visiting 7th Century Built monuments & temples – Rock-cut architecture, Shore temple, Lighthouse, - Walking around 2004 incident unearthed 2000 years old Subramaniya temple excavated site (Optional) - Looking at wonders of nature – Krishna Butter Ball, Sea Shell Museum (Optional) - Shopping seashells, stone sculptures and handicrafts
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$206.52
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$206.52
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Archaeologist curated Mahabalipuram Trip

Archaeologist curated Mahabalipuram Trip

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- Young Archaeologist curation, Mesmerising narration, unheard stories, unseen places. - 4 Dimensional perspectives covering History, Archaeological, Architecture & Mythological - Visiting 7th Century Built monuments & temples – Rock-cut architecture, Shore temple, Lighthouse, - Walking around 2004 incident unearthed 2000 years old Subramaniya temple excavated site - Looking at wonders of nature – Krishna Butter Ball, Sea Shell Museum - Shopping seashells, stone sculptures and handicrafts
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.76
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$73.76
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Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram in a day trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram in a day trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

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You can easily spend a full day exploring Kanchipuram and Mamallapuram's marvellous temples, caves and rock carvings. Most were carved from the rock during the 7th-century reign of Pallava king Narasimhavarman I, whose nickname Mamalla (Great Wrestler) gave the town its name. Official Archaeological Survey of India guides can be hired at sites.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$153.60
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$153.60
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Mahabalipuram Day tour (Pick up and drop from Chennai hotel)

Mahabalipuram Day tour (Pick up and drop from Chennai hotel)

UNESCO–listed Mahabalipuram is a popular stop on India’s tourist trail, but exploring the ancient temples independently means missing the hidden secrets they hold. On this tour, begin with pickup at your Chennai hotel and reach Mahabalipuram with ease. Take in top attractions including the cave temples of Mahishamardini and Varaha, and admire fine coastal views from Mahabalipuram Beach. Along the way, your guide sheds light on Mahabalipuram’s Hindu heritage.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$80.00
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$80.00
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Private Cultural Tour: Day Trip to Mahabalipuram and Dakshinachitra from Chennai

Private Cultural Tour: Day Trip to Mahabalipuram and Dakshinachitra from Chennai

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Enjoy a private cultural tour from Channai to Mahabalipuram and Dakshinachitra that showcases traditional South Indian culture, architecture and religion. Join your expert guide in comfortable air-conditioned transport as you make your way to a Dravidian (South Indian) village. See local artisans at work and gain insight into customs and traditions before wandering the halls of its small but impressive museum. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before making a stop at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Mahabalipuram. Experience the splendor of impressive rock-cut sculptures and decorated temples that offer up striking examples of Dravidian architecture. Transport to and from hotel is also included in this daylong tour with expert local guide from Chennai.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$130.00
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$130.00

2 Days - Private Tour to Mamallapuram and Pondicherry from Chennai

2 Days - Private Tour to Mamallapuram and Pondicherry from Chennai

Have time to take in the top attractions of Pondicherry and Mahabalipuram on a 2-day tour from Chennai. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Monuments of Mahabalipuram to see ancient rock-cut temples and carvings, then continue for an overnight in Pondicherry. On day two, your guide takes you to Auroville, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry Museum, and other landmarks, before your evening return to Chennai. Includes 4-star hotel accommodation with breakfast, and round-trip transportation.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$162.16
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$162.16
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Private Day Tour To Mahabalipuram From Chennai

Private Day Tour To Mahabalipuram From Chennai

On this day-excursion from Chennai visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mahabalipuram. Situated on the coast of the Bay of Bengal, the site has a fascinating collection of ancient cave and rock temples and sculptures dating back to the 7th and 8th century. Also visit one of the largest reptile zoos of the world. On the way back, stop at the village complex of Dakshinachitra. Overlooking the Bay of Bengal, this is a living arts and crafts museum where you can also see artisans and craftsmen at work. Highlights • Madras Crocodile Bank  • Five monolithic stone chariots • Shore temple and Cave temples • Sculpture of ‘The Descent of the Ganges’ • Living museum of Dakshinachitra
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$257.00
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$257.00
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Colonial Coromandal With Tranquebar Danish Quarter

Colonial Coromandal With Tranquebar Danish Quarter

This itinerary is a great mix of the East Coast in Tamilnadu with the colonial stories .Chennai has a great history for the British Colonialisation and Tranquebar tells about the Danish connection.The presence of Germans in Tranquebar is also significant .The first printing press in India was set up by the Germans in Tranquebar and Ziegenbalg House-A Museum on Intercultural Exchange tells a great story on the strong German presence in this area.To add a bit of local life and culture,we have beautifully handcrafted some nice story telling tours through Mahabalipuram,Kanchipuram and Kumbakonam etc.Tranquebar is still known for its great Danish style and influence.
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  • 12 days
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$1,706.67
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$1,706.67
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2 Day Royal Enfield Motorcycle tour from Chennai to Pondicherry & Mahabalipuram

2 Day Royal Enfield Motorcycle tour from Chennai to Pondicherry & Mahabalipuram

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We ride along coast on Royal Enfield Classic Motorcycle to explore World Heritage site of rock cut monuments in Mahabalipuram and French heritage at Pondicherry. An escort rider ensures ease of navigation through the traffic.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$266.67
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$266.67

