Mamallapuram Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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Mamallapuram Highlights

  • Pro
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     Magnificent rock cut Templs&beach!! 

  • Con
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     Hawkers 

  • In a nutshell
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     Worth seeing as a day trip. 

Mamallapuram Things to Do

  • Indian Dance Festival Mamallapuram

    From late december and january (from 23.12.2013 until 25.1.2014...) for a month every day from 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm, a perforemance of 3 to 4 different groups or solo artists each one having 3 to 4 dances in plain air, free entry.

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  • " R&D " - " I+D " "Panch Rathas"

    " Panch Rathas " " Five Chariots " The Rathas shrines are reminiscent of the wooden processional Charriots , vehicles of Gods and Heroes models , which exist in all the temples of South IndiaBy the sea , in the sand , which covered these sculptures for many years and in a place which were located the right size stones , are the results of the R & D...

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  • Lord Vishnu as Varaha ( Adi braha )

    This "mandapa" (Rock Temple) is dedicated to Vishnu in his avatar of Varaha, Wild BoarThere is a porch of pillars carved with figures of lions and inside there are some reliefs of Dradivian style, although some scholar said that in some of them there is some oriental influence.In one of the reliefs, depicts Vishnu when rescued from the bottom of...

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  • Arjuna Penance / Penitencia de Arjuna

    Good and bad news , the bad news is that it is unclear what represents this wonderful relief of 27 meters long , with more than one thousand figures of men and animals and the good news is that we can choose between two legends, that will tell to you, in order that you choose the one you like or stay with the two- " Penance of Arjuna " Arjuna was...

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  • Bola de mantequilla de -Krishna- Butter...

    They say that with the stone shaped as a "butter ball" Lord Krishna played and he lost it Among the pranks of child Krishna , it was to steal the butter when her mother was doing it and it is told in a story that on one occasion his adoptive mother opened her mouth to see if he was actually taking the butter and she saw the whole world within...

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  • Krishna Mandapam

    This is one of the eight Mandapams that we will enjoy in MamallapuramThe Mandapams or Halls are rock-cut temples made at the time of the Palava dynasty and the sculptors carved the stones with impressive realismAbove the cave are large boulders and in front of the cave is a portico of columns carved with mythological animalsIn one of the walls are...

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Mamallapuram Restaurants

  • Traditional eating house

    Old traditional eating house, for lunch only Thali, unlimited rice and vegetables, plus one chapati and one Papad, 60 Rupies (for that you have to get first a ticket at the counter). Morning and evening without getting a ticket first Masala Dosa, Idli and Puri. Poplar with Indian pilgrims. Quite good Thali with 6 different vegetable, yogurt, etc.

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  • Head or tails / Cara o Cruz

    The Moonraker a famous restaurant among travelers is in Othavadai street, which is the meeting point for many foreigners, where you can find books and all those things we ( travellers- Tourists ) need , like Indian clothes, figures and souvenirs from the North India, toiletries ...We had to throw a coin for head or tails to decide , because the the...

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  • Delicious Fish Curry & Rice

    The Blue Elephant is a multi-cuisine restaurant on an interesting side street packed with shops, guesthouses, and restaurants. With an extensive menu you'll find plenty of veg and non-veg options including a lot of seafood. Usually when there are too many options/cuisines on a menu, food quality suffers. That wasn't the case here. The Blue Elephant...

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  • THE BEST SEA FOOD IN THE TOWN!!!

    Hello, we spent a lovely three weeks at Sunrise in 2006 and it looks as if it has become EVEN better than when we were there.We didn't plan to stay long in Mamallapurum (we had been travelling in India for months and were used to moving on fairly quickly) but the amazing people at Sunrise made it so we just didn't want to leave! At one point, we...

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  • Fabulous food !

    I've been to Mamallapuram a number of times and find myself contantly drawn back to Le Ritz. The restaurant is at the back of the building and offers a quiet location, a choice of inside or courtyard dining and a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The menu includes a good selection of tasty Indian dishes, excellent fresh seafood and a smattering of...

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  • Gallic flavour

    This place has a Gallic flavour about it as it's owned by a Frenchman so there's lots of crepes for desert on the menu. The menu also includes a lot of seafood such as big prawns (Rs260) and tiger prawns (Rs370), steaks (Rs160) plus the usual Indian fair. Food took a while to come and the waiters are a bit idiotic and jumpy.

