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Mahabalipuram Temples, Mamallapuram in Mahabalipuram

Summer: March- June (26°C - 41°C)

Winter: December –February(18°C to 32°C)

Monsoon: July-August

Best time to visit:  November-February

Opening Time: 6:00 am.
Closing Time: 5:30 pm.
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The Cave Temples of Mahabalipuramoverlook the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. These rock cut temples were originally used as temples during the Buddhist and Jain periods. Of the eleven caves in Mahabalipuram, the most well-known ones include the Varaha Cave Temple, Krishna Cave Temple, Panchapandava Cave Temple, and the MahishasuramardiniMandapa.
The shore temple built during the reign of Pallavas remains as one of India’s oldest structural stone temples and is a UNESCO world heritage site. This spectacular temple complex dating back to the 8th century comprises of three rock temples that stand on the coastline of the Bay of Bengal.
The main deity of this temple is Lord Shiva and the temples testify the unique Dravidian architectural style. Though the sea and wind erosion has caused damage to the carvings and intricate rock patterns, the sculptures on the Shore Temple remain the best masterpieces in temple architecture.


Road: The temples can be reached by an hour's drive from Chennai. Local buses, taxi, or auto rickshaws are available.

Railway: The nearest railway station is Chengalpattu (Chingleput), 29 k.m. northwest.

Airway: The nearest airportis Chennai international airportwhich is 42 km. away.