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Monuments at Mahabalipuram

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Many interesting rock-cut temples and giant open-air reliefs from the 7th and 8th centuries.
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Mahabalipuram, India
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Easy to access. Antiquities on hill free to see. Lovely elephant carvings. Beware of the monkeys. Steps to further cave temples. Very hot so make sure you take water to drink. There s also a museum and lighthouse to see which you have to pay...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The construction in stone is worth seeing here. The old construction with its remains is worth seeing to imagine how it must have been when constructed considering both architecture of that time and the craftsmanship.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was one of my most favorite places that we visited in India. It is amazing that these ancient people were able to delicately carve these behemothly huge boulders with only chisels. The complexity of the bas-relief carvings and stand alone carvings was beautiful. The...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The intricacies of these rock carvings are spectacular. However, to truly appreciate the believed meanings of the carvings, it is important to have a guide bring the stories to life

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Joel P
Reviewed 1 week ago

The monuments and sculptures are amazing and the butter ball, a big boulder held by gravity beggars believe. Well worth the visit.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful monument So much talent All statues carved amazingly out of one huge rock Beautiful sea shore temple Breath taking view of the ocean

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It takes about one hour to view the temples and monuments behind Arjuna's Presence. Arjuna's presence is the most detailed of these monuments, and deserves some added time. You view that from outside the enclosure, on the road. This area can be crowded with tourists....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Herbert M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great history and stories carved into granite. This is a must do and not much walking involved. Also other Temples close by to make a great afternoon experience.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Perry H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mahabalipuram is very unique with so many things to see around this typical town. It was really pleasant to visit the place because it is well maintained.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank OdetteB91
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A royal treat of splendid sculptures not to be missed in one's lifetime. Kudos to the Department of Arts & Sculptures for upkeeping the tradition of beautiful rock carving.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Tridip H
27 May 2018|
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Response from debajyotid32 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can .... you can take bus from different place and visit that place......but need more information about that place....
30 November 2017|
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Response from RRajawat | Reviewed this property |
No. You may have to buy 2-3 tickets for different monuments. But at 1 spot there is a combo ticket- 5 rathas. Yes in south India - Full dress for females- chudidar, slacks suits, saris skirts are required. Perfect time is... More
9 August 2017|
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Response from anessexcouple | Reviewed this property |
No Try and make it to the top of the lighthouse... obviously not a monument... view is excellent. The small museum/display near the lighthouse make sure the interactive displays are working before payng