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Mamallapuram Transportation

  • Royal Enfield from mallapuram to pondy

    I hired a Royal Enfield Classic 500cc at Mamallapuram at Chennai. There are many shops in Chennai and Mamallapuram hiring bikes, mopeds, scooters including the awesome Royal Enfields. Some of them are SFA Motorcycle Rentals 9952100400. Bike Hire Chennai 9840563179 Chennai Motorcycle Rentals 8939768855. The Royal Enfield 500cc costs about Rs.1200 to...

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  • To Mamallapuram

    Mamallapuram is well connected with Chennai and Pondicherry, from Chennai its just 50 Kms and from Pondicherry its just 95Kms. Best and economical option is catching Bus its really cheap and easily available. But if you really want to catch bus then try to get it from station called "Koyambedu" or "Thiruvanmiyur". These two station are starting...

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  • Motorcycle/Enfield Bullet rentals

    For Bullet rentals (350cc) contact Ganesh in Mamallapuram at 9384066777. He'll willingly rent out bikes for months at a time without any limits on where you may want to take the bike in India. I've rented bikes from him for years and if there's ever any problem he gladly takes care. If you have a problem out of state with the bike he'll help...

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Mamallapuram Shopping

  • Stone-Cut Sculptures

    You'll find stone cutters in the Mamallapuram complex and on the roads leading in/out of Mamallapuram. It's very interesting to watch the craftsmen at work. You may get a little pressure to buy but decline politely if not interested. The statues make a wonderful souvenir/gift from India. Statues - mostly Hindu deities - come in all sizes (from a...

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  • Buying sculptures and shopping in...

    Buying sculptures and shopping in MamallapuramThere are lot of shops around the main sightseeing places. And the best part of visiting I was able to see real people working on those amazing sculptures. They got huge sculptures which can only be lifted by cranes and at the same time they got tiny sculptures which can be held in palm. There are few...

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  • Granite statues

    If you don't find what you're looking for, here in this street, just outside the Aruna's Penance Monument, you won't find it nowhere else.What a pity those statues are so heavy. I would have liken a enormous Shiva in my back garden.

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Mamallapuram Local Customs

  • Stone carving - Tallado de la piedra

    They left an unfinished stone cut and we may see how how they made ​​holes, according to the court line that they wanted, in order to introduce wooden wedges that when wet should expand and cause the crack that breaks the stone.After that and once moved the piece to the working area , only is needed much art, much patience, a chisel and...

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  • People - La gente

    Sympathy and happiness of the people in India is infectious, no group of children that you meet will not smile or tell you something and the same goes for older people, always ready to strike up a conversation, despite the language problemsLa simpatía y la alegría de la gente en la India es algo contagioso, no hay grupo de niños que no te sonría o...

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  • Find anything / Encuentra lo que quieras

    It's nice to wander through the stalls on the streets, by its colourful , the order in which they have placedtheir belongings and the sympathy and good treatment of the sellers Da gusto pasear por los puestos que hay en la calle, por su colorido , el orden en que colocan lo que tienen y la simpatía de los vendedores

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Mamallapuram Warnings and Dangers

  • Mamallapuram warnings and dangers in...

    Mamallapuram warnings and dangers in generalTravelling in India and that to in south india except from November-January is really difficult because of hot weather. Even though I finished visiting my complete Mamallpuram trip in a day I felt really exhausted reaching home. Anywhere in Tamilnadu I enjoyed visiting places during early morning and...

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  • Indian ocean- rough sea

    We were sitting on The beach of Mamallapuram, Wien a big wave almost took us Wihurin It. Peter was with me and I looked at him in horror he was still sitting th there. After that I have felt The see dangerous. Many tourists swim in The see althought It is not recommended. Once I tried to swim, BKT Wien I sin,t finder bottom where It should have...

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  • Little Bumps in the Road. . .

    This "warning" really applies to India as a whole ~ anything that can go wrong often will. Trains are late, tires go flat, taxi drivers get completely lost. . .you have to be willing to let go of frustration, otherwise you'll become hopelessly mired in it.Never pin your hopes on getting somewhere at an exact time, or on having the exact meal that...

