Mahabalipuram is one of South India's most popular
beach resorts. Situated 58 km from Chennai, it is just an hour's drive on the
East Coast Road with long stretches of unspoilt beaches and casuarina groves.
There are many interesting eating places en route for a leisurely beachside
meal. Mahabalipuram is a delightful mix of sun, surf and sand at the beachside.
Sea bathing is not allowed because the rough waters here can be dangerous. But
the beach itself with its majestic shore temple is a lovely sight to behold.
This is a massive bas-relief,
measuring 27 metres long and 9 metres high, carved along the curve of a hill.
The five rathas that remain out of the original eight,
depicting the temple cars, are excellent examples of monolithic rock sculpture.
This is a rock cut temple of the 7th century with
intricate sculptures depicting the story of Krishna lifting a mountain,
Govardhana, with his little finger.
The 7th century Shore Temple has withstood the
onslaught of time and Nature and stands erect against the backdrop of the mighty
ocean. This imposing temple has been declared as a World Heritage monument.
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