One Day Tour Of Kanchipuram And Mahabalipuram Ex Chennai

One Day Tour Of Kanchipuram And Mahabalipuram Ex Chennai

A one day excursion from Chennai covering the historical temples of Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram. Explore the ancient temples and UNESCO world heritage sites in the temple town of Kanchipuram and the ancient port city of Mahabalipuram
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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$296.85
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$296.85
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Chennai to Pondicherry (2 Days)

Chennai to Pondicherry (2 Days)

In this two days private tour you will visit Kanchipuram the city of thousands temples and one of the seven most sacred pilgrim centers for the Hindus. Mahabalipuram the ancient 7th century port famous for its magnificent rock temples & carvings. You will stay overnight in Pondicherry the distinct French colonial town with well-laid out streets and avenues. The city presents an unusual combination of European culture and the Indian traditions. An added attraction here is the township of Auroville, an oasis of peace and enlightenment.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$306.80
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$306.80
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8 days Motorcycle tour from Chennai to Coromandel Coast on Royal Enfield

8 days Motorcycle tour from Chennai to Coromandel Coast on Royal Enfield

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India is best explored on a Royal Enfield motorcycle with its legendary thump. The tour is fully guided and comes with an escort rider to help you navigate through Indian traffic. Our escort rider is a cultural evangelist who will ensure you have an immersive cultural experience of India
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  • 8 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,472.00
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$1,472.00

Mahabalipuram Temple and Beach Day Tour from Chennai

Mahabalipuram Temple and Beach Day Tour from Chennai

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A fun tour with a combination of temple run and refreshing beach. After exploring the temples and the Mahabalipuram beach, just relax at the beach and visit plenty of ancient temples which were carved out of large monoliths and an wonder of ancient Indian mastery over stone. Professional surfers can try surfing also as the waters are very rough, however it is on guests own endeavor and nothing to do with our tour.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$39.52
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$39.52
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Jewel of South India, 4 days Royal Enfield Motorcycle tour from Chennai

Jewel of South India, 4 days Royal Enfield Motorcycle tour from Chennai

An escort rider who is also a cultural evangelist navigates the Indian traffic for you so you can enjoy the experience with peace of mind.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$528.00
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$528.00

Poetry in Stones - Day Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

Poetry in Stones - Day Tour to Mahabalipuram from Chennai

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There is no reason or season to experiences the extraordinary sculptural creations of poetry in stone that stands testimony to the unique Dravidian architectural monuments at Mahabalipuram
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.02
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$67.02
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Beach Holidays At Tranquebar-The Danish Village

Beach Holidays At Tranquebar-The Danish Village

This itinerary is a great mix of the East Coast in Tamilnadu with the colonial stories .Chennai has a great history for the British Colonialisation and Tranquebar tells about the Danish connection.And Pondicherry has a great story on its French days which is still quite eminent in the culture.The presence of Germans in Tranquebar is also significant .The first printing press in India was set up by the Germans in Tranquebar and Ziegenbalg House-A Museum on Intercultural Exchange tells a great story on the strong German presence in this area.To add a bit of local life and culture,we have beautifully handcrafted some nice story telling tours through Mahabalipuram,Pondicherry and Kumbakonam etc.Tranquebar is still known for its great Danish style and influence which are incorporated with the local life.The fishermen community in Tranquebar is and interesting case study for philanthropists.
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  • 12 days
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$1,285.34
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$1,285.34
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Temple of Tamilnadu Tour from Chennai

Temple of Tamilnadu Tour from Chennai

Eight days private round trip Temple of Tamilnadu with entry & exit from Chennai is design to cover all major small & large temple of Tamilnadu in South India. Begin in Chennai then proceed to Kanchipuram a temple town to Vellore a fort city with largest golden temple in world. Further drive to Tiruvannamalai to Trichy to Madurai to Rameshwaram see some largest active temple. Continue to explore Thanjore, Darasuram & Gangaikonda Cholapuram UNESCO WHS of the Great Living Chola Temples. Also visit Chidambaram Temple, Pondicherry the French colonial town & Mahabalipuram temple before ending the tour in Chennai.
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  • 8 days
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$1,280.00
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$1,280.00
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Mahabalipuram and Dakshinachitra trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

Mahabalipuram and Dakshinachitra trip from Chennai by Wonder tours

Mamallapuram (also called Mahaballipuram) is about an hour's drive from Chennai on the East Coast Road. It was the second capital and seaport of the Pallava Kings who ruled in the 5th century.The Shore Temple is among the oldest temples of South India and represents the final flowering of Pallava art. Arjuna's Penance, one of the world's biggest bas-reliefs depicts the story of the descent of the River Ganges from Heaven to Earth. Cave temples and massive monolithic sculptures (carved from a single large block of granite) make Mamallapuram a place to remember. DakshinaChitra is an exciting cross cultural living museum of art, architecture, lifestyles, crafts and performing arts of South India. The main mission is to exhibit, promote and preserve aspects of the broader, more inclusive cultures of the states and to bring these arts to the public in a participative, enjoyable and engaging way.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$190.84
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) costs USD 20.00. Guided Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) tours start around USD 20.00 per person. See all 37 Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) tickets and tours on Viator.
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