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Mahabalipuram Beach

Mahabalipuram Beach also known as Mamallapuram Beach this beach on the shores of the Bay of Bengal has a coastline spanning a distance of over 20 km with beautiful beaches. It is located 58km from Chennai on the Mahabalipuram road, the golden sandy beach is a picturesque place bounded by the shimmering sea and rolling hills.

This Beach is identified as the most pristine beaches of Tamil Nadu; the beach attracts thousands of tourists throughout the year. The beach is an idle place for sunbathing and lazing around. The sea is rough and swimming is not recommended.

Mahabalipuram beach also has some ancient historical monuments in its close proximity and this is the main reason of attraction of this beach. Mahabalipuram is famous for its shore temples in South India built by the Pallava King Rajasimha in the early 8th century and the world's largest bas-relief, the 'Penance of Arjuna', which is 96ft long and 43 ft high, the five rathas and the tiger's cave along the beach.

On the way to Mahabalipuram Beach is Dakshinachitra, 28 km from Chennai, a heritage space with exhibitions and workshops of the arts and crafts including traditional home architecture and performing artists of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.

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During the month of January and February of every year Department of Tourism, Government of Tamil Nadu hosts a Dance Festival at Mahabalipuram. The festival which lasts for a month has exponents of both classical dances and folk dances in an open air stage against the magnificent backdrop of the Pallava rock sculptures.

Wide choices of accommodation for longer stays are provided at various rates along the beach draw holiday seekers all round the year. Other worth visiting places are crocodile farm where about 5000 crocodiles of 6 different species, alligators and other reptiles are bred in captivity, kept in open, marshy enclosures, snake venom extracting centre and a school of art and sculpture.

Snake venom extracting center, Schools of art and sculpture and a wide choice of resorts along the beach draw holiday-seekers all round the year. Mahabalipuram beaches are a good place for sunbathing and other related activities. The resorts that lay scattered all along the Coromandel offers a range of leisure activities such as diving, wind surfing and motor boating.
The magical land of Mahabalipuram is probably one of the finest un-spoilt beaches in India on the coastline of Tamil Nadu. On the shores of the breathtakingly beautiful Bay of Bengal Mahabalipuram is truly alluring.


 Dakshinachitra
 Arjuna's Penance
 Five Rathas
 Tiger's Cave
 Mahabalipuram Beach Shore Temple


By Air:
The nearest airport is at Chennai International Airport which is about 58-km way from Mahabalipuram which has both domestic and international terminus. Chennai is connected with all the major places in India through the numerous domestic flights. International flights also operate from various parts of the world to Chennai.

By Rail:
The nearest railway stations from Mahabalipuram are Chengalpattu (29-km) and Chennai (58-km). From these stations one has to take the road to reach Mahabalipuram.

By Road:
Mahabalipuram is connected with a good network of roads. There are buses available from Pondicherry, Kanchipuram, Chengalpattu and Chennai to Mahabalipuram daily. One can also hire a taxi from Chennai.

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