Mahabalipuram, at some 60 km away from Chennai on the Bay of Bengal, is a beautiful place for its shore temples, stretches of immaculate beach and rock-cut arts. It's popular for its structured temples which sit side-by-side of man-made caves and artful rathas. Beautifully sandwiched between rock-strewn projections, beach and lagoon, Mahabalipuram blends natural delights, history and tranquil village landscapes to make for a peaceful tourism.
There are many charming places of attractions for tourists in Mahabalipuram, and the gigantic, historical and divine bas-relief Arjuna's Penance is one of them. Art lovers can enjoy their time in historical caves like Varaha Cave, Mahisasurmardini Cave and Dharmaraja Cave. The rathas like Pancha Pandava Rathas, the linear Bhima Ratha, the square Draupadi and Arjuna Rathas and the taller Dharamraja Ratha add historical value here.
For those who savour rock-cut temples, the Krishna Mandapam or the Krishna Temple would be a perfect spot in Mahabalipuram. The Shore Temple is another popular spot here due to its architectural grandeur and artistic excellence. The Mahabalipuram Dance Festival, held annually in January/February every year against the captivating backdrop of the Shore Temple, draws lovers from all parts of the globe.
By Air Chennai is the nearest airport at 76 km which connect it to the rest of India, and world also.
By Rail Chengalpattu, at some 30 km, is the nearest railway station, which connects Mahabalipuram to major South Indian cities.
By Road Mahabalipuram is well connected by roads to many major south Indian cities, including Chennai.
The Tiger Caves is a famous rock-cut Hindu temple which is located in Saluvankuppam, Tamil Nadu. This temple was built in 8th Century by Pallavas and dedicated to Goddess Durga. This place is also famous for recreation spot among the local people. The entrance of the temple is covered with 11 tiger-esque heads that’s why local called “Tiger Caves”. There are also many images of the tiger in the temple.
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Dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, the 7th century Shore Temple at Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu ranks among the earliest structural temples in South India. A World Heritage Site, the temple is a genuine testimony to the regal heritage of this great country. The temple is named so because it’s located on the shores of Bay of Bengal and it is perhaps among the most photographed structural monuments in the country.