The temple town of Mamallapuram, also known as Mahabalipuram, is located on the Coromandel Coast on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, around 55 kilometers from the capital city of Chennai. This picturesque town attracts thousands of visitors with its spectacular beaches, sculptural panels, temples and caves. The ancient Rock Cut Art is another major attraction for tourists coming to Mahabalipuram tourism from different parts of the globe. Mamallapuram was first ruled by the Pallavas and was used as a main trading port. Pallavas were appreciative of the Dravidian art & culture and they were the ones who commissioned the world famous temples and monuments of Mamallapuram. Mahabalipuram Beach, the most famous of all attracts tourists with its marvelous monuments like the Sculptural Panels, Monolithic Rathas, Caves and Temples during Mahabalipuram tourism.
Mamallapuram is well connected by Air, Road and Rail with Chennai being the nearest airport. A systematic network of rail and road also connects this town with various parts of India. The general climate of Mahabalipuram is hot and sultry all through the year and the best time to visit this town is between October and March.
Apart from the natural beauty and the ancient heritages, Mahabalipuram tour also has other typical tourist attractions like the Crocodile Farm, Snake Venom Extracting Centre and School of Art and Sculpture. A month long Mamallapuram Dance Festival also attracts a number of visitors to this town where dances from all over India are staged along with the tribal dances and puppet shows.