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Mamallapuram Tourist Traps

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    by muddybok Updated Mar 2, 2006

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    Actually am enjoyed my India trip a lot even though I see a lot of people keep asking for things, like Rupees, "1 photo", "gifts" and many more.

    The twos that painted with blue faces were asking me to sign the name and give money to support their friend who is going to has his wedding ceremony. When I mentioned that am not interested... one of them was asking me to put my name in there. So I thought they just wanted some moral support or bless the wedding. After putting my name in the booklet, they ask me for money to be contributed. Of course I insisted I am not giving. I just don't like people to trick me and asking for force donation.

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Mamallapuram Off The Beaten Path

  • More than one year after Tsunami

    Here is a fishing village at Mamallapuram one year after the Tsunami. Before the Tsunami they lived on the other side of the trees on the beach. They are in temporary shelter one year later. You will see these temporary shelter villages along the coast.

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  • Mamallapuram's History

    If you've forgotten reading your usual travel guide before visiting the Mamallapuram historical monuments, no problem, this granite pannel tells you everything about it.

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Mamallapuram Sports & Outdoors

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    Mamallapuram new surfing spot in India

    by mehulraj Updated Jan 4, 2013

    Mamallapuram new surfing spot in India

    Surfing—Its new trend picking up on Indian sea shore now. I have read many article about it over the years and it is believed that western sea shore is idle for surfing. I doubt it actually as the waves height is very small compared what I saw on Hawaii beaches or ideal for surfing but still people are eager about surfing and picking up as new hobby now in India.

    And in Mahabalipurm its something new and it was the first time I saw people surfing. I got to know about few resort hotels are renting surfing board to tourist. And place called Kovalam ( which near to Mahabalipuram) is more famous destination compared to Mahabalipuram for surfing.

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Mamallapuram Favorites

  • Macro view of the 5 Rathas

    This is the picture you are going to end up with of the 5 Rathas (stone carved chariots) if you are a foreigner and too cheap to pay the 250 Rupees to go in and get a closer look. On the plus side you can use the money you saved to buy lunch at an upscale place.Here is where you will find the elephant, nandi and lion stone carvings.

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  • Pancha Pandava

    A mile south of the main section of Mamallapuram, there is another group of rock-cut temples called the Pancha Pandava. Constructed in the 7th and 8th centuries, four of the temples are carved from a single boulder. There is also a giant lion and elephant. This site is pay entry ~ higher for foreigners than for Indians ($5 US if I recall correctly,...

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  • Arjuna's Penance Part 2

    Although this piece is most commonly known as Arjuna's Penance, we were told that there is actually some debate over who the central figure really is. . .

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Thirukkadalmalai
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The Shore Temple - Templo de la Orilla
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Fishing - La Pesca
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Sunset in the beach - Playa al atardecer
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A Water melon ? - Una sandía ?
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Stonemasons - Canteros
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Salt, sand and wind - Sal, arena y viento
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Tiger's Cave Temple, Mamallapuram
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Varaha Mandapam, Mamallapuram
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Shore Temple - sitting on the Bay of Bengal
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Nakula Sahadeva Ratha
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Dharmaraja Ratha
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Bhima Ratha - the largest Ratha
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Nandi - Shiva's Bull Mount
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Arjuna Ratha
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Draupadi Ratha - the smallest Ratha
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Panch Rathas
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Krishna's Butter Ball
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World's Largest Bas-Relief
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Shore Temple
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Trimurthi Cave Temple, Mahabalipuram
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Shore Temple II, Mamallapuram
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Shore Temple, Mamallapuram
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Rayar Gopuram, Mamallapuram
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Ramanuja Mandapam
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Olakkannesvara temple
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Somaskanda panel, Mahishamardini Cave
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Mahishamardini Panel, Mahishamardini Cave
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Mahishamardini Cave, Seshasayi Vishnu Panel
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Krishna Mandapam
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Dharmaraja Ratha
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Bhima Ratha
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Ganesh Ratha
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Nakula Sahadeva Ratha
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Arjuna Ratha
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Draupadi ratha
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Pancha Rathas or Five Rathas
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Arjuna's Penance
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Mamallapuram Light house
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Lord Krishna's Butter Ball
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