3 days / 2 Nights
Mahabalipuram is well known for its architectural monuments as well spectacular silver-sand beach. So, take Yatra's 3 day tour of the Marvellous Rock Temples of Mahabalipuram and enjoy a memorable getaway. Yatra’s efficient managers have carefully planned the itinerary, backed by Yatra’s excellent services that have made Yatra a trusted brand today. This package takes you to popular attractions, as Arjuna's Penance, Shore Temple, Pancha Rathas, Tiger Cave, and the natural rock formation called the Krishna’s Butter Ball. You also get leisure time to enjoy the serene beach life.
The beautiful city of Mahabalipuram is located in the Kanchipuram district of Tamilnadu, not far from Chennai. It is a historic town with a rich collection of sculptures and temples among other attractions. The city, under the Pallava rulers, developed a distinct architectural style that contributed greatly towards the advancement of the Dravidian architecture. Many of the monuments in the city have great significance. The Panch Rathas, made from granite rock, named after the Pandavas, Thirukadalmallai the temple of Lord Vishnu and the Sculpture Museum with many stone and wood sculpture are some of the main attractions in Mahabalipuram. The Shore Temple has been restored, but the antique look has been maintained due to the erosion of the carvings. The city also boasts a good collection of structures carved out of stone - Arjuna's Penance, Krishna's Butterball, and Mahishamardini Cave to name a few.
Post arrival at Chennai International Airport or railway station, meet a Yatra representative and drive towards Mahabalipuram. After travelling for 1.5 - 2 hours, reach your destination and check-in at the hotel.
Situated on the Coromandel Coast, Mahabalipuram is a historical town in Tamil Nadu. The town is recognised for various UNESCO-listed monuments, including the famous Shore Temple, and mandapas and rathas, carved out of rocks. The beauty of the place not only lies in its architectural sites, but also in its silver sandy beach, which makes it a fascinating tourist spot.
Spend your time at leisure, later return for night stay at the hotel.
Start your day with a visit to Arjuna's Penance.
Located in Kancheepuram, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Arjuna's Penance or Descent of the Ganges is a giant monument, consisting of intricate carvings on two monolithic boulders. It depicts the story from Mahabharata, when Arjuna (one of the Pandava brothers) performed deep penance to achieve Lord Shiva's weapon. And it also depicts the descent of Ganga to the earth.
Next move to Pancha Rathas, a set of five glorious rock temples in the shape of rathas or chariots. These rathas are splendid examples of the Dravidian style of architecture. Decreasing in size according to the age of the Pandava brother they are named after, they contain carvings and reliefs of various Hindu mythological characters.
Later, see Shore Temple, a magnificent stone shrine, overlooking the Bay of Bengal. The temple is a compound of three shrines, constructed by the Pallava dynasty. Two of the shrines are dedicated to Lord Shiva and the third one to Lord Vishnu. Its large and marvellous sculptures, including those of the presiding deities, Nandi, Goddess Durga and Kartikeya, attract a large number of tourists.
Also as part of this sightseeing venture, see Tiger Cave. Named so due to the carving of tiger heads on its exterior, this cave shrine is said to depict an incident from the life of Goddess Durga.
Thereafter, visit Krishna’s Butter Ball, a huge rock about 5 metres in diameter, balancing on a hill slope. It is quite popular with tourists and locals alike as an interesting backdrop for clicking photographs.
In the evening, return to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay in your room